The “open” border between India and Nepal is fertile ground for the trafficking of women and girls. Passing through this border is an informal process, and Indian and Nepalese citizens can travel from country to country without any documentation. This is an opportunity human traffickers recognize and exploit.
Free for Life’s cornerstone program is border monitoring between India and Nepal. At our station — located in Panitanki, India — trained staff members identify warning signs and intervene to rescue victims. This unique approach is highly effective within the region, and one of the most ethical forms of rescue to exist.
Individuals Rescued in 2021
Individuals Rescued Since 2010
Traffickers Arrested Since 2010
STORIES of RESCUE
TANVI'S STORY *To protect the identity of this survivor, his name and image has been changed* Tanvi covered her face as she stood in a busy train station in India. Two adult males, Rohit and Ashok, were there with her and appeared to be waiting for someone else. When...
JASMINA'S STORY*To protect the identity of this survivor, her name and image has been changed* Jasmina was telling the truth when she told monitors in a Delhi train station that she was traveling to find work. She wasn’t telling the truth when she told them she was...
DOK'S STORY *To protect the identity of this survivor, her name and image has been changed* While growing up in a remote village in Thailand, Dok spent her nights sleeping in a shed. She was unloved and unwanted by her family and married off to a much older man while...
CHOI'S STORY*To protect the identity of this survivor, her name and image has been changed* Choi was born into poverty -- she had few opportunities ahead of her in a country bordering Thailand. One day, a woman came to the small village and promised Choi’s parents...
BUNA'S STORY Buna was not expected to live when Shanta first met with her in a hospital in Nepal. A CONVERSATION OVER TEA CHANGED HER LIFE Buna’s mother died when she was a young child. Though her father remarried, Buna did not experience a mother’s love. Instead,...
RACHANA'S STORY A TRAGIC LOSS A mother’s guidance and love are extremely important, especially when it comes to young girls. Rachana never received this guidance as her mother passed away when she was barely a toddler. Rachana attempted to turn to her father for...
FREE FOR LIFE IN ACTION
At our supported home, women and girls live in a family-style environment, where there is no time limit on their recovery. Each survivor is encouraged to stay until she has completed her education.
Free for Life International is fighting human trafficking around the world. We believe in freedom for all.
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