SEEMA AND KA­MALA

Augustman - - Slavery In Asia -

Seema was forced to seek em­ploy­ment across the bor­der be­cause of her fam­ily’s dire fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion. The mi­gra­tion across the open bor­der into In­dia is un­reg­u­lated, mak­ing it easy for hu­man traf­fick­ers. Seema left her vil­lage think­ing she was en route to a de­cent job but in­stead, she was tricked into back-break­ing labour as a do­mes­tic slave for two years.

Ka­mala suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate. It was her own aunt that traf­ficked her into do­mes­tic slav­ery. The abuse that Ka­mala suf­fered was re­volt­ing. She shared that her op­pres­sors would spit in her face, throw plates at her, make her work in­hu­mane hours and not pay her any­thing. Al­though both Seema and Ka­mala were lucky enough to be saved by an or­gan­i­sa­tion called Shakti Sa­muha, rein­te­gra­tion into so­ci­ety has not been easy. Sadly, in­stead of sym­pa­thy, most women who re­turn from work­ing abroad face a ter­ri­ble stigma, and are looked down on by their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties. Em­pow­ered by Shakti, both of these brave women now work with the or­gan­i­sa­tion to ed­u­cate their fel­low Nepali women about the per­ils of traf­fick­ing.

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