Avalanche of Girls Into The Sex Industry - Nepal
Nepal has lost approximately 200,000 girls in recent years to the sex industry, sold around the world. Every year, according to UN and local NGOs, 12,000 to 15,000 girls and women are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
For the last 20 years I have been investigating the human trafficking of young girls and women for sexual exploitation in different countries as well as their own peculiarities. The concern regarding Nepal is the quantity of girls as young as 8-10 years old trafficked every year. Nepal, a tiny country, is one of the most significant source country in the world for child prostitution, and also a transit, and destination country. Nepali women and girls are subjected to sex trafficking in Nepal, particularly in the adult entertainment industry and massage parlors, as well as in India, the Middle East, China and other countries, according to 2013 Trafficking in Persons Report on Nepal by the US Department of State.
Extreme poverty in Nepal, and other causes of deprivation not only push people to fall into the trap of the traffickers but also create for some of them an incentive to become involved in the trafficking business.
The "Avalanche of Girls Into The Sex Industry of Nepal” essay started in September 2014 in Kathmandu and in the cities around the capital. It is about girls and women victims of human trafficking for sexual exploitation but also goes beyond it. It shows the consequences of those prosecuted for involvement in the sex trade. Children in shelters, men in prison due to participation in the human trafficking process, sex industry entertainment, observed from the prospective of a potential client.
Today, after the earthquake, at least 950,000 children in Nepal are in improvised tends, in the streets or just out of school at risk to be trafficked for sexual exploitation at any moment. Traffickers can make around $570 US dollar per girl supplied. Research shows that about 38% of the Nepali population is living under US$1 per day.