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Artwork by Nepali Women

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Downtrodden by oppressive village social structures, many Nepali girls and women are all too ready to believe the false promises of traffickers. Instead of having better lives as domestics or factory workers, almost all of the women find themselves locked in brothels.

Myrna Balk was invited by five Kathmandu shelters to draw with women and girls who were victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. Most were illiterate and had never been to school. She was astonished to see the results of the art sessions. The women were extremely proud of their work and delighted in their sense of accomplishment. The participants also wanted Myrna to exhibit the drawings. They explained that they had found a voice through drawing.

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