A not so happy festive season for the victims of Human Trafficking on the India-Nepal Border
“Diwali at the Savoy” on Saturday 10 November 2018 highlighted the true extent of the number of women and girls trafficked into India from Nepal which has gone up by 500% since 2013.
Human trafficking is one of the biggest human security issues facing Nepal. Many women and girls are sold to brothel owners in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and other cities for approx. £500.
Men and some female sex workers lure girls as young as nine living in border towns in Nepal to work in the glitz and glamour of the large Cities. The reality is that these juveniles are being torn away from their legal guardians such as their parents to serve artificial profit hungry guardians through meeting the needs of men approximately 40-50 times a day. In a recent Indian Government survey, it was found that 60% of women and children worked as commercial sex workers out of poverty and economic compulsion. The abuse and pain these women and children are subjected to go beyond rape but spread to organ and flesh removal.
The work of One Family Supported by the Hemraj Goyal Foundation organised Diwali at the Savoy to raise awareness of the plight of thousands of vulnerable children who are typically trafficked throughout the year. These organisations are working to use Prevention, Rescue and Rehabilitation in a bid to stop human trafficking.
Alongside raising funds and awareness, there is a geopolitical issue to this tragic state of affairs. Whilst those over the age of 10 need a form of identification to travel between India and Nepal, it is understood that children under 10 can move between the two countries without identification. With predators taking advantage of thousands of children through this open border (travelling using public transport), surely there is a case to be made for more stringent checks for all people irrespective of age at the border?
Well done to the One Family Team, Avnish Goyal, Anita Goyal, Ravi Bhanot Sushma Bhanot and all the people who made the Diwali at the Savoy a success. It was particularly warming to have our family and many family friends in attendance along with notable supporters such as Tony Matharu, Nitin Ganatra, Naughty Boy, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Talvin Singh and Manish Bhasin.