A Family’s Choice
Now 26 and happy, it took a dangerous, life-changing experience for Ojal to truly appreciate all she has. Ojal was raised in a small, Nepali town with her parents and four siblings. Her parents worked as hard as they could to provide a better life for their children, with little success. The family was not only poor, but also faced constant discrimination within their community. This brutal combination of hatred and poverty forced the young girl to quit school in the ninth grade to help financially support her family.
Ojal’s parents decided to arrange a marriage for their daughter, in hopes that she may be successful with the chosen husband. Soon after Ojal and Himal were wed, they had a precious baby boy. Although they loved their small family, they were unable to make ends meet. To protect his family, Himal decided to find work elsewhere—the Middle East. However, when he contacted a labor agency, he was told that it would cost the family nearly $2,000 for him to travel there and make minimum wage at a decent job. Before they could decide, the agency suggested that they send Ojal instead. They explained she would not have to pay any money to travel, as well as had the potential to make much more than minimum wage. Out of pure desperation, Ojal and Himal decided that it was their sole option.
A Change of Plans
While traveling, Ojal befriended a gentleman who convinced her to travel with him into India for work, rather than the Middle East. As they were crossing the border, our partner stopped and questioned the duo. Without skipping a beat, the gentleman had a story and claimed to be Ojal’s brother.
A Lie Uncovered
Our partner’s staff quickly picked up on the lie and separated Ojal from the man to ask her for the truth. It was then that she explained how he had tricked her. At this news, the border monitoring staff sprang into action and had the local police arrest the trafficker.
Now aware of the obvious dangers of traveling within this region, Ojal has been spreading the message to young women all over. She could not be more thankful for her second chance at a free and happy life.