in Nepal


Here’s a short note from our youth campaigners, Sarita and Sabina

We have an exciting update to share with you.

On Monday, we handed your petition signature to our Mayor asking him to commit to ending the trafficking of girls in Nepal, and we are excited to announce that he has agreed to take action!

Thanks to you and 46,013 other people around the world, a new public awareness campaign will be launched, letting all girls in our local area know about the risks of trafficking.

This is exactly what we wanted and is an amazing result for our campaign.

We live on the open border with India where girls just like us are at risk. People come and pretend to be our boyfriends or offer us jobs but then they exploit us.

It’s so important that girls know the dangers of trafficking, what to look out for and what to do to take care. With your support we’re now one step closer to all girls being safe. Thank you.

But our campaign isn’t over.

This is just the start – together with Plan we will now work closely with our Mayor to make this happen, then to take it to our neighbours, and all the way up to the national government.

For now, we just wanted to say a huge thank you. Your messages of solidarity meant so much to us – it’s an incredible feeling to know so many people around the world are behind us and really care. 



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?

Facts about trafficking in Nepal

The petition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the campaign

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.


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.


“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.

Sabina and Sarita

Sabina, left, 17, and Sarita, right, 15, are
campaigning to end trafficking in Nepal.

"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.


"Girls should get enough knowledge before going overseas or they could end up in my situation" says Sharmila. She returned to Nepal after being trafficked to Dubai when she was 16."

"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


"I was devastated. I would like to tell
other girls, do not trust a person
you don’t know." Laxmi was rescued
and returned to Nepal after she
was trafficked to India when
she was 15."