Women In Difficult Circumstances Project, Makawanpur

The prevalence of girl trafficking in Nepal is astounding. It is estimated that Between 7,000 and 10,000 girls, between the ages of 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal to India. More than 200,000 Nepalese girls are involved in the Indian sex trade.

Efforts to stop girl trafficking have been seriously constrained by both cultural taboos and the government’s reluctance to address girl trafficking. The retired army personnel and the person who have worked in India are playing key role of girls trafficking of their own villages and surroundings. They also threaten NGO staff not to work, speak against girls trafficking. The Nepali government has ignored girl trafficking, while local villagers often pretend that it doesn’t exist. Due to the clandestine nature of the girl trafficking industry, even international organizations (such as the United Nations, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International) have had difficulty in knowing the full scope of the trafficking of girls and women.

The decade of long conflict forced girls to migrate to cities in search of job, where most of the girls end up with sexual exploitation, mostly these girls engaged in carpet industry, dance restaurant, cabin restaurant, bars and domestic work, where these girls are highly prone to exploited sexually. Once they are used to it, they further add other girls of their own village to these professions.

Project Duration:Mid July 2008 – Mid July 2010

Goal:

Improve in protection of girl children from trafficking in Hetauda municipality and 3 adjoining VDCs of Makwanpur district by February 2011.

Immediate Objectives:
  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of an estimated 10,700 men and women in Hetauda municipality and 3 VDCs about the trafficking of women and girls and its consequences by February 2011.
  • Promote girl child education and facilitate youth development within the target area by February 2011.
  • Develop sustainable livelihood opportunities for approximately 130 women and girls who have been victims of trafficking by February 2011.
  • Assist in the reintegration of an estimated 70 trafficked women and their children into the society by February 2011.
  • Facilitate medical treatment for an estimated 30 trafficked women and their children who have developed HIV / AIDS and STI (sexually transmitted infections) by February 2011.