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Jeff Galley serves as central group leader for LifeGroups and missions at Life.Church in Oklahoma City, OK. He and a team from Life.Church recently traveled to India to visit HOPE’s local partner, who is helping to equip churches and underserved communities through savings groups, and to visit Tearfund. In this blog excerpt, he shares about the people he met and what he learned from them about human trafficking. Read the full post on his blog.

Observers estimate there are more than 20 million slaves in India and that one new person is trafficked into slavery every 10 minutes. Some slaves are forced to do manual labor as a house servant or doing hard, backbreaking labor. Some are forced into prostitution. Trafficking isn’t just a problem in India. It’s a global issue, even in my own city.

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by Sylvie Somerville, Program Manager, HOPE Malawi

Last Friday, the 14-year-old daughter of my gardener, Levi, went missing. The family searched all weekend for her. No friends or relatives knew where she had gone. The police wouldn’t listen to Levi’s pleas because there is a 14-day wait policy for missing persons, and Levi was too poor to attract their interest.

Levi and I finally went together in my car to the police station six days after Maines went missing. With the sight of a seemingly wealthy white person, they were willing to help, but only after an hour of negotiating with everyone in the management chain.

We were worried that Maines had been trafficked. Her best friend testified that she was planning to “go to China and make 50,000 Kwacha a month [double the salary of a gardener].” What better ploy to attract a young and uneducated girl with no marketable skills. The police officers weren’t fazed:

Many 14-year-old girls run off to get married. Don’t worry. This is normal.

I can’t wrap my mind around this prognosis.

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We were on Skype, she working in Nepal and me in my air-conditioned New York living room.

My computer screen flickered, and in utter disbelief, I had to ask my friend to repeat herself.

She said it again, slowly—Ashley, there are entire villages in Nepal where there are no women under 30, because they’ve all been sold.

I closed my eyes as the sheer enormity of it washed over me. Generations and generations of little girls being sold by impoverished parents too desperate to see another way. Mamas and daddies handing their daughters over to the highest bidder in a despairing, last-ditch attempt to keep food on their tables. My stomach churned as I pictured children violently ripped away from everything they knew to be sold as playthings.

She continued. Forty-two percent of people in Nepal are unemployed. Selling children is an industry here. They end up at bus stops, dance bars, and massage parlors—the lucky ones will be enslaved as house help.

The lucky ones.

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