Seema had left the poverty of her home village to work in Kathmandu. She was barely twelve when a smooth- talking flesh trader lured her to Bombay with talk of a better job. She hoped to become a film star. Instead she was sold into a brothel.

At first she resisted, screaming, crying and fighting off prospective customers, but the madam who ran the brothel would have none of it. She sent in a muscled toughie to hold the girl down while an old man raped her. The pain was so intense that Seema lost consciousness and had to be hospitalised for a week. After that it was back to the brothel where the other child prostitutes told her she could not win this battle.

But Seema's spirit was not broken. Nine months later she escaped for the brothel and boarded a train, hoping to eventually get back home. A soft-spoken lady promised help. She lured the young girl to Calcutta and sold her. Seema had only escaped from one brothel into another.

Now Seema appears resigned to her fate. She hits the streets of central Calcutta as soon as it gets dark and stands near a lamp-post soliciting customers. Her parents in Nepal have no idea where their daughter is. She does not have the courage to tell them, and anyway, they probably think she is dead. It is better that way...
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Additional articles on sex trafficking in Nepal.

Over 60 million women have fallen victim to sex discrimination (Associated Press)

Rape For Profit: Trafficking of Nepali Girls and Women to India's Brothels A detailed report published by Human Rights Watch/Asia.

Victims of the Dark (From The Hindu Online, September 29, 1996)

yOni features a protest letter to the Nepalese authorities.

Additional sites and organizations that include action against sex trafficking.

Captive Daughters is dedicated to ending sex trafficking of children throughout the world.

Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women is an international alliance for better coordination of national and global actions against the trafficking in women. Portal for the promotion and protection of the rights of migrants. The page on Human Trafficking contains an extensive list of documents and resources.

Polaris Project Testimonies from victims of human trafficking.

The Global Fund for Women supports women's human rights organizations around the world.

More links.

World Philanthropists A directory of philanthropic sites, including others directed against sexual abuse and sex trafficking

Secrets of the Bible by Terry Varnas. Action against trafficking is of course an issue that concerns Christians. For an original take on the Bible, please check out this site.

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