Tiny Hands Nepal – Sex-Trafficking in Nepal: Our partnership with Tiny Hands Nepal

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Each year in Nepal, an estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked across the border where they are sold into Indian brothels and forced to become prostitutes. These girls range between ages 7 and 24, with an average age of 15.

Most of the girls are poor and come from villages where they are lured by false marriages, or the promises of employment or education. Many of them are sold by their families. They are usually processed through Kathmandu on their way to the Nepal-India border, where they face a very meager checkpoint.

Others are trafficked into China despite China’s more controlled processes. When they reach their destination at a brothel usually in a nearby city, they quickly learn of their fate. Most of these young girls are virgins, and virgins are more valuable to traffickers (the myth that having sex with a virgin or younger girl will cure HIV and other STDs is common). Consequently, nearly all of these girls are forced to begin having sex with clients within a day of their arrival. Many are gang-raped and beaten to be initiated. Their torturous introduction is designed to ensure future compliance.

Often these girls are forced to have unsafe abortions in the brothel, since many of the men do not use condoms. HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases are very common. After they are found to have HIV, the girls are thrown out. If they return to their villages, they face being ostracized because of where they have been—because of what was done to them. Many times their families will not take them back and their prospects for marriage or a job are very slim. Of those who don’t die of AIDS, most end up back on the street, selling themselves.

Tiny Hands Nepal have multiple years of experience in intercepting these girls. To date over 7,000 girls have experienced freedom thanks to their border monitoring and interception practices. Traditionally focused on the Indian border, Captivating International has partnered with Tiny Hands to commence the same program on the Nepal/Chinese border. Trial programs and research are proving successful with girls being interviewed and intercepted every month from 2 border monitoring programs. This small organization is amazing and we look forward to an expanding relationship with them.

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False Job Overseas

With the pretext of a better job opportunity in Israel, Yoona (name changed) was being lured by a pimp. She was asked to take out a loan of Rs. ten lakh (USD 8,500) from a local cooperative. However, there is no legal provision for foreign employment in Israel for Nepalese women.




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Lies, Tricks, and False Promises

Twelve Nepali girls were being trafficked to India with false promise of jobs. When all of these girls were intercepted and investigated about their travel plans, it was found that they were all tricked for fake job offers. They were falsely told that they would be performing dances in events and programs of rich people in India for which they would be receiving money.




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Timely Interception

Tanuja (name changed for protection and privacy), 19, lost her father when she was younger. Before her father died, he took a loan from the bank to build them a house. However, they were left with a huge financial burden after her father died, and without any other source of income. Things got worse when her uncle cheated them and transferred the ownership of the house under his name, and Tanuja and her mom where forced out of the house.




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Team Intercepts Three Females at Border

Recently, three female victims, Sakshi* (18), Maya* (21), and Bimala* (17), were intercepted by our team as they attempted to cross the border into India. These three women had been working as servers at a guesthouse in South Asia.




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Six Girls Intercepted, Trafficker Convicted

Six young girls, all appearing nervous and restless, were found in a cart about to cross the border. Seeing several red flags on their travel plans, they were taken aside for further inquiry.




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Pimped by Her Cousin

Maya (name changed for protection and privacy) is 23 and works in a hotel as a cleaner. Things were going well for her until a fateful encounter with her cousin.