Kathmandu, January 29:
Forty women freed from Indiaâ€™s sex industry are trying to stop others who are unknowingly on their way to sexual slavery.
The â€˜border girlsâ€™, who were rescued by Maiti Nepal are conducting surveillance along the border, on the look-out for women being unwittingly lured.
According to the organisation, they have so far saved as many as 3,000 women from being sold in India.
â€œSince these woman can recognise the girls who are being trafficked better than anyone else, they are perfect for the job,â€ said Maiti Nepalâ€™s information officer, Sarita Banskota.
â€œThose who make their living by selling innocent girls in brothels use different tricks to persuade them,â€ said Sarita.
Thatâ€™s what happened to Saraswati Nepali. For three years, she was held captive in an Indian brothel after being lied to by someone she trusted.
â€œMy father was a cancer patient and we had no money. As I had to do something to help him, I went to Narayanghat to find a job. There I met a man who was very sympathetic. He suggested that I go to Birgunj with him to buy clothes for sale. He promised to give me 5,000 rupees and take me back after three daysâ€™â€.
But, instead of making money to help her dying father, Saraswati was â€œsold like an animalâ€.
â€œEvery second in India was the worst part of my life.â€
It was only when representatives of the Maiti Nepal came to the brothel with Indian police three years later that she was able to â€œescape from hellâ€.