Nepal and India's brutal trade in girls must stop
The destructive Nepal earthquakes which happened in April and May of this year re-exposed the festering problem of child sex-trafficking between Nepal and India.
After the earthquakes, child-predators in Nepal took advantage of the suffering and misery of many girls and their families, as they convinced these poor, and often homeless, earthquake victims to travel to India where they promised jobs and a better life.
The sordid and appalling truth, however, is that what awaited these girls, and those who have subsequently followed in their footsteps, was, and is, a type of living hell.
Being sold into an Indian brothel at age 13 (the average age of these girls). Being drugged. Being beaten. Being sexually violated up to 50 times per day.
Being treated like human garbage.
This type of foul inhumanity is too much for many of these girls to bear.
And, they die young. Of HIV/AIDS. From beatings. From suicide. Really, these girls are murdered slowly, over time, by their captors.
How can we not be utterly appalled by this situation?
Now, in Nepal, a new Prime Minister - Mr KP Oli - has just been elected.
This petition calls on him and his Indian counterpart, Mr Modi, as well as on the US Ambassador-at-Large for Women's Issues and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security, to redouble their efforts, to put a definitive end to this brutal assault on children.
The penalties for such crimes against children and human dignity must be severe and must be enforced. Traffickers, brothel owners, government officials, police, and, yes, parents who would sell their own children, must all face long prison sentences when convicted of such crimes or colluding in such crimes.
Unfortunately, this kind of thing has been happening even in the absence of natural disaster - for many years. Indeed, many reputable anti-exploitation NGOs, who work in Nepal, estimate that at least 10,000 Nepalese girls, annually, are trafficked and sold into Indian brothels.
These girls are essentially kidnapped...And, because anti-exploitation NGO workers cannot cover all of the unofficial passages from Nepal to India, they even say this number is low.
These girls - no matter their caste! - do not deserve this. Rather, they have an absolute right to their childhood, free from such disgusting abuse by lustful and greedy adults.
And, now, we must do what we can to put an end to this abomination and gross affront to human dignity and freedom.
As you can see from the information below, these crimes have been tolerated for far too long. Enough is enough.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The picture used on this page is from a 2007 movie, Sold, and is a portrayal of this problem which has only been made worse by the lawlessness created by the recent earthquakes. See more here: http://www.thenational.ae/arts-lifestyle/film/how-oscarwinner-emma-thompson-got-involved-with-sold-a-film-on-human-trafficking
A superb article cover the good work of serveral anti-exploitation NGOs who work in Nepal/India, to rescue girls from child sex-trafficking: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/the-tremor-of-trafficking/1/455225.html
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Sex trafficking of girls from Nepal to India must stop