Like so many Nepalese children, Tika had been taken from his family by traffickers. For a high fee, they promised his parents that he would be well cared for and educated in an institution in the city. Instead, he was taken to an orphanage where he survived alone for two years; neglected, abused and exploited to elicit donations from tourists.
“One day I would like to be an engineer,” Jacinta says with a grin. But not long ago, she had to drop out of school to earn money to help her family make ends meet.
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