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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Earthquake Report, Maiti Nepal

Although no one was injured at  Maiti Nepal and at a glance, there appears to be no major structural damage to the Kathmandu campus, life is disrupted significantly. All damage has not yet been assessed.

There are many, many broken windows at Maiti Nepal, anything fragile was dashed to the floor and broken, and there was complete destruction of all electronic equipment including computers, monitors and printers.  

Many of the children are very upset and crying with fear as the aftershocks are strong and coming every hour or so. For the traumatized teens and young women, this is particularly difficult, but they are helping with the little ones.

For safety, all at Maiti slept outdoors and all were rained upon, and awakened several times with tremors. It will be several days until staff can return to work. Maiti is operating in a state of emergency.

Anuradha Koirala is making a special plea for funds at this time. Please use the donate now button on this page. Tag your donation *earthquake relief*.  Namaste. Thank you. Bless you.


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