Last week a group of four local businesspeople headed to Nepal to film a documentary about child trafficking.
The project is spearheaded by Belinda Bow, founder of Green Chilli Marketing and also an Ambassador for 3 Angels Nepal.
3 Angels Nepal have devised excellent strategies to defeat the traffickers says Belinda.
“Setting up alternative checkpoints on the Indian/Nepalese border, they rescue an average of 4,300 girls a year,” Belinda said.
“A radio outreach program broadcasts across Nepal to educate the people, particularly in rural areas, about the dangers, the risk and subterfuge that traffickers use to exploit their victims.”
“I’m fortunate enough to be born in the lucky country, to have the opportunity to work for myself so I can afford to take time out and help those who miss out simply because they were born in the wrong country.”
“The documentary will be a story about women; a story about family.”
Belinda was spurred into action after a previous trip to Nepal where she became aware of villages devoid of women and children.
“That’s the situation some Nepalese villages face because all the women and children have been sold by their parents, or drugged and stolen by smugglers to be taken into a life of slavery,” Belinda said.
“But they aren’t just villages without women. They are villages without a future because when you take a girl, you take generations.”
- Every 26.68 minutes, a girl is trafficked. That’s 54 girls every day ‚Äì nearly 20,000 girls every year, with an average price of only AU$104.63.
- 3 Angels Nepal is the only Non-Government Organisation (NGO) in Nepal that is actively involved in the development of the nation. The organisation receives full support and co-operation from the government of Nepal.
- 3 Angels Nepal is the only NGO in Nepal (with over 80% of children from the low-caste community) that practises full child protection and offers maximum benefits for the wellbeing of children.
- 3 Angels Nepal have rescued or intercepted 17,486 women and children during its five years of work in the area of human trafficking.
Image | Taken by Melissa Histon Photography