44 young women rescued from Dubai

When the 44 Nepalese migrant domestic workers spilled out of the arrivals gate at Kathmandu International airport a few days ago, they vowed never to return to Dubai where they had experienced fraud and suffering. All 44 girls were deported by Dubai Government once their fraudulent visas (supplied by human traffickers) were discovered. The young women are now residing at Maiti Nepal's rehabilitation home in Kathmandu. All of them had been lured by traffickers with the promise of foreign employment.  

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Funding is urgently needed to help feed, clothe, and rehabilitate these young women.  Your contribution will go directly to Maiti's efforts to offer them refuge and help them re-integrate into Nepali society. A donation made to Friends of Maiti Nepal is the direct way to get help this experienced and reputable organization which has been working in rescue and rehabilitation of victims for 25 years. We rely on your help.



Working together to combat girl sex trafficking in Nepal

Friends of Maiti Nepal is the official US representative of Maiti Nepal. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the human rights crisis of girl sex-trafficking by supporting Maiti Nepal in its work of prevention, interception, rescue and rehabilitation of victims; and criminal prosecution of perpetrators.

Some of Maiti Nepal's most trailblazing work is on surveillance of the border crosssings between Nepal and India. See slide show at right. Here young women from Maiti (former trafficking victims) work in cooperation with police - watching for suspicious activity, intervening when they see it, and rescuing over 2,ooo girls this year alone, before they could be sold to brothels [more]

20,000 girls a year are trafficked in Nepal

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Girls and young women living in areas shown in red are at highest risk for sex trafficking.

Open Border

The open border at Baratnagar typical of the unregulated crossing points from Nepal into India.


Specially trained trafficking survivors check buses cars, donkey carts, rickshaws and bicycles passing into India. They are looking for suspicious parties, and they know what to look for. Border police act in full support.

Questioned Closely

This pair was questioned closely, and then taken off the bus by police.

Close Scrutiny

The screening includes close scrutiny of identification papers.

Questioned Privately

Sometimes girls are taken aside and questioned privately by the young women of Maiti Nepal in their information booths/ offices. Police cooperate and respect the expertise of trafficking survivors.


Recordkeeping is taken seriously at Maiti Nepal.

Graphic Content

Most of the posters and billboards produced by Maiti Nepal have strong graphic content -- they can be understood by those who cannot read.

Women's Day Rally

This rally on Women's Day at the Parsa border crossing is a typical result of the grassroots organizing done by Maiti Nepal.


An 11 year old girl was intercepted recently at the Indian border by the young women of Maiti Nepal. One of over 2,000 girls' lives they saved this year.


Prosecution of traffickers begins with careful documentation, and help for the young girls, many of whom are illiterate.

Interception Residences

Intercepted girls have a safe, clean place to stay -- at any of Maiti Nepal's eleven interception residences.

Street Theatre

Street theatre helps spread the warning about devious sex traffickers of children and young girls.

44 new girls at Maiti Nepal, all rescued from labor trafficking to Dubai, all receiving counseling.



"Please tell the world about my girls." -Anuradha Koirala