Border Monitoring

An open border is fertile ground for the trafficking of girls between Nepal and India. Our border monitoring stations are the front line in our battle to rescue and restore these women.


  • Over 15,000 girls are trafficked from Nepal into India’s thriving sex trade each year.
  • Nepalese and Indian citizens may easily and legally cross from country to country without any travel documents.
  • The informality of crossing the border between Nepal and India is an opportunity traffickers recognize and exploit.


FFLI has an established border monitoring station in India established along the unsecured or “open” border, known for its high rates of human trafficking. Stations are defined as any physical location in which an individual may come into contact with a trafficked victim. FFLI works through stations to identify and potentially intervene on behalf of a trafficked victim. This is done through educational materials and individuals trained to identify potential trafficking situations. These border monitoring offices also serve as a planning center for external rescue operations.

  • If our staff determines that a trafficking situation is occurring, the first priority is always removing the victim from harm.
  • The staff will then contact the local police to detain the suspected trafficker, and report all information to the appropriate authorities.

Border monitoring staff members have earned the authority within the local community to stop and question whoever appears suspicious when crossing the border.

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Border Monitoring Data: Measuring our Impact

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