NEPAL - Nepalgunj Border Monitoring Station

Raising funds and awareness to prevent human trafficking

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HOPE has worked in Nepal for over 20 years now, with children at risk being the heart of what motivates us to serve. We have worked in a variety of contexts and more recently, since the earthquake of 2015, we have engaged in helping communities rebuild from the damage.

Since the earthquake, there has been a dramatic increase in the trafficking of young girls. We could not turn a blind eye to this and sought an agent who would work with us to help tackle the issue. HOPE has established a joint effort with Love Justice International to support the prevention of trafficking at one high risk border crossing in Nepalgunj.  

Nepalgunj is a city in the southwest part of Nepal, lying right next to the Indian border. With a population base of approximately 75,000 inhabitants, Nepalgunj has fully operational bus and mini­bus services that reach almost all parts of the western region, as well as most parts of the eastern region, including all the major hubs in the country. The main hub for buses is the new Nepalgunj bus park, while small transits are located in several other places in the city. The country's longest highway,­ Mahendra, runs through the town of Kohalpur located 10 kilometers from the city center. It is this highway that allows traffickers to transport young girls from Nepal into India with little or no resistance from the Nepali government or police. In other words, Nepalgunj is a natural hub for human trafficking.

Love Justice staff are trained on how to identify potential trafficking victims in a variety of different ways. If their efforts convince the police that the girl is being trafficked, the trafficker will be arrested and the girl will be kept at our safe house until she is able to return to her family. In addition to having physical needs met at the safe house, girls are educated on the issue of trafficking and how to prevent it from happening again.

Since 2010 there have been several hundred girls who have been intercepted through the efforts of this border monitoring station. On average, the station will intercept between 6 and 8 girls a month. Last year the Nepalgunj station recorded 71 interceptions. The station has also been active in bringing justice to bear down on those who are trafficking these young girls. With the help of the Nepalgunj station staff, we have seen 10 trafficking cases filed with the courts, out of the 26 total cases in all of Nepal.

 

Project Updates

  • We’re very excited to introduce a new agent with Hope for the Nations: Love Justice International. Working in Nepal, Love Justice combats the growing issue of child trafficking throughout the region. “An estimated 30,000 people are trafficked into India from Nepal and Bangladesh every year - with the average age being 15.”

    Girls in particular are often drawn away with the promise of money and/or marriage but are then abused, sold, tortured, imprisoned, along with numerous other atrocities. Love Justice is combatting this issue on three fronts (an excerpt from lovejustice.ngo):

     

    Data Collection and Analysis - Every week we encounter dozens of trafficking cases.  By interviewing intercepted victims in these cases, we are able to gather a huge amount of up-to-date information about trafficking to be used in prosecutions and investigations.

     

    Prosecutions - We believe that the prosecution of traffickers is one of the most important ways to fight trafficking. We assist trafficking victims in prosecuting their traffickers.
     

    Intelligence-Led Investigations - We develop actionable and timely intelligence from which a specific trafficking target can been identified.

     

    The other side of Love Justice International is ‘Children’s Ministry’; through which they are currently operating several homes in South Asia where children are cared for, educated, and given a place to call home.

    HOPE is excited to be working with Love Justice on new projects to help further continue their work in Asia to the benefit of children at risk. 

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