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Up to 20,000 children are trafficked from Nepal every year, and this figure is on the rise. In partnership with Sold the Movie, #TaughtNotTrafficked aims to shine a light on the issue and support our child trafficking prevention work in Nepal, which will keep children in school and safe from forced labour, exploitation and abuse. The animation below gives an introduction to the problem.
Keeping children in school by improving the quality of education is the best way to prevent trafficking, because a child in school is proven to be at significantly lower risk of being trafficked than a child who has dropped out.
Our project will make sure that thousands of girls and boys complete school, as well as make teachers, parents and communities more aware of the realities of trafficking and how they can turn schools into places where children are learning, are valued, and are happy.
will pay for an experienced and local field worker to visit households in the area over the course of a day, teaching parents and families about the importance of education, and how to avoid the risks of child trafficking.
will pay for one page of a toolkit or a flyer to be translated from Nepali into the local regional language. Without this, local people cannot understand or access anti-trafficking information.
will pay for a data collection expert to spend a day tackling the total lack of information on how many children are trafficked, and how best to prevent this.
will pay for us to form a child club at a school, and train the children on what their rights are (to education, to not be exploited, and more) and how they themselves can spread this message to other children.
The #TaughtNotTrafficked campaign was launched at the European premiere of Sold at the London Indian Film Festival on Thursday 10th July. Starring Gillian Anderson and with Emma Thompson as executive producer, Sold tells the story of Lakshmi, a thirteen year-old Nepali girl sold to a brothel in India. An extraordinary tale of survival, the film is directed by Oscar winner Jeffrey D Brown and based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Patricia McCormick. It shines a light on the fate that many girls face after being trafficked from Nepal under false promises of employment.
- Up to 20,000 children are being trafficked from Nepal annually.
- Across the geographical area we are targeting there are 688 girls missing, and the whereabouts of 71% of them is completely unknown.
- Approximately 2.6 million children are working for a living in Nepal, with 127,000 of those in the ‘worst forms of labour’ which puts their lives at risk daily.
The predominant labour sector that Nepalese children are forced to work in is prostitution.
16-33% of females in the adult entertainment industry are under 18.
- Only 35% of children under the age of 5 are registered at birth in Nepal.
- Children make up 36% of all trafficking victims in Nepal.