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From Nepal, a Push to End Human Trafficking

In Awareness, Human Trafficking on July 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

We caught up with Ms. Pradhan Malla, a lawyer and advocate at Nepal’s Supreme Court, this month after she received a Lotus Leadership Award from the Asia Foundation in New York for her work against human trafficking.

Here is an edited version of the telephone interview:

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A: Back in 2000, we found 118 legal provisions in Nepalese law that were discriminatory against women. While we’ve made significant progress, we are still working to tackle the two discriminatory laws left in Nepal: polygamy and citizenship. Compared to other Asian countries, Nepal has strong laws against human trafficking. But now the challenge is how to implement the human trafficking law.

Q: What are key challenges?

A: There are some serious problems with policy in Nepal. For example, in order to protect women from being trafficked, the government has a restrictive policy for foreign employment. Because of this, women who want to seek foreign employment are forced to use fake passports to illegally move to another country.

Another issue is how to measure justice for survivors. I recently worked on one case involving the trafficking of six girls from Nepal. The trafficker was sentenced to 117 years’ imprisonment. When we asked the victims if they were satisfied with the length of the sentence, they said, “Yes, but what about us? The accused doesn’t have any property and the government doesn’t have any mechanism to compensate us.” Justice is collectively demanded and individually experienced. Even if we have laws, how do we ensure that survivors feel like justice is being achieved?

Most importantly, the root cause needs to be addressed — the poverty, illiteracy, corruption. In many human trafficking cases, people are lured by economic benefits.

Source: New York Times

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Human trafficking racket busted; 5 Nepali girls rescued

In Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on June 28, 2013 at 9:22 am

Police today busted a human trafficking racket with the arrest of one person and rescued five Nepali girls, who were supposed to be sold at Rs 2,000 each, at Anandnagar railway station here.

“On a tip-off that girls belonging to neighbouring Nepal were being taken by Nautanva-Gorakhpur intercity express train for trafficking, GRP arrested Dula Ram,” station officer GRP Binod Kumar Kaul said.

During interrogation, Dula Ram said that he was supposed to hand them over to his accomplice in Gorakhpur in lieu of Rs 2,000 per girl, and later these girls were meant to be sent out of the country, Kaul said.

A case has been registered and investigation is on, Kaul said adding the girls are being sent back to Nepal.

Source: Business Standard

Survivors of the Sex Trade of India and Nepal

In Awareness, Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on June 8, 2013 at 9:22 am

Every year, thousands of women are sold and trafficked across the border from Nepal to India. They eventually end up in India’s brothels where they face an extremely hard life. This short documentary shares the true stories of three survivors of human trafficking.

Advocate to speak on child trafficking in Nepal

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 12, 2013 at 12:24 pm

While volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home in Godawari, Grennan learned that most of the children were not orphans as he had previously thought, but victims of trafficking.

After returning to the United States, Grennan learned that child traffickers had taken seven of the children he had befriended in Nepal. Grennan moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, and founded Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting trafficked children with their families, according to a University Lectures Series flier.

Grennan has successfully reconnected more than 350 families that were separated by child trafficking, according to the flier.

Source: Daily Orange

Two Nepalese trafficking victims rescued in Haiti: IOM

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on November 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Two Nepalese men were rescued from prison-like conditions in Haiti after 11 months at the mercy of human traffickers who had promised them jobs in the United States, the International Organization for Migration said on Tuesday.

The men, in their 30s, had been recruited in their native Nepal by a human smuggling network that had charged them an unspecified fee in exchange for legal immigration and work in the US, Jumbe Omari Jumbe, a spokesman for the Geneva-based organisation told reporters.

Since starting their journey last November, the men had been shuttled through Singapore, China, Brazil, Panama and finally on to Haiti – supposedly their last stop before reaching the US – and had been provided official visas for each country they stopped in. “It reads like a detective story,” Jumbe said, pointing out that the smugglers must have had a massive network since they “actually obtained visas from all these countries.” “They must have paid thousands of dollars,” he added.

Although the two men had been willingly smuggled initially, they became trafficking victims when they arrived in Haiti in January this year and were taken to a private home in the northern city of Cap Haitien. “They were kept as virtual prisoners with little food and dirty drinking water,” Jumbe said, adding that the family had confiscated their passports, threatened them and demanded money.

Source: Daily Times (Pakistan)

Teaching Her: One Woman’s Mission to Give Nepali Child Trafficking Survivors an Education

In Child Labor, Child Sex Trafficking, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking, Social Justice on October 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Aawaaj is an organization in Nepal that helps disadvantaged girls, many who have been trafficked for labor, succeed in school. (Photo c/o Aawaaj)

When Irada Prajuli Gautam was just 19 years old, she traveled from her comfortable home in western Nepal to the rural midwestern area of the country to work as a nurse for Save the Children. A young Nepali woman whose parents had always encouraged her to pursue education, Gautam was overwhelmed by the scarcity and economical depression she found in this mountainous, roadless region that was recently wracked by political violence.

Here the brutal realities of poverty are felt most harshly by girls, who are married at very young ages, often verbally, physically and sexually abused, and regularly trafficked for the sex trade or child labor. Many girls, even if they live with stable families, have such overwhelming workloads at home that they cannot attend school. “I saw lots of girls who were not happy being a daughter,” Gautam says. “They faced discrimination on a family level and society at large. They were not getting equal love and care as boys.”

Gautam spent the next 10 years working in this area as a nurse before deciding that she could do more as a leader of a grassroots organization that would focus on changing the societal norms. “I saw misery and unbalance among the girls,” she says. “I felt like I had to give them a voice.”

Source: Take Part

Trafficking ring: 39 children rescued from Anand Vihar

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm

In one of the biggest operations against human trafficking, a joint team of the Delhi Police and an NGO rescued 39 children and apprehended 21 traffickers from Anand Vihar Railway Station on Thursday.

Sources said a member of NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) saw a group of children being trafficked in Seemanchal Express in Katihaar (Bihar). The member informed the local railway police and managed to rescue six children before the train departed.

According to the sources, details provided by the children rescued at Katihaar were shared with the Delhi Police and a rescue operation was planned.

“The train was checked multiple times before reaching Delhi with several BBA activists boarding the train in Ghaziabad, before it reached its final destination, to ensure safety and recovery of the trafficked children,” said a spokesperson of the NGO.

Delhi Police said 16 children have been trafficked from Nepal through Bihar and this raid has yet again brought the issue of rampant cross-border trafficking to light.

Source: Hindustan Times

Child trafficking is rife in Nepal – legitimate orphanages suffer

In Awareness, Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on March 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Due to widespread corruption and child trafficking, the Nepalese government currently has a freeze on international child adoption to Western countries. There have been rampant cases of abuse, false statements and fake documents.

With many unregistered orphanages in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal housing thousands of trafficked children, the thriving market for illegal adoption is a very lucrative business. The high demand from the West for adoptive children is fuelling this growing trade.

According to RT, it has now emerged that 80 per cent of the children that were put up for adoption already had parents.

Uneducated parents in the outlying villages, with little money, are easily persuaded to give up their children for a mere $15 and the promise of a better life and good education for the children. The children are then sold on to the approximately 500 illegal orphanages in the city. From there an orphaned child can then fetch up to $25,000 if sold on to families from abroad.

In Nepal child rights organizations estimate that there are currently around 15,000 children living in orphanages in the city, although these numbers are difficult to keep track of, as many of the orphanages are not registered or regulated by the government.

Source: Digital Journal

Nepalese Minors In Indian Brothels – OpEd

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 17, 2012 at 3:31 pm

 Every year, thousands of Nepalese girls are trafficked into Indian brothels to feed the booming demand of the Indian sex industry. There are thousands more, who have already been covertly living in various brothels of India.

The majority of the trafficked girls are lured by pimps and traffickers. The reality is heart-rending, as the huge numbers of girls, sold to these brothels as sex slaves, are minors. According to a UN report, Asia has about one million children engaged in sex trade. In the South Asian context, India has the largest sex industry. There are approximately 2,50,000 Nepalese girls, forced to live in a servile brothel atmosphere. The number of trafficked girls may be more, as there is no exact measure to monitor the flow.

News: Eurasia News

Stopping Sex Slavery on the Tibet Border

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Free for Life International, a non-profit organization based in Franklin, Tennessee in partnership with Peace Rehabilitation Center (P.R.C.) of Kathmandu, Nepal is pleased to announce the opening of the very first human trafficking border monitoring station on the Tibet border. This station is designed to prevent the buying and selling of young Nepali girls into Tibet. Traffickers continue to lure young women through false promises of a better life, but instead of prosperity what awaits them is a life of sexual slavery. Each year an estimated 1,000 young Nepali women are trafficked out of the country.

Free for Life and P.R.C. have experienced remarkable success at their existing Krishnanagar monitoring station along the Indo-Nepal border. In the past 15 months at this station, 117 girls have been rescued from a life of sex slavery, and 9 traffickers have been brought to justice.

Anti-trafficking experts report an alarming increase in sex trafficking into the border town of Zhangmu, Tibet which is popular with tourists. Free for Life believes that this groundbreaking border station, located at this crossing, has the potential to prevent and/or rescue hundreds of young girls from a life of slavery.

Source: Christian News Wire

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