Nepal's Lost Daughters, India's Soiled Goods

to appear in International Women's Rights Project / Time

Tim McGirk

Published: January 1997

Keywords: prostitution, women, girls, child, children, trafficking, Nepal, India, HIV, AIDS, Violence against Women, Infectious Diseases and Pandemics, Human Rights, Child Abuse


Every year around 10,000 Nepali girls, most between the ages of nine and 16, are sold to brothels in Indian cities. As a result, a backwash of AIDS is starting to hit the Himalayas. Kicked out of the brothels after they develop fevers and skin lesions, legions of forlorn girls are now staggering back to die in their Nepali mountain villages. Rarely are they accepted.