Repatriation

Our colleagues in South Asia risk their lives every day when performing their work of freeing young girls from brothels. To give you an insight into how they work, we have described their work methods. Although every situation is different, the following summary may serve as a general overview.

Part III: Repatriation

Many girls that are rescued from brothels in India were actually sold to the brothel. For that reason, it is important to find out whether the family was involved. There are also girls who have been trafficked by traffickers from Nepal and Bangladesh. Our partners take on the responsibility of accompanying the girls back to their home country. This is a complicated legal process because the girls often do not possess passports or any other documents to prove their identity. This is due to the fact that they have been illegally smuggled across the border.

  • When the girl has testified in court, the necessary investigations have been completed and the official papers are in order, the girl can return home. When it is safe, she will be reunited with her family. If the girl does not want to, or cannot return to her family, there are several options: in the case of underaged girls, the state Child Welfare Committees (CWC) decide what is best for them. In that case, they stay in child protective care at least until they are eighteen years old. Adult girls may decide for themselves what they wish to do and often they want to return home.
  • The request for repatriation is filed by official bodies at the start of the legal process.
  • With supervision, the girl travels home and is reunited with her family. The family is also offered family counselling.
  • If there are problems, the girl can fall back on the organisation that reunited her with her family for support. This is to prevent her from being re-trafficked and re-victimised.