The Heart of the Matter

He sold a 14 year old girl to a brothel in India. Now, with the legal assistance of Maiti Nepal, his victim has seen her trafficker apprehended, convicted, and sentenced to 20 years in prison.  Read more.

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kailash and malala

Nobel Peace Prize shared by Kailash Satyarthi & Malala Yousafzai

Kailash Satyarthi, who is 60, and Malala Yousafzai, who is 17, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” We congratulate them both for their noble work on behalf of children and women. Sayarthi has worked at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery, sex trafficking and exploitative child labor.  Malala is a schoolgirl champion of girls' rights, especially the right to education.

Kailash Satyarthi has worked at the forefront of the global movement to end child slavery, sex trafficking, and exploitive child labor. He has been in the vanguard of helping the world see that child abuse is a human rights issue.  An enormously dedicated hardworking man who has done so much to protect and rescue enslaved and exploited children, especially the girls, of India and elsewhere in South Asia, Satyarthi has been doing this work selflessly for 40 years. Maiti Nepal shares his vision and is dedicated to eliminating child sex trafficking of young Nepalis — girls and women — into India. He deserves our admiration, respect, and gratitude. 

The world is better place thanks to these two. We are reminded that all of us  — men and women, old and young, rich and poor, can do something to help. All of us together! 


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 is typical of the unregulated crossing points from Nepal into India. On left see Maiti Nepal's information booth.


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.

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.

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