Human Trafficking

The United Nations cites human trafficking as the third largest international criminal industry, with traffickers making an estimate US$32 billion annually.

An estimated 200,000 girls from Nepal are working in brothels in India.

According to the U.S. State Department, some 10,000 to 15,000 women and girls from Nepal are trafficked to India and then sexually exploited each year. Roughly half are children from as young as 7 years old.

Human trafficking is a highly-organized and lucrative business, generating 150 billion USD per year. 21 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide. Roughly 4.5 million of those victims are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

Most Nepali girls sold into brothels in India are instantly enslaved in debt bondage. They work many years for no money, paying off the imaginary debt placed on them by the brothel owners.

A Bleak Future

The small percentage of girls who are rescued or escape face a bleak future. Dissociated and often shunned by family and village communities, they find it difficult to reintegrate into society or find work. Many return sick or dying. Some are cast out when they are too ill to work, and find their own way home.