1/22/15

Update from Center for Global Justice Alum at Tiny Hands International

Center for Global Justice alum Kirk Schweitzer ('13) (pictured) shares an encouraging story of the arrest and conviction of a couple of traffickers as a result of the work at Tiny Hands International.  The Center currently has three members of our Student Staff (Ra Hee Jeon, Kraig Smikel, and Elissa Polley) who are also supporting Tiny Hands with a legal research project that will enable Tiny Hands to determine whether they can expand their work to the United States.
In October of 2013, our border staff at the Biratnagar Border Station intercepted a young girl. She was traveling with a trafficker to India. After hearing her story we realized that the man she was traveling with was a lower-level trafficker and the higher-level trafficker was in Kathmandu. The girl filed a human trafficking case and an arrest warrant was issued for this high-level trafficker in Kathmandu. 
Leaving work one day in Kathmandu, our lead investigator had memorized the license plate number of the trafficker. Pulling up behind a car in the middle of Kathmandu (a packed city full of vehicles and motorcycles), he recognized the license plate as that of the high-level trafficker and followed him home. We now had this trafficker’s home address. 
It turned out that the trafficker only frequented this house a few times a month and he would normally arrive in the middle of the night and only spend a few hours at the house. For this reason, it was difficult to coordinate his arrest with the police. But after many months, an informant tipped off our investigators when the trafficker returned home late one night and the trafficker was arrested. 
After he was transferred to the border where the intercept originally happened, a group of thugs immediately began threatening our border staff, the victim, and her family. In the midst of this, the trial moved forward. Of course, we always worry about delays and the potential for corruption. However, on December 2, 2014 both the low and high-level traffickers were convicted. This was a great victory for us. 
In the meantime, the girl came to know the Lord and now works for Tiny Hands as a border guard where she helps prevent other girls like herself from being trafficked.

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