This past March, Free for Life International’s partner in Nepal completed its second ever successful raid in Delhi, India! These efforts were in collaboration with the Indian police, HELP CROSS (an Indian NGO), and one other Dehradun-based NGO, and led to the freedom of 3 beautiful girls.
*All names have been changed
Months of Preparation
Organizing a Freedom Raid is an incredibly time-consuming and dangerous process. It requires extreme amounts of patience, cooperation, discretion, and strategic planning. On average, it takes around 6 months to ensure a mission of this size is completed successfully. Cooperation from local law enforcement, NGO’s, survivors and their families, as well as all team members involved is absolutely critical for a rescue to be effective. This specific raid was made possible both by missing persons reports of the girls who were trafficked and survivors who had lived in, and escaped from, the particular brothel where the raid took place.
Most of the girls in this rescue are from Chitwan’s Padampur village. Padampur suffers from incredibly high unemployment rates and severe poverty — vulnerabilities that are known to be key factors contributing to human trafficking. Fortunately, in Padampur, there is a social activist named Budhi Maya Ghale. She started an NGO in the village and was a key resource for the raid in March. She also helped our partner staff trace the missing girls and, most importantly, contact their families.
3 Precious Lives Saved
Darcy, Ashley and Monica were the three girls who were rescued through this latest Freedom Raid. There is only limited information about two of the rescued girls:
Ashley is from Padampur and was abandoned without any resources. By the time our partner organization learned of her circumstances, Ashley’s mother had been imprisoned for an unknown reason. Though her father initially took initiative to search for his daughter, he lost momentum and quickly became discouraged.
Monica is also from a small, poor village in Nepal. She had lost contact with her family for several months. This is not uncommon when women travel for work, however, her mother had a feeling something was wrong. She feared the worst — that her daughter had been trafficked. Finally, Monica’s mother filed a missing persons report in an attempt to find her daughter. Monica’s mother partnered with FFLI’s Nepali partner in the search for Monica. Fortunately, the organization was able to locate Monica during the March raid. She was rescued very far away from her Nepali home in Pune, India — a city near Mumbai.
Partner staff first learned about Darcy, not through her family, but through a community activist. This concerned community member went to Darcy’s father, who had not looking for his daughter at the time. After learning about the dangers Darcy might be facing, her father was convinced to join the rescue team. Below is Darcy’s story…
Darcy was 9 years old when she went to work as a child caretaker. During her time working, she was fortunate enough to receive some schooling. However, she did not enjoy caregiving and wanted to go home. After returning to her family, Darcy’s Aunt Jillian suggested she go to Narayagad, India to work at a different household. Excitedly, Darcy and her father agreed it would be the most financially sustainable option for her to work in India.
Unfortunately, the truth was revealed once Darcy arrived in India. The family Jillian recommended had a previous caretaker run away because the homeowner treated her so badly. Darcy was physically and verbally abused during her time at that house and left a year later.
As soon as Darcy left the abuse, she was in contact with her Aunt Jillian again. Jillian told her about a better job opportunity working in tailoring in Delhi, India. She convinced Darcy with ideas of the freedom and stability money can provide. This time, Jillian was careful to not let Darcy’s s father know of the new job. Jillian and Darcy then traveled to meet a trafficker (although Darcy did not know she was a trafficker) named Lynn.
Lynn gave Jillian 3000 NPR (around $30 USD) for Darcy and then took her across the Nepali border into Delhi. Lynn used tailoring as a decoy, and Darcy received training in tailoring and sewing for only two months. Lynn then sold her to a brothel in Delhi, where she was enslaved for 3 years.
When FFLI rescued Darcy, she was at Majula Ka Tila Dehli Brothel. When Darcy was originally sold into sex slavery, she was in a brothel located on GB Road (a popular road that houses Nepali slaves in Delhi). However, the brothel owner caught wind of the raid plans and moved her to a different location.
Life After Rescue
Since her rescue, Darcy has made significant improvements. Her health has increased, and she is now determined to see her Aunt Jillian behind bars.
Since this raid, Lynn has been arrested for human trafficking, and we are hopeful that Jillian will soon join her. We are incredibly proud of the partner team in Nepal for being so strategic and determined to see these beautiful women set free.
Through this raid, Darcy, Ashley and Monica have seen an end for their suffering and are now trafficking survivors. In addition, this allowed our Nepal team to strengthen relationships with several local nonprofits and police forces. We are hopeful these relationships will lead to more successful raids in the future.
Stand With Us for Freedom
Darcy’s story demonstrates that human trafficking is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. In Nepal, records show that more than 780 girls go missing every year, and 81% of these girls go untraced.
Free for Life and our partners are working for to turn these “untraceable” statistics into stories of hope and restoration.