THE PROBLEM: AN OPEN BORDER BETWEEN NEPAL AND INDIA ENABLES TRAFFICKING
- 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 from Nepal into India is an opportunity traffickers recognize and exploit.
THE SOLUTION: BORDER MONITORING STATIONS
FFLI has established border monitoring stations in Nepal established along unsecured or “open” borders with 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.
- 90% of the staff at our Border Monitoring Stations have overcome Human Trafficking themselves.
- 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.