Shakti Samuha is the first organization in the world which is established and run by the survivors of human trafficking in 1996 AD as a trafficking survivor’s girls group and formally registered as a Non-Government Organization in 2000 AD. Reflecting the history of Shakti Samuha, it was
established following an incident in 1996, when 500 girls and women were rescued from slavery in Indian brothels during widespread police raids. Out of 500 girls and women 200 were Nepalese, among these, 128 Nepalese girls and women were sheltered away in remand homes in India, where
conditions were as bad as – if not worse – than prison. The Nepalese government denied to bring these women back to Nepal, claiming they would bring HIV into the country with them. In the absence of Government support, seven NGOs took the initiations in returning and rehabilitating the girls. Among those girls fifteen of them went on to set up Shakti Samuha. Shakti Samuha was established in 1996 as a trafficking survivor’s girls group and fully registered as the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in 2000 AD.