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Abstract

Using a qualitative descriptive methodology, this study explored the experiences of Nepalese women trafficked into prostitution in India. The study found that poverty and lack of awareness about being at risk for trafficking are the major precursors for their trafficking experience. Abduction, fake marriages and the seduction of a better job were the major approaches adopted by pimps to traffic the women. The study also showed that after returning from the Indian brothel(s), they were rejected by their family and community. Such rejections occurred as family and community perceived these young women as at high risk for HIV infection. Strategies should be put in place to assist the women to reintegrate into their family and community.

Note on the Author

Chandra Kant Jha, PhD, Honorary Associate, School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Science, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. Dr. Jha with academic qualifications and expertise in public health and reproductive health focused to HIV/AIDS and substance use fields, has been actively involved in HIV/AIDS education, training and research in Nepal for nearly a decade.

Jeanne Madison, RN, PhD, Adjunct Professor – School of Health, University of New England, Australia

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