NEPAL - Nepalgunj: Border Monitoring Station

Raise funds and awareness for prevention of human trafficking.

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Hope for the nations has worked in Nepal for over 20 years now, with Children at Risk being the heart of what motivates us to serve, support and care for the children of Nepal.

We have worked tirelessly with our agents on the ground for years in a variety of contexts and more recently since the earthquake of 2015 we have engaged in helping re build from the damage.

One of the ugly side effects that have come out of the earthquake is a dramatic increase in human trafficking of young girls. We could not turn a blind eye to this and sought an agent that we could work together with help tackle this issue.

We are excited to be working together with Tiny Hands International in a joint effort to support the prevention of trafficking at one high risk border crossing in a city called Nepalgunj.  

Nepalgunj is a medium sized city in Nepal with a population base of approximately 75,000 inhabitants. It’s located in the southwest part of Nepal and lies right next to the Indian border. Nepalgunj has a fully operational bus and mini­bus services that reach almost all parts of the western region that connected by roadways, as well as most parts of the eastern region, including all the major hubs in the country. The main hub for buses is Nepalgunj new bus park, while small transits are located in several other places in the city like Pushpalal Chok, Nepalgunj Airport, and Belaspur. The country's longest highway­ Mahendra Highway runs through the town of Kohalpur located 10 kilometers from the city center. It’s this highway that allows traffickers to transport young girls from Nepal into India without little or no resistance from the Nepali government or police. In other words, Nepalgunj is a natural hub for human trafficking.

The staff are trained on how to identify potential trafficking victims in a variety of different ways.  If a girl(s) meets one or more of the identified triggers our staff will stop the girl and the trafficker, separate them, and question them independently. If their answers don’t match up our staff will then contact the police, who will continue the questioning. If the police are convinced that the girl is being trafficked they will arrest the trafficker and turn the girl over to our staff where she will be kept at our safe house until we are able to return her back to her family.

Since 2010 there have been several hundred girls who have been intercepted through the efforts of this border monitoring station. On average this station will intercept between 6 and 8 girls a month. Last year the Nepalgunj station recorded 71 interceptions.

 

Project Updates

  • We’re very excited to introduce a new agent with Hope for the Nations: Tiny Hands International. Working in Nepal, Tiny Hands 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. Tiny Hands is combatting this issue on three fronts (an excerpt from tinyhands.org):

     

    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 Tiny Hands 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 Tiny Hands on new projects to help further continue their work in South Asia to the benefit of children at risk. 

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