Promoting Youth Power against Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation Projects
Status: On Going
The Earthquake in Nepal and its consequences:
It was a miracle as the Nepalese say that the 2015 Gorkha earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 7.8 and shook several of the districts onto the world stage, happened on a Saturday morning. Throughout rural Nepal, children were in their home villages instead of in the schools, and almost everyone was out in the fields planting, picking their crops, cooking and playing. When the ground rumbled on April 25, the people swayed, fell to their knees in the dirt and felt their hearts race as they looked out across the valleys and saw homes topple. When the shaking stopped, they ran through the switchbacks carved into the terraced hills to their stone-and-mud homes, most constructed at great cost and with their own hands over many years, to assess the damage. Over 600,000 houses crumbled that day, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (some 300,000 more were partially damaged), but only around 9,000 people died.
Women and children, especially, suffered through a lot of irreversible psychological trauma. They are still in constant fear of losing whatever they have left and their lives. In addition, there was the vulnerability of being trafficked with a significant increase in women prostituted for sex, high risk of sexual violence and exploitation, as well as, early marriage.
As a result of the earthquake, a significant percentage of the rural population is migrating to cities like Pokhara and Kathmandu in search of livelihoods and a better future for themselves and their families. A large number of girls and women who travel to such cities in search of work ultimately find jobs in dohori (where duet folk songs are presented) restaurants, dance bars, massage parlors and cabin-style restaurants – a group of businesses often described as the adult entertainment sector. While these establishments provide job opportunities, several research studies and news reports highlight that many employees are subjected to labor and commercial sexual exploitation. Reports also indicate that minors (under the age of 16) are working in these establishments, which are categorized as hazardous by the Child Labor (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 2056 B.S. (2001 AD).
In this scenario, Opportunity Village Nepal then aimed to begin an innovative project in Kathmandu and Pokhara focusing on the empowerment and capacity building of selected young people engaged in the adult entertainment sector through the provisions of life skills and vocational training to enable them to have alternative employment options. The project main focus has been to provide orientation and equip with knowledge and skills to carry out anti-trafficking prevention activities.
Objective and Goal of the project
Objective : The overall objective of the project is to capacitate youth and promote their meaningful engagement to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and young people through a range of innovative approaches.
Goal of the project : The goal of this project is to ensure young people's right to actively and meaningfully participate particularly in social change by developing their capacity and provide a support-base for socio-economic empowerment. The project’s strategic locations will be Kathmandu and Pokhara vallies targeting the adult entertainment sector as described above with extending its outreach community awareness campaigns together with policy advocacy campaigns against human trafficking and sexual exploitation.