In a photo essay on Sunday, Al Jazeera shed light upon the shocking extent of human trafficking of women and girls in Nepal — particularly where the landlocked nation meets neighboring India. The mountainous border between the two nations has long been a global hotspot for human trafficking but the situation has become critical in the years following the devastating earthquake of Today, an estimated 54 women and girls are trafficked across the border into India every single day. Rising poverty as a result of the earthquake has pushed an increasing number of women to seek jobs in India and beyond, leading many to find themselves trafficked across the border and forced to work in brothels, fisheries, and factories. After ordering a passenger bus bound for India to stop in Bhairahawa, Maheshwori Nepali centre — a rescued trafficking victim turned anti-trafficking NGO worker — questions a couple not seen and checks their documents in an attempt to determine whether they are truly related or if it is a case of a trafficker travelling with his unsuspecting victim.
Every year, 12, women and girls are trafficked from Nepal to a life of sexual servitude in India. Many can never go back, but one survivor wants to build them a new home. When year-old Sunita Danuwar woke up, she had no idea where she was. She had on strange clothes; her hair had been cut. Danuwar, now 34, quickly learned that she -- like 12, other Nepali women and girls a year -- had been trafficked hundreds of miles away to an Indian brothel.
Thousands Of Nepali Girls Trafficked To India As Sex Workers Every Year
The Government of Nepal does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking but is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated overall increasing efforts compared to the previous reporting period; therefore Nepal remained on Tier 2. These efforts included identifying significantly more male trafficking victims than in previous years and creating and funding a law enforcement bureau dedicated solely to human trafficking crimes—the Anti-Trafficking-in-Persons Bureau Anti-TIP Bureau. However, the government did not meet the minimum standards in several key areas. Its laws do not criminalize all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking, and despite a large number of Nepali male trafficking victims overseas, government protection efforts disproportionately focused on female victims.