The focus was on child marriage. The stage, lined with honoured guests, most of whom were men, saw one speaker after another, from the ministry to community organisations, declare their commitment to protecting Nepali girls from early marriage. Their recommendations included a catalogue of technocratic and fundable solutions: awareness raising, strengthening and enforcing policy, and more education for girls. Each speech was punctuated by the worst-case child marriage scenarios articulated through dance.
Do Slave Markets Exist In India For Girls From Nepal And Bangladesh?
Nepal is known worldwide as a serene silent country surrounded by the highest mountains with fluttering prayer flags. Religious tolerance and harmony such as is found in Nepal, perhaps a unique example to the world. But there is another side of the story that Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. About one-quarter of the Nepalese population is currently living below the poverty line. Nepal is also mainly a source country for young girls and children subjected to sex trafficking. UNICEF reports that as many as 7, women and girls are trafficked annualy from Nepal across the border where they are sold into Indian brothels and forced to become prostitutes where some of them are brought to Kathmandu Massage Salons and Cabin Restaurants. Although many of these girls are kidnapped from small villages and towns in Nepal, many of them are also sold outright by their own families for money.
The small woman moves lightly across the concrete floor. Wearing socks and sandals, she carries glasses of mud-coloured milk tea, which she sets on an ankle-high table. There are no chairs in this room, so she kneels on the floor, waiting to speak.
P riya was just 12 when she was drugged by an aunt and dumped at a brothel in New Delhi. But thousands of Nepali girls are trafficked across the 1,km India-Nepal border and sold to brothels. Owning "Helambu girls" became a mark of high social status.