HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NEPAL
Many women throughout the world are tricked, kidnapped, and brutally forced into sexual slavery. Nepal is a source country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation. NGO’s estimate that 10,000 to 15,000 girls are trafficked across the border where they are sold into Indian brothels and forced to become prostitutes, while 7,500 children are trafficked domestically. These girls range between ages 7 and 24, with an average age of 15. Imagine every year 36 Boeing 747’s filled with women and children trafficked to India and 36 school buses full of children trafficked within Nepal. In many cases, relatives or acquaintances facilitate the trafficking of women and young girls into sexual exploitation. Poverty is the root cause of trafficking in the nation. Nepal is in the bottom 20th percentile of poorest countries in the world with almost one-quarter of its population living below the poverty line and almost half of the population is unemployed. Because of the lack of jobs in Nepal, many traffickers go to the villages and tell the women that there are jobs available in India. The traffickers take the women with them to India and sell them into brothels. These precious daughters are forced to have sex with as many as 40 clients a day. If they protest, or try to run away, they are beaten or tortured. Once the women are in India it is very difficult for them to return to Nepal. They don’t speak the language. They don’t have any money, and often times their traffickers tell them that they are in debt and need to “pay back” their debt. 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 what they have been through 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. This kind of story happens all the time.