Since 1999 we have rescued nearly 800 children
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 2018, our staff worked with police and social workers in the metropolitan district of Lalitpur to raid three locations: a restaurant, a snack shop and a sweet shop. We were able to rescue five boys in the raid.
The boys we rescued were aged 12, 13 and 14. They were working washing dishes, serving food and cleaning tables. After being taken to the local police station, the children were formally handed over into our care. When they arrived at our safe house, some of the boys became quite tearful. We reassured them that they weren’t in trouble and were now safe.
The boys are all from remote rural areas – Dhading, Kavre and Makwanpur. One boy told us that his father was an alcoholic and his mother had eloped with another man. He had come to the city via a middleman to earn money but it was the usual story: once at a restaurant, he was trapped and never received more than a few rupees as pocket money.
After the rescue, our staff received threats from the middleman who had sold the boys to the restaurants. This does not happen often, but the work our Nepali team carry out is dangerous. Staff reported these threats to the police and then began the difficult work of tracing the boys’ families in hopes of reuniting them.