The prevalence of girl trafficking in Nepal is overwhelming. It is estimated that between 12,000 to 15,000 girls between ages 6 to 16 are trafficked each year from Nepal to India. More than 250,000 Nepali girls are forced into the Indian sex trade where prostitution is legal. Up to 7,000 girls from rural areas are brought as domestic slaves to Kathmandu, where sexual abuse is common. It is estimated that more than 100,000 children have been forced to leave their villages and 10,000 new orphans as a result of the 12 years long civil war in Nepal. Traffickers bring girls across the border into India. Vulnerable women and children are in a danger of commercial sex trafficking, labor trafficking in Middle East and circus trafficking where children are trafficked to India and forced to work for little or no wages.
WPPC Nepal Foundation supports various awareness programs in the rural villages with the partnership of the local community to raise awareness and prevent girl trafficking. The awareness program runs for three to five day. Team members stays in the village and local volunteers are recruited as well. During those days, the team and Case Managers make efforts to visit every home and talk about the danger of sending their children to India and abroad. Very often parents will report to us their stories of their own lost children. They have no means to find out where they are. At night we show a documentary film about human trafficking. Following the movie, we have group discussions about the prevention and fighting against the trafficking in their communities.