Five Things You Need to Know
There are many forms of human trafficking/modern-day slavery
The three most common forms of modern slavery are sex trafficking, forced labor, and child soldiers.
While each of these exist in Nepal, sex trafficking is the most prevalent due to the societal relationship with its historic caste system.
- Sex Trafficking includes all activities where adults and children are coerced into doing commercial sex acts against their will.
- Forced labor refers to any situation where a person is coerced to work through the use of violence or intimidation, or more subtle means such as manipulated debt or legal status.
- Child Soldiers includes any child under the age of 18 who is recruited, coerced or used by an armed force or group, in any capacity.
The caste System impacts human trafficking
The significant majority of Nepalis follow Hinduism. Hinduism includes the belief in a caste system. The Nepalese caste system is the traditional system of social stratification of Nepal. The Nepalese caste system broadly borrows the classical Hindu Chaturvarnashram model consisting of four broad social classes or varna: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Sudra; with various other castes and subgroups.
The bottom caste, or the Dalit, are considered both ‘untouchable’, and simultaneously are the most trafficked.
The lowest of the Dalit are the Badi people – this is the majority of whom Venture serves in Nepal.
Karma impacts human trafficking
As a religion, Hinduism includes the belief in reincarnation. This includes that belief that after you die, you are reincarnated to a specific level or caste in society, due to how you lived/performed in the previous life – which is known as Karma.
The belief in Karma creates a sense that those being trafficked, somehow deserve it as a result of actions in a previous life.
Karma dictates that one is in a particular caste as a result of the positive or negative actions in a previous life. As such, one can only hope to be reincarnated to a higher caste by how well they fulfill their role as a member of the lower caste.
70% of Badi girls are trafficked
In the villages where Venture and its partners serve, up to 70% of the girls will be trafficked. The ‘rights’ to these girls will be sold as soon as the girls are born.
By ages 2 and 3, girls are already being groomed by men in their families in the huts at night.
On average, these girls will be taken from their homes by age 15.
How Venture fights human trafficking
Venture partners with leading organizations, churches, and leaders in Nepal to create spaces for girls trafficked or vulnerable to trafficking to thrive. Through our partnerships we provide Border Patrol Stations to rescue girls in the midst of being trafficked; provide safe housing, counseling, education, and vocational training to those in need; and with every child that we encounter we present the beautiful hope of the Gospel.
We currently provide housing for more than 500 girls, education for over 1,000, and discipleship and training for all we encounter.
Thank you to each member of the Venture community, who selflessly log miles, who sacrificially give, and who fervently pray for the work we are partnering to accomplish in the beautiful country, with these priceless children.