Human trafficking of young men and women has been a problem in Nepal for centuries.
Kamaiya, predominately from the Dalit and Tharu castes (tribes) are indentured servants
supposedly “freed” in 2002 by a law. Kalmaris are women from the same groups, enslaved
as young as 5 years old as domestic "servants". Haliya, men and boys forced to work in a
serf-type system were legally freed in 2008, now only to leave their families to work in the
Mid-East under substandard conditions.
HELP has been working for over six years in the districts of Nepal where the highest
number of trafficking victims and castes (ethnicities) live. Thousands of young men
and women can now read and write through our literacy program, earn a living through
our income generation trainings in sustainable agriculture and animal raising, and
experience the power of the Gospel. Now young men are staying in their own village
rather than migrating to the Gulf states where they are often once more practically
enslaved, and young Kalmaris and Kamaiyas have an alternative to prostitution for
themselves and their daughters.
DONATE HERE (http://www.helpmissions.org/contact-and-donate) to give to
programs targeting the ex-Kamaiyas