At seventeen, a young Nepalese girl thought she should earn a living just like her brothers. She wanted to have a job. She asked her mother for permission to go to Kathmandu, and her mother agreed; but because of the girl’s lack of education, she could only find a job at a carpet factory. At work, she grew close to Hari, a fellow worker, who eventually told her of a better job with higher wages. She agreed to come with him to a big city in India, where Hari sold her into prostitution.
Some of us might wonder why she would trust Hari to find her a better job in another country? Why didn’t she suspect that the job sounded too good to be true? We question is not whether or not it’s dangerous to seek jobs overseas, but that there are people out there like Hari, who saw an opportunity to use a defenseless girl for money. In Sweden, it is a common thing to go abroad to study or explore the world and gain experience. It is easy for us to take things for granted–a well-paid job, food on the table, a place to live, good friends–but for most people these are not inherent rights. They live in a world that has taken such privilege from them. Why should this girl not have the same opportunities, without running the risk of disappearing in the billion dollar sex industry? It is estimated that 200,000 young Nepali girls are involved in prostitution in Indian brothels.
We do not know her name, but we know her story.
(Story taken from Sex trafficking in South Asia. Mary Crawford. 2010)