Apart from obvious crimes like drug dealing or violence, human trafficking is the fastest growing crime industry in the world, affecting especially multiple countries primarily across Asia and the Middle East. Worldwide 2.4 million people are currently forced in labor as a result of of trafficking. Annually, 600.000 to 800.000 people are trafficked across national borders, of whom 80% are girls or women.
Concerning trafficking, Nepal is among the countries where human trafficking is a sincere issue. As a result of the lacking of recent and reliable statistical information, there are no proper numbers on trafficking in Nepal. It is very likely that the numbers are much higher. Still, it is estimated that every year up to 12,000 children are trafficked to India. On top of that, around 11,000 to 13,000 girls and women are forced to work in the “night entertainment industry” in the Kathmandu Valley. Especially the districts that share a border with India are more prone to trafficking.
However, there are several forms of trafficking of which sexual trafficking is without doubt the most known about, but it’s in any case unbearable, as is also circus trafficking as a form of labor work. The following story deals with circus trafficking in the form of a narrative story based on several real cases.
Even though this is a narrative story, stories like this happen every day. Luckily, there are several charities whose aim it is to rescue trafficking victims. Two well-known aid organizations in Nepal are Maiti Nepal and Circus Kathmandu. The both organizations are constantly doing their best to create awareness among the public and fight against trafficking.
For further information, you can visit their websites.
Maiti Nepal: http://maitinepal.org/
Circus Kathmandu: http://www.circuskathmandu.com/