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 2020
Individuals Rescued Since 2010
Traffickers Arrested Since 2010
STORIES of RESCUE
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...
DIDI'S STORYTHE RIPPLE EFFECT So often we ask ourselves, Is what I am doing actually making a difference? The fight against human trafficking is overwhelming when we look at the numbers. I am here to say to you, Yes, we are making a difference, and ripples that seem...
AAPTI'S STORY A FAMILY'S BETRAYAL When you read Aapti’s story, it is hard to imagine that she is only 19 years of age. When Aapti was just 6 months old, her mother died and her father abandoned her. Aapti, however, was not alone. She was taken in and raised by her...
URMI'S STORY "My father was a drunk, and my mother did not care about her children. At 14 years old, I was facing an arranged marriage. I begged my father not to go through with the marriage; he ignored that request." A BROKEN HOME AND AN EARLY MARRIAGE By the time...
SANGITA'S STORY "I heard from girls in my village how wonderful the Middle East was. My husband couldn't stop me. I was going to earn money for our family." A MOTHER'S LOVE From a small community in Nepal, Sangita lived with her loving husband, Guna, and their...
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.