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Destiny Rescue: Sonali’s Story

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Written by Marc Nuss

Destiny Rescue is a Not-for-Profit organisation started in Australia over 19 years ago and is dedicated to fighting the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children in seven nations. Their highly trained agents run covert and raid rescue operations, day and night to locate and rescue children being used and abused. 

With the ongoing support of generous donors, Destiny Rescue has successfully liberated over 7,000 individual victims of human trafficking. They have been instrumental in the closing of many bars, clubs and brothels known to be targeting children for sex work and have seen numerous perpetrators prosecuted. 

Their tireless work has also helped keep thousands more young ones from entering the sex trade through various local community prevention programs and delivered justice and care for those who have been rescued.

The following is just one of many rescue stories we’d like to share with you….

The Escape Artist

Rescue agents are relentless in their efforts to bring exploited children into freedom. To rescue a minor, sometimes Destiny Rescue needs to get creative.

The chains of exploitation can look different for each of our girls: physical, emotional, economic or social. Every day, agents and caseworkers break through these barriers to reach children trapped in suffering and despair. Each scenario is unique and requires a customised approach. For example, our agents could be planning as a sting operation, funding a girl’s education so she doesn’t have to work in a bar, or outsmarting traffickers with a level of novelty.

In the case of seventeen-year-old Sonali, creativity was the key to unlocking her freedom.

FINDING HER

In January, Sonali* left her home in Nepal with her uncle. She needed a job, and he promised her employment as a housekeeper in a neighbouring country.

His intentions proved nefarious. Instead, he sold Sonali to a woman in a large brothel area. This nightmare was a foreign, terrifying place, where she was forced to have sex with customers every night and was not allowed to leave. Unable to speak or understand the local language, she was helpless.

When a girl is trafficked across the border of Nepal, our border rescue agents often intercept her before she disappears into the dark underworld of the sex trade. Rescue after this point is extremely difficult.

Sonali told our agent about what her uncle had done and expressed her desire to escape. 

A typical brothel in the area where Sonali was taken.

The two stayed in contact before planning her rescue. On a specified day, our team organised to wait for her at a nearby health clinic to facilitate her escape.

Pretending to be sick, Sonali got permission from the brothel owner to visit the doctor. Once she was at the clinic, she asked her escort to excuse her to the bathroom to gain a few precious moments away from supervision. 

In the restroom, our agent was waiting for her with a change of clothes. Sonali switched into a disguise and was guided from the clinic to a waiting car driven by another rescue agent. The three of them drove to safety.

Today, Sonali wishes to find safe employment to help support her family back in Nepal. Destiny Rescue is helping her learn the local language and will also help her find a job.

* Her name has been changed to protect her identity.

THE LAST LINE

Our presence at the Nepal border is expanding quickly. However, there are still many unwatched crossing points that traffickers can access to transfer girls out of the country. Our efforts in Nepal and Southeast Asia fight the sexual exploitation of children from multiple angles. 

Border agents stand as a last line of defence, rescuing hundreds each year from the traumas that await them. Destiny Rescue agents, border crossing stations and emergency accommodation will continue to expand as funding allows.

Your support enables the last line of defence — and your donations send rescue into the darkest places to find children and bring them to freedom. You could be part of the next rescue simply Donate today by scanning the QR code.

If you want to contact us or find out other ways you can help Destiny Rescue contact Marc Nuss 0429701729 or email marc.nuss@destinyrescue.org

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