Anuj (10) and Sarita (13) were trafficked from their village and forced into domestic labour in Pokhara
My mummy gave me and my sister to a man who brought us to the city. He told us we were going to go to a big school and we were very excited. But in the city he separated us. He took me to the house of a doctor and his wife, I don’t know where my sister was taken. I was forced to work, doing all the cleaning and helping with cooking, or I would get beaten. I had to get up very early and work till very late. It was very hard work and made me tired and hurt, but I wasn’t allowed to rest. I missed my sister and my mummy. I didn’t think I would ever see them again. I was very lonely and used to cry myself to sleep.
One day Kalpana [a Kidasha outreach worker] came to the house. She asked me lots of questions about my family, my work and the man who brought me there. She found my sister and took us back to our village. Now we both go to school, have new books, uniforms, nice bags and coloured pens. Mummy promised that she’ll never send us away again and we can stay in school. I am happy now and want to finish school so that I can become a doctor. A nice one.
Kidasha’s team fought to ensure that Anuj and Sarita received 38,800NPR (£250) of compensation from her employer for her unpaid work.