Nepal is known for its scenic beauty, including majestic Mount Everest, and is visited by hundreds of trekkers and travelers a year. But beyond the snowcapped mountains and picturesque landscapes lies a darker side. Nepal is amongst the poorest and least developed countries in the world. In developing countries, life is hard enough for men—and it’s even harder for women.
With that in mind, can you imagine how di cult life is for a young girl?
Each year in Nepal, an estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked across the border and sold into Indian brothels and forced to become prostitutes. These girls range between ages 7 and 24, with an average age of 15.* A UN study done in 2000 revealed, perhaps unsurprisingly, that illiteracy, poverty and family problems are the major reasons for trafficking.