Child prostitution in Nepal and India
  • 5-12.000 girls are annually forced into prostitution
  • 200.000 nepalese girls live in indian brothels
  • 75-80% girls freed from prostitution are HIV positiv
  • According an ILO-Study 30% of prostitutes in Kathmandu are children

Source: Subedi, Govind. Trafficking and Sexual Abuse among Street Children in Kathmandu. ILO. Kathamndu, Nepal 2002.

Child Prostitution:
Numerous girls and women are kidnapped every year for enforced prostitution. Often, they are promised by organized criminal gangs lucrative employment possibilities as chambermaids or domestic help. Human trafficking has become a business. A slave trader receives 450 to 750 Euros for a Nepalese girl aging between 8-12 years. In an unimaginable manner, internal resistances are broken and personalities disordered. According to a study issued in November 2005, 10,000-15,000 girls from Nepal alone are kidnapped for enforced prostitution. After six months, 75-80% of all girls are HIV infected. The Rescue Foundation, which is supported by the Nepal Relief Association in Aachen liberated many girls from slavery and prostitution and brought them back from Mumbai to Nepal. The girls are accompanied during the long journey and are reliably entrusted to Maiti Nepal¿s care in Kathmandu.
Since 2006, the Nepal Relief Association Aachen has guided the support of the project to another direction. It is no longer the financing of the repatriation processes that is the focus of our cooperation but the establishment of a rehabilitation centre in Lalonde Boizar, located about a 4-hour¿s drive from Mumbai. This project was initiated and run by Heinz Reiter.
The reason behind the change of strategy was the fact that the reception camp in Mumbai had become too small and a relief program was urgently needed. Also, we realized that many liberated girls needed medical treatment before they were in a position to go on the burdensome journey. The idea was therefore to establish a rehabilitation centre with an infirmary, a kitchen garden and mechanical facilities. It shall be a place where the girls can be medically, psychologically and socially taken care of and where they receive the opportunity to start a life on their own. The property has 26,000 m² and borders on the river Syria. A 150 m long access road had to be built. The property had to be secured by a fence and power lines had to be established. Two 70 m deep wells were drilled and three water towers with a capacity of 15,000 l water were constructed. Also, a water irrigation system for 420 fruit trees was made and a large water catchment tray was put up. Bungalows and offices for employees were established and a 300 m² large community hall for joint actions was built. In 2006, a kitchen featuring a large solar driven hearth was completed. A hospital was to be financed by the Nepal Relief Association Aachen. Then, however, the project was coming to a standstill on grounds of missing building licenses and the hospital could not be constructed until today. Nevertheless, the opening ceremony of the centre and the moving in took place in March 2007.
In order to take appropriate care of the inhabitants with diverse and complex clinical presentations and traumas, it is also necessary to offer professional, psychological attendance ¿ in addition to the protected living area. To guarantee this, a committed partner and sponsor was found in the Peter Ustinov Stiftung. A qualified and professionally experienced couple was found to establish the necessary structures in the centre and to train local people for two years. Unfortunately, this intention failed on grounds of formal and non-comprehensible difficulties in the visa granting.

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