Maiti Nepal

Girl trafficking

Girl trafficking is one of the most shocking problems in Nepal. Aid agencies estimate the number of girls who are lured to India with wrong promises from 5.000 to 10.000 girls. After being carried off, they get forced to prostitution. Most girls are in the age of 12 to 16 years, whereat the demand for minors constantly rises. In Indian brothels the girls are tortured, raped and brought to heel by giving them drugs. Many get infected with HIV/Aids, hepatitis or genital diseases and die young. The girls are not released until they are infected or too exhausted to attract men. .

The reason why the trafficking of girls and women is such a big problem in Nepal might be lying in the Nepalese culture. This regards sons as a blessing for the future while girls are determined to get married and to leave the family. Therefore the family doesn’t see any sense in investing into education for their daughters. This is the reason why girls grow up more or less unknowing and isolated from the outside world. Panders and slave traders make use of the girls‘ lack of knowledge and want for freedom. They promise them a workplace and a better future outside of Nepal and sell them at the Indian border to panders. Around 1.200-1.500 euros are paid to the family, depending on the appearance and age of the young Nepalese.

Maiti Nepal

Maiti Nepal was founded by Anourdha Koirala in 1993 to protect Nepalese girls and women from crimes as human trafficking and forced prostitution. Today, being a big social centre in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, it is an important element in the fight for girls and women. The organisation doesn‘t only want to prevent girls trafficking by campaigning and educating. It also aims at rescuing girls who already became victims of slave traders and giving them a second chance in life. Therefore Maiti Nepal works closely with organisations such as the „Rescue Foundation“ in India.

The concept of Maiti Nepal

The work of Maiti Nepal is based on three pillars. Firstly, the organisation arranges awareness campaigns all across the country. Those tell about diversion, prostitution, about wrong promises from the slave traders and about organized crime. Together with lawyers, social workers, journalists, local politicians and the police, Maiti Nepal primarily runs awareness trainings in schools on Nepal’s country side and at the border to India. By now the organisation also works with flyers and posters which point out the dangers for female working migrants.

Another important instrument against girl trafficking are border controls. At the border to India, young women from Maiti Nepal inspect vehicles, trying to identify potential victims and protect them from being carried off to India.

In addition to that, eleven „Transit homes“ were built at important border points. In those stations, returning victims can receive a proper treatment. The rescued girls get a new home at Maiti Nepal or, if they wish so, are brought back to their families. In the school of Maiti, they can learn how to read and write or make a job training to build themselves a livelihood.

Dance, theatre and music

For their awareness campaigns as well as for their work with the rescued girls, Maiti Nepal uses artistic forms of expression such as dance, theatre and music. Playing scenically street theatre the former victims try to explain the problem of girl trafficking to those population groups who can neither read nor write. Therefore they often organize events in out-lying parts of Nepal.

Another, not less important, role play artistic forms of expression in their work with the affected girls. Music and dance allow the girls to open up, strengthen their self-confidence and support them in the development of their personality. The staff of Maiti Nepal together with the girls, create music, lyrics and touching choreographies of traditional dance.

The founder of Maiti Nepal, Anuradha Koirala, was awarded with the „Mother Teresa Award“ last year. Four years ago (in 2010), she also received the „CNN Hero of the year“-Award. For this purpose the programme turned a film about Maiti Nepal and the successful women.
Here is the short version:



Maiti Nepal already took part of KinderKulturKarawane in 2003 and 2005. In 2015 the group will present their theatre play “Naari”, the Nepalese word for woman. This is usually played to raise awareness in the streets and towns in Nepal’s out-lying areas.

“Naari” portrays the reality of the condition of women and children in Nepal. They are raped, exploited and deprived of their social, economic and political rights. “Naari” also shows the shocking omnipresence of violence whether it be on the streets or in the own family. The twenty minute drama is a synopsis of Nepal’s scenario for many years and would also forecast the future if not each one is conscious enough to raise his voice against human trafficking. Touching music and traditional Nepalese dances complete the program to being an authentic insight into the Nepalese culture and its problems.


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