Visit to Community Village & construction of a HELPDESK to combat human trafficking in Nepal
by Julie Colquhoun
Raising awareness, on the ground support and encouraging local leaders to get involved is one of the strategies of Captivating International’s partner, 3 Angels Nepal (3AN) in combating human trafficking. During a recent visit with guests to one of the high target areas (because of poverty, illiteracy, and lack of education this is a risk area) a meeting was held to hear from local leaders, the principal of a college, 3AN, Captivating and the local police of the continual need for support to reduce the risk of children and women being trafficked and also aid in the area of domestic violence.
A story was told of children being targeted at a school college, encouraging them to leave school and go to an “amazing job that was waiting for them” in India, when in fact they were being tricked into sex slavery and other unmentionable acts of violence.
A HELP DESK which will be run by local leaders, in conjunction with the police and 3AN staff is being constructed in the village, near the local police station with the aim of being an emergency hot-line/help-desk support to victims, girls seeking rescue, information and legal advice.
Anita (name changed for privacy and protection), 12, was rescued in 2020 with the help of our partner, 3 Angels Nepal. She was provided counselling and proper care especially that she was pregnant. Now, she's ready to come home with her healthy baby boy.
Throughout the Nepal lockdown, 3 Angels Community Radio has been continuously helping communities through informative radio programming as well as distribution of basic necessities such as food and clothing.
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Anjana, 30, is married and has 2 children. Because she married at an early age of 16 with neither her or her husband having any source of income, their parents refused to support them. She felt the need to work or start her own business, but she had no means of funding. To support the family, Anjana’s husband started working at a cobbler’s place. There he earned about NPR 6,000 (AUD 65) per month, which was barely enough to provide for their rent and other basic needs. They struggled financially.