Nepal is best known for gigantic, snowy mountains and warm, welcoming people where 80% live in villages in rural areas.
Nepal, sandwiched between two nations, has thousands of travellers sweeping in and out daily through its border stations circling the country.
TIP: Tier 2
Destiny Rescue’s border agents monitor 24 border stations around Nepal. They stop, interview and rescue children and young women trying to cross the border. We prevent them from crossing as we learn they’re being lured across by a trafficker offering them a false promise abroad.
In 2022, our anti-trafficking work in Nepal accomplished:
INTERVIEWS AT THE BORDER
OF FAMILIES IN RURAL
AREAS LIVE IN POVERTY
Unsuspecting women and children, and sometimes men, are trafficked out of Nepal every day. The combined efforts of our border stations rescue about two people a day.
Traffickers typically target people who are poor and lack education. Once found, they offer them a perfect antidote: marriage or a well-paying job abroad. If the target slips through our hands at the border, her future is bleak. The victims will likely be sold for sex or trapped in forced labour.
Increasingly, traffickers are using social media to target and groom their Nepali victims. In 2021, 46% of human trafficking survivors we rescued at the border had met their trafficker on social media.
Recent rescues in Nepal
Our work in Nepal
Our rescue agents monitor key border-crossing checkpoints. They investigate and intervene in instances of human trafficking across the border.
Rescue agents are involved in operations with local law enforcement to rescue individuals out of both labor and sex trafficking and arrest their traffickers.
We provide temporary living space, meals and care to rescued girls waiting for their families to bring them back home.
After rescuing a survivor, our teams help families reunite and return home together.
Caseworkers contact girls and their families via phone to make sure they are safe and free in the months after rescue.
We operate rescue and reintegration programs in multiple countries across the world. Learn more about our mission to help end child sexual exploitation and trafficking in our lifetime.Learn More
Stories from Nepal
Three similarities between child marriage and sex trafficking
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The power of social media: how sex traffickers leverage social media for recruitment and grooming
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Tara’s Story: 17-year-old is the first rescue at newly-opened border station
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From civil war to the pandemic: explore Nepal’s struggle to fight sex trafficking
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Rescue surge: 33 people rescued across four countries in four days
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Girl Interrupted – Border Rescues Pt. 2
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