SEEMA AND KAMALA
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.