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Sex Trafficking in Nepal (03:53)


Sushma was abandoned by her husband and sold by a trafficker to a brothel in Kolkata, where she escaped. Nepal is still among the poorest countries, with corrupt government and internal conflict. In an organized, covert operation, traffickers sell thousands of women to Indian brothels each year.

Identifying Traffickers (04:35)

Law enforcement is under staffed, so non-governmental organizations like Maiti Nepal help to identify traffickers; Bishnu Kumari Khatri questions people crossing the border. Traffickers take advantage of young women who seek a better life and force them into prostitution. Sushma helped police and Maiti locate her trafficker.

Maiti Nepal (03:05)

Maiti provides housing and support to women who were victims of trafficking. Sushma's traffickers are brought to Maiti for questioning; Sushma must make an accusation before they can be charged. Her trafficker admits to selling her to the Indian brothel.

Vulnerability of Nepali Women (02:53)

In the red light district of Kolkata, Nepali women are in high demand. In her sixties, Kamal has been a prostitute since she was trafficked as a girl. Many men are involved in the trafficking of one girl, but often only one man is identified.

Legal Action Against Traffickers (05:01)

Political activists like Renu have motivated legal action against traffickers. Trafficking is based on discrimination against women. Sushma travels back to her children at her mother's home and explains what happened.

Ending Trafficking (01:39)

Koirala argues the Nepali government needs to do more to decrease trafficking. Enforcing legislation is a major challenge. Punya Prasad Neupane asserts that changing a country's values takes time, but he has hope.

Credits: Nepal: a Narrow Escape (00:57)

Credits: Nepal: a Narrow Escape

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Deserted by her husband and with four children to support, 24-year-old Sushma, from a remote village in Nepal, was sold into sexual slavery. Her trafficker took her to Kolkata, but she managed to escape. In this film we document how difficult it is for Nepal to stanch the flow of young women being trafficked each year across an open 1,500-mile-long border with India. Meet some of the women on the frontline who are trying to put a stop to the trade. We follow Sushma as she sets out to find the man who lured her to a brothel in Kolkata. A top civil servant, Punya Prasad Neupane tells us why it is so difficult to stem the tide of girls crossing the border each year: "They have some kind of dream in their mind for a better life, and these traffickers can easily trap girls who are aspiring for a better-quality life—these girls are easily caught, easily tempted by their false promises."

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL150220

ISBN: 978-1-64481-018-7

Copyright date: ©2008

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