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
Closing the Gaps at the Nepal Border
New border stations added in Nepal to stop more traffickers from luring victims out of the country. …Read Story
The Four Percent
While rescue after traffickers have crossed the border with their victims is difficult and extremely rare, these cases–four percent of our rescues…Read Story
What happens after a border rescue in Nepal?
Passionate women with strong communication skills are the heartbeat of our work in Nepal. Their intentional voices drive our work forward from…Read Story
New border station opens just in time to rescue teen girl
The 15-year-old was about to taste misery before we spotted her. …Read Story
Traffickers “brainwash” children in multidimensional poverty
Poverty is sometimes merely one of many deprivations crushing children. …Read Story
The domino effect: how border agents empower survivors to fight human trafficking
Agents put on their teacher hats after rescuing a girl, educating them on all-things trafficking. …Read Story
A dark journey: how child marriages can lead to human trafficking
After her 15th birthday, Mina entered a child marriage – the start of a long, tough road. …Read Story
Three similarities between child marriage and sex trafficking
Destiny Rescue sees a kaleidoscope of social injustices worldwide, including child marriage and sex trafficking. These two crimes might seem different on…Read Story
Destiny Rescue’s record-breaking year
The milestone is thanks to rapid expansion across our project nations….Read Story
Six-year-old girl rescued at the Nepal border
Her aunt and uncle were supposed to care for her, but their ugly side soon showed. …Read Story
Survivor presses against the grain to imprison trafficker
Most survivors refuse to press charges against their trafficker, but why? …Read Story
Survivor nearly trafficked moments after meeting a young man on bus
Traffickers can spend up to two years grooming girls in Nepal, but others don’t waste any time. …Read Story
The power of social media: how sex traffickers leverage social media for recruitment and grooming
In villages in Nepal, many girls today have electricity and smartphones, allowing them to enter the land of the internet. …Read Story
The women of the frontlines
Our border agents in Nepal are all women, fighting to rescue girls a stride away from misery. …Read Story
Tara’s Story: 17-year-old is the first rescue at newly-opened border station
Tara is seventeen years old and lives with her parents and siblings in rural central Nepal. She attended school through the eighth…Read Story
From civil war to the pandemic: explore Nepal’s struggle to fight sex trafficking
Context is the key that unlocks the answers to successfully fighting sex trafficking. Take a deep dive into Nepal’s history and culture…Read Story
Traffickers try new tactics to exploit two girls
Agents are up against new challenges as traffickers pull out all the stops hoping to sneak girls across the border and into…Read Story
Four new border stations open, 39 more lives rescued so far
Announcing new border stations and plans for even more expansion soon!…Read Story
Rescue surge: 33 people rescued across four countries in four days
Amidst the difficulties of this year, Destiny Rescue was able to rescue 33 people across four countries in four days. This latest…Read Story
Mother and daughter rescued at the border
With the promise of love and marriage dancing in her mind, Nepal woman Kaya was embarking on a journey to a new…Read Story
Twenty-one-year-old Soneeya* set out with her father to visit a neighboring city. She had no idea she was about to encounter the…Read Story
Flourishing in Freedom
Reena, Eisha and Nadiya were rescued at the Nepal border earlier this year. Since then, we have been following up with them…Read Story
Moments From Vanishing
Four girls were rescued together at a border crossing. None of them had any idea that the bus they were on was…Read Story
Rescue Update: Sreva’s Story
As our agents were conducting their routine interviews at a key border crossing location they came across 18-year-old Sreva* traveling with a…Read Story
Girl Interrupted – Border Rescues Pt. 2
Our Border Rescue agents are strategically positioned to intervene along the path of exploitation. Partnering with Border Patrol Police at key crossing…Read Story
Nona*, a Destiny Rescue border agent, watched another bus creak to a stop on the side of the dusty road. She climbed…Read Story