When trafficked, a girl’s fundamental human rights are violated - her right to a dignified, safe life, autonomy over her own body and her right to make her own sexual, reproductive and life choices.
For survivors of trafficking that return to Nepal, either through escaping, brothel raids or as health problems prevent them from working, their future is challenging. Returnees often face institutionalisation, lifelong health problems, rejection from their families and communities, extreme poverty and often, in desperation to support themselves or children, a return to prostitution.
Institutional care should be the last resort for trafficking survivors. Living in an institution is detrimental to a child’s physical, social and emotional well-being. Lack of long-term, consistent caregivers, autonomy and individualised care can further traumatise trafficking survivors, who have already been denied the nurturing environment needed to develop healthy relationships, social skills and emotional resilience.
For the best possible chance at a meaningful future, trafficking survivors and their children, where family reintegration is not possible, need safe, stable, nurturing family based care.