When it comes to the trafficking of women, I have read many articles about the tragic stories of the trafficked. The sad turn around from returning home to returning to the brothels. The obvious next addition to this literature is how do we prevent it. Again, I have read countless articles addressing just this. What I have read much less on and what is often skipped over is the reintegration and rehabilitation process for the women who are “saved” and returned to their community. In my research, I look at the challenges that survivors face upon returning to their community. The social stigma, physical health, the law, and the mental struggle are massive challenges to successful reintegration. There are, however, many community based organizations here in Kathmandu that have arisen out of a need to see change and make a difference in the lives of women who have been affected by sexual exploitation. My research analyzes six organizations and then addresses the main components used in their rehabilitation and reintegration processes. In the end, successful reintegration requires both economic independence as well as sound mental health. My research also led me to two additional conclusions. The importance of the expressive arts in providing an outlet for survivors as well as these survivors potential to make a difference not only in future trafficking issues, but also simply within society as a whole.
Family, Life Course, and Society | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Inequality and Stratification
Bowles, Mary Mackenna, "What Happens After Chelibeti Bechbikhan: A Study of the Reintegration and Rehabilitation Process for Women who Have Been Trafficked or Sexually Exploited in Nepal" (2013). Independent Study Project (ISP) Collection. Paper 1566.