This article was published in the March issue of New Internationalist Magazine
In Nepal’s remote mountain villages, an insidious force has for two decades been destroying young lives and tearing families apart.
The devastation visited on these villages is no natural disaster, but one of human making.
It usually comes in the guise of a well-dressed man carrying a briefcase and the promise of education and a new life for the children.
But these children’s new realities are far from the dreams their parents held for them: behind the traffickers’ crocodile smiles lies a life of sexual slavery, forced labour, or destitution as a commodity in the huge orphanage industry.