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.
Women and Girls Rescued in 2020
Women and Girls Rescued Since 2010
Traffickers Arrested Since 2010
STORIES of RESCUE
Rekha was raised in a supportive family — one that empowered her to continue her schooling into college. Even with this support, Rekha was in danger of becoming a victim of human trafficking. The reason she was at-risk was not because of her family or education, but rather because of social media.
The heat of the sun made it hard to breathe, as Devina wiped the sweat off of her forehead. She had been riding on a cramped and uncomfortable bus for nearly five hours when it finally stopped for a break. Devina leaned her head against the warm glass of the window while the woman next to her sat texting, hardly ever looking up from her phone.
One day, Ananya heard there would be a festival in a nearby town. Here, she could meet up with friends and even take a small break from her abusive home life. While at the festival, she was introduced to a handsome stranger through some of her friends.
CHANDRA'S STORY A BROTHEL UNCOVERED We, at Free for Life, work hard for the rescue and restoration of every girl we can. Recently, our team heard through a whistleblower that there was a brothel close to our Krishanagar Border Monitoring Station where the owners were...
SITA'S STORYABANDONED BY HER FAMILY Although her father was a former missionary, Sita did not grow up in a family bursting with love. Sita always felt that her family did not want her, and the young girl was regularly ignored. Desperate for love, Sita was ecstatic...
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.