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Nepali Government Officials Acknowledge Success of Tailoring Program to Combat Human Trafficking

Contact: Colette Bercu, Founder/CEO, Free for Life International, 888-335-8835

 

FRANKLIN, Tenn., July 1, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- Nepal Government official takes note of anti trafficking non-profit organization's tailoring program for girls vulnerable to slavery and pledge to make an even greater impact. Free for Life International and Peace Rehabilitation Center have partnered since 2007 to make a difference in the war on slavery in Nepal. In 2012 they launched a tailoring program for young women rescued from trafficking through their Border Monitoring Stations or those who are at high risk.

 

Since the opening, 42 young women have graduated from this high quality six-month tailoring program. Two government officials notably attended the most recent graduation in June, located in the district of Rasuwa. Rasuwa is the location of an emerging border crossing with China and is now partially open for the locals and for trading. The district government of Nepal recognizes that young women within this district are at extremely high risk for traffickers who will try and take advantage of the new border crossing.

 

The two officials in attendance, Mr. Kriashna B.K. program officer from the local development office in Rasuwa and Mr. Suk dev Gautam program officer from the department of cottage and small industry, gave high praise to the program and offered one of the graduates a job at the graduation. Mr. Suk dev Gautam also pledged to provide advanced training through the government for girls who wish to have further training as well as 40% subsidy loans to those who wish to open tailoring businesses.

 

Since 2010, through the Free for Life International and Peace Rehabilitation Center's Border Monitoring Stations they have now rescued 510 young women from slavery. CEO of Free for Life Colette Bercu said "Slavery of any kind cannot not be tolerated anywhere in the world. We must continue to ensure everything is being done not only to rescue those enslaved but to work to address the root cause of trafficking and bring opportunity to those most vulnerable." There are an estimated 15,000-17,000 trafficked across the borders of Nepal or to the Middle East each year.