STAND WITH COURAGEOUS GIRLS TO STOP TRAFFICKING IN NEPAL
Every day, girls are being trafficked within Nepal, across the border into India and overseas.
They’re being forcibly taken, coerced, targeted by men posing as their boyfriends and lured with the promise of work and a new life.
Once they’re taken away from their homes, these girls are being sexually exploited in brothels.
They’re being forced into child marriage, domestic servitude and to work in clothes factories.
They’re being abused for others’ gain – and it has to stop.
Trafficking is a horrendous abuse of girls’ rights. But now we have a unique opportunity to support youth advocates like Sarita and Sabina, as they campaign to get their Mayor to take action.
That’s why we’re asking: will you stand with courageous girls to stop trafficking in Nepal?
ADD YOUR NAME AND JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO STOP TRAFFICKING IN NEPAL
This petition is part of Plan International Australia’s ongoing Half a Billion Reasons campaign. Together we call on the Australian Government to prioritise gender equality for girls in Australia’s aid and foreign policy.
NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT
Nepal is in the middle of huge political change. Power is shifting from the national to the local level, but while the Government is transitioning, the traffickers aren’t stopping – so politicians can't either.
With such drastic political change, there’s a big opportunity. For the first time, there are newly-elected local Mayors with the power to develop local laws and action plans, and take responsibility for ending this abuse of girls’ rights.
They have the ability to make a difference to girls’ lives. Now we need them to commit to stop trafficking.
MEET THE CAMPAIGNERS
“Trafficking is a denial of rights. I’d like everyone to come together to stop trafficking.” – Sarita, youth advocate
Youth advocates Sarita and Sabina are standing with young people in Nepal to demand an end to trafficking. They’re calling on their Mayor to run a public awareness campaign to ensure every girl, their families and their communities know the risks, creating a blueprint for change across the country.
Together, we can show the Mayor that these brave young campaigners are not alone – and that thousands of people around the world are standing with them.
‘They told me i would get the opportunity to work’
When her sister’s friend offered her the chance to work abroad, Sharmila* thought she would be able to make some money to help her family. Instead, she was sold to a family in Dubai and forced to work as a maid.
Refused her wages, she was sexually exploited by members of her employer’s family. Today, she’s determined to raise awareness and stop more girls being trafficked.
‘I never expected this could happen to me’
Laxmi’s* story started with a phone call from a man she didn’t know. He gained her trust and promised her the chance to travel in India – then sold her to work in a brothel.
Today, with her sister’s help and the support of safe houses in India and Nepal, she’s rebuilding her life and sharing her story, so other girls know the risks of being trafficked.
*Names have been changed to protect identities
STAND WITH BRAVE GIRLS AGAINST TRAFFICKING
ACT NOW TO END THE ABUSE OF GIRLS’ RIGHTS IN NEPAL