Since 1999 we have rescued 700 children from slavery in Nepal.
The typical stages of a rescue:
- We are alerted by parents, teachers or villagers that children are missing, or that traffickers have been seen in a village.
- Alternatively we become aware through community contacts that children have been seen working in an unsafe situation.
- Discrete research is undertaken to determine the whereabouts of the children without alerting the traffickers.
- A risk assessment is made, as well as plans for aftercare.
- Contact is made with the relevant local authorities.
- Alongside the police, the rescue is undertaken.
After the rescue, the children are taken to our safe house, given a medical check and returned home if possible. If not, they will be cared for in one of our family style homes. Children will receive counselling and be supported to go back to school We will continue to monitor their physical and mental progress.
Example of a rescue:
In August 2016, our staff were alerted by villagers who suspected that children were being held captive in a metalwork factory. In co-ordination with the District Child Welfare Board and local police, we planned the rescue and raided the factory. Our staff were unsure how many children they would find and discovered that there were 13 boys working in terrible conditions inside the factory. All 13 boys were rescued and taken to our safe house.
Child slavery is illegal in Nepal, yet these boys were made to work from 6am to 7pm, poorly fed, and slept where they worked. The factory produced metal statues to be sold at tourist markets. The boys were made to use hazardous chemicals and acids with no protection, causing burns and other injuries. Some of the boys told us how they had tried to escape, only to be captured and punished by the factory owner.
The boys were taken to our safe house for medical checks, counselling and food. Our staff assessed their circumstances and traced their families in the hope that they could be reunited. As of spring 2017, seven have returned home whilst we continue to support the remaining boys.