The trafficking of Nepalese girls and women into India continues even after all the work and efforts by activists and different organisations. To beat this won’t be simple. The latest documentary from VICE Asia ‘The Forgotten Ones; Human Trafficking in Nepal’ once again brings stories of survivors, those who had narrow escapes and are living a new life.
The documentary also features Shakti Samuha, one of Nepal’s leading non-profits working against trafficking. The organisation was founded by Charimaya Tamang who also features in this documentary. Charimaya was sold to work in a brothel in India and later rescued alongside a group of Nepalese women. She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Peace Prize in Asia back in 2013.
One of the most important things to take away from this documentary – like many other anti-trafficking docs – is that, if it’s too good to be true then don’t believe it, a lot of these dreams will be shared by someone you know or are vaguely familiar with and until transformational changes take place between Nepal and India; it’s very difficult for trafficking to decrease between the two countries.
The women who feature in this documentary are incredible – to experience what they have in their lives, which no one should – and have the courage to come in front of the camera and share their story is incredible. I hope their stories reach small communities, homes and young girls and women who are vulnerable.