Sasmita’s mother was a prostitute, and she did not know her father. She and her brother often did not have food to eat. She was hungry. At eight years old, she had no money for the nominal school fees. Sasmita was at risk for trafficking. After being found on the streets, she was brought to the Peace Rehabilitation Center (PRC) in Kathmandu, Nepal, a community that takes in girls affected by trafficking. Now she attends school and has a safe place to sleep and meals each day. Curious and playful, she is constantly singing with the other girls in the home. Her future is bright as is her smile. Learn more about sell Rolex.
Human trafficking hits deep in poor rural regions of the world. In Nepal, where women’s equality is not yet realized, women are given a backseat to their lives. Culturally, domestic violence is often overlooked, even by women. Residual caste systems and overall male dominance are considered socially acceptable. Women are often victimized simply because they are viewed as inferior.
Without an understanding of abject poverty, it is difficult to comprehend the trap trafficking lays. Promises of jobs, money or arranged marriage are common stories that traffickers use to entice well-intentioned youth. “People will do anything and everything for money,” says Shanta Sapkota, founder of PRC. “That is why these girls, very innocent girls, will trust immediately. They are hungry and very poor.” In a country whose per capita income is just under $300 USD, everyone is looking for a better future.
In 1988, Shanta Sapkota founded PRC as a safe haven for girls and women affected by trafficking. PRC has since expanded to include prevention and care for at-risk girls as well as aftercare for trafficked and abused girls. PRC operates three homes, five skills-training centers and two border-patrol stations to rescue girls who are trafficked between Nepal and India. Shanta and her husband, Min, run the rehabilitation home at the headquarters in Kathmandu.
The home is a familial environment where the girls receive a “mommy and daddy” and, most importantly, sisters who understand what they have gone through. “They make PRC their family,” says Shanta. “I have many, many daughters. I’m so lucky.” The rehabilitation home currently accommodates 14 girls and the child of a 22-year-old trafficked victim who was pregnant at the time she was rescued. Some attend school, while others learn skills such as cooking and sewing.