Lalita Kumari Rai
English 102- OW2
Essay- 2 Expository
Feb 15, 2011
"Near our village was a woman with whom I went to a local market where another
woman joined us. They asked me if I was hungry and I said no. They insisted me to eat the
biscuit. As soon as I ate that biscuit I felt dizzy. They took me to the bus and we drove the whole
night. The next day I was in a Mumbai brothel". This incident happened to a girl named Meena
from Nepal. Anita, another young girl from the village said, "We were in mourning for my
father. I was at home when my friend Tara asked me to go with her to a movie. We were both
twelve and we went to school together. There were two men with her. They invited us to go to
Kathmandu ; the capital city of Nepal with them. I trusted my friend and I saw no harm going
with her, but I ended up going to Indian brothel" .These real stories are documented in the
documentary called "The Day My God Died" directed by Andrew Levine. This documentary is
based on true stories and there are interviews of the survivors. Sex trafficking happens every
minute in any part of the world. This problem is not limited only to Nepal, it is also in other
countries like, Europe, Africa and America.
Explaining about South Asia, Nepal has a horrible problem of Sex trafficking after
Thailand and Hong Kong. It is an acute problem that the nation has been facing for a long time.
Since 1990, various precautions have been taken by a nation but still unsuccessful to control. In
fact, in recent years, it is getting even worst. Millions of women and girls are being lured and
have been trafficked across national borders and within countries. Seven thousand to nine
thousand girls are trafficked from Nepal to Indian brothels every year.
Nepal shares open borders with India in west, east, and south. People from India
travel to Nepal every day in search of opportunities and jobs. Nepalese people as well travel to
India for a better life and opportunities. But most of the time, this open boarders cause
troubles and makes it easier to run illegal activities between two countries. Drug dealing and
sex trafficking are among them. Carrying out these illegal activities is getting successful because
of the cultural and lingual similarities too. Even the economy, social structure and politics in
Nepal are highly influenced by India.
Almost half of the total population are unemployed and living in poverty. People
don’t have jobs and opportunities within the country. In search of job, people travel to overseas
country as a labor. They have to spend a good amount of money in order to go overseas to
work. But not all the Nepalese people could afford it. They find the easiest way to survive which
may be as cruel like sex trafficking. To sell their own sisters, wives, friends and relatives have
become normal to them. Many of these girls are barely nine or ten years old. And they are
being sold in brothels just for only two hundred to five hundred US dollars by their poor
parents, husband, brothers, sisters and lovers. These girls are being promised for better jobs in
big cities but they end in the brothels. They are locked up for days, starved, beaten and burned
with cigarettes. Even the police are being paid by the brothel owners to ignore the situation.
Poor girls cannot come out of the situation, as they are in completely new town
without any ideas. Some commit suicide and some try to escape but they get punished.
Eventually they lose their hope and trust and they had to be involved in the business. Once they
are involved in prostitution they forget about coming back home because of the discrimination
that they have to face in the narrow minded society like in Nepal where man are given more
priority by the society and women are less.
Letter in future, same girls who were being sold in the brothels will turned to be
brothel owner and they will repeat the same business in same manner. So this sex trafficking
problem is an ongoing problem which is impossible to stop completely. However, there have
been many nonprofit organizations working to control this massive. Maiti Nepal is one of them.
Maiti in Nepalese means mother's house. It is the nonprofit organization which was establish in
1993 by Anuradha Koirala and her group. This organization has rescued more than 12,000
victims and has given a new life to those discouraged girls regardless of what happened in their
life. Even the medical attentions have been provided if needed in any case. After a long
journey of rescuing and rehabilitating, Anuradha became CNN hero of the year 2010.
Meena and Anita are among the survivors who were successfully in escaping from
that darkness. Now they are in hands of Maiti Nepal helping the organization to spread
awareness about the trafficking. Anita does not want to go to her village to live with her family
because she was not been treated good by the villagers when she went there after she was
Sex trafficking is one of the worst among the illegal activities that the human being
can do. We should know sex trafficking is a like murder. It is about stealing someone’s life,
killing ones wishes, dreams and expectations of life. Education, awareness, employments are
important in order to stop this threatening problem form the society.
-“Rape for Profit”, trafficking of Nepali girls and women to Indian’s brothels; a detailed reports
published by Human Rights Watch/Asia.
-“The Day My God Died”, film expose human right violations and the tragedy of the child sex
-“Maiti Nepal”, an organization working on controlling sex trafficking.