Free a Girl is dedicated to rescuing girls from forced prostitution. We believe in creating a safe environment for children and young people, protecting them from sexual violence and exploitation. This project seeks to rescue 25 girls who are victims of trafficking and forced prostitution in Pokhara, Nepal. The rescued girls will receive rehabilitation and reintegration support and victims will be educated about their rights in our resource centre.
Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with close to a fourth of its population living below the national poverty line. Many unemployed women and girls, as well as street children, are therefore particularly vulnerable to become victims of sexual exploitation. Furthermore, a deeply rooted cycle of patriarchy and illiteracy in the country has made Nepali women and children one of the most susceptible groups to be trafficked and exploited.
This project seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and provide access to justice for girls, particularly minors, who are victims of trafficking and forced prostitution in Nepal. The project is implemented through our local partner Shakti Samuha, to identify victims and conduct raids in brothels. Once rescued, girls receive income support to start their own business. Girls who work in the entertainment sector can receive support in our walk in centre & a free beauty treatment and vocational training.
Free a Girl works with local partners to rescue girls and provide freedom. In the long term, it is through the continuous rescue raids and prosecution of perpetrators that trafficking networks are dismantled, brothel owners are deterred from exploiting girls, and local law enforcement are increasingly sensitized about this crime. This has the effect of holding perpetrators accountable and contributing to the elimination of forced prostitution of girls in Nepal.
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