The trafficking of Nepali women increased rapidly after the earthquake, and social media has been making the traffickers' job even easier, discovers Vicky Spratt. The sound of laughter and singing echoes around the building, mixing with the beeping horns of the traffic outside. The walls are draped with vibrant orange, turquoise and pink silk scarves all made as a form of therapy by the survivors who live here. This is a safe house in Kathmandu for women who were trafficked into prostitution and are now being supported as they try to return to their normal lives. Just over a year ago a stranger added her on Facebook, she accepted, and soon he slid into her DMs and they began exchanging private, direct messages online. The stranger turned out to be an agent for the traffickers.
Girls in Nepal sleep in 'menstruation huts' despite ban, study finds
Nepal girls sleep in 'menstruation huts' despite ban, study finds - CNN
CNN Nearly eight out of 10 girls in a region of mid-Western Nepal sleep in dangerous outdoor "menstruation huts" during their period, despite the practice being outlawed, a study has found. More Videos What's a 'menstruation hut'? The illegal custom, known as "Chhaupadi," stems from a centuries-old Hindu taboo that considers women and girls as unclean during menstruation.
'Menstruation huts' still widespread in Nepal, despite them being outlawed
Follow our live coverage for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic. Despite Nepal's criminalisation of the practice, 77 per cent of Nepalese girls are being forced to sleep in so-called menstruation huts during their periods, a British-led study has found. The tradition, known locally as chhaupadi , considers menstruating women and those who have just given birth to be unclean and bringers of bad luck. They are not permitted to enter the home, touch anyone, attend the temple or celebrations, or eat foods including fruit, vegetables and milk products. While banished to these "chhau" huts they are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions, animal attacks, deadly environmental hazards and sexual violence, according to researchers from the University of Bath and the Kathmandu-based Centre for Research on Environment, Health and Population Activities CREHPA.