On the morning of 29 November our team in Nepal carried out a rescue of two young boys from a restaurant in Kathmandu. The rescue was carried out in conjunction with the local police, after a tip-off was received.
The children, only 10 and 11 years old, were very frightened and it was only after they were relocated to our transit home and given medical attention and some time to recover that they felt comfortable enough to open up to our Nepali staff and to tell us their stories.
Both boys are from a remote part of the Udaypur district, a very long way from Kathmandu. The boys were trafficked to work 14 hours a day in the restaurant washing dishes in cold water, cutting vegetables and cleaning tables. For this, they were promised a wage of £23 a month. They were never paid. Using sharp knives in the kitchen meant one boy had multiple cuts and scars on his hands, for which he was never given any medical treatment.
Our team is working to establish communication with the families of the boys – neither family has a telephone – and to carry out safety checks to see whether the boys might return home soon, and restart their education. The boys have said they want to go home and are really missing their families, so we are doing everything we can to make this possible.