This is an investigative report series about callgirls in Pokhara, the tourist-destination in Nepal. Although such a trade is no legal in Nepal, the legal enforcement is not enough to stop such trade. These girls run their business in hotels restaurants and other public places. But, all women working in such businesses can’t be generalized. There are a lot of shady business practices but police do take action from time to time.
The business of love is one of the most ancient business of mankind. Although it is not legal in Nepal, it is nearly impossible to control and stop the trade. Because of the the restriction, a lot of crime in the business is not brought into court. That has created a lack of law and order among these people. Although the police arrests such girls from some hotels and restaurants from time to time, there are other places where no police intervention could be made. Many police officers are also the regular clients of the girls. This report is prepared based on police investigation, conversation with workers girls, hotel and restaurant owners, public, taxi drivers and social investigators. Every types of girls are in such business. There are girls in labour workers, professionals and celebrities involved in such businesses.
- Restaurant girls (This Post)
- Call girls of Pokhara(Read Part 2 here)
- School girls/college girls
- Hotel girls
- Celebrities girls (coming soon)
Each of these professional will be discussed in details in upcoming series.
These types of girls and women are easy to find. Although they serve foods, these restaurants are more focused on girls than the foods. So, most of these restaurants have cabins and they serve limited amount of foods and a lot of drinks. Some even don’t have a cook as they only serve dry foods or foods ordered from other restaurants.
The restaurants in Baglung bus park used to be mostly used for such illegal trades. In the years 2070-71 raids by the District Police Office under the leadership of SP Basantakumar Lama, caused a lot of disruption of such trade in the area for a while. Although those girls were barred from doing their business in the area, most of them didn’t quit the easy-earning trade. They had moved to some other places. In fact, the police activities helped them to charge more for their services because of the risk involved. The higher demand was also justified by condition in Pokhara.
The main area were restaurant girls work are:
- Baglung Buspark area
- Bagale Tole
- Jalpa Road
- Sirjana Chowk
- Nag Dhunga
- Prithivi Chowk
Rates of Restaurant girls
The restaurant girls charge Rs. 500 to Rs. 1,000 for their service. The rate depend on the length of time they spend with the client. A night-long services can cost in excess of Rs. 2,000. The rate is also different for the local Nepali customer and the foreigners. While a rate of Rs. 2,000 to 3,000 might be a common rate for a Nepali customers, a foreigners should be willing to pay more than double for the the same service. Restaurant girls are however not favoured by the foreigners, specially the Indian tourists.
Life style of restaurant girls
According to a study among restaurant girls, most of them don’t rent their own places. That is for the ease of changing places when police becomes suspicious about their business. It is not considered safe for themselves and their clients if they have their own place for business. They usually live in the restaurant they are employed in. Some, also live with the taxi drivers who also help them in finding the clients apart from transporting them from clients to clients. Some of them also live with the drivers as family members who also serve by providing ‘home delivery’ services.
The restaurant girls usually don’t live in a city for more than two years. When they change places, they can increase their rates and they have more demand in new places. Changing place also helps them to escape the police. The restaurant owners make the arrangements for the relocation of them.
Actually, restaurant girls usually make a good relationship with the police officers. That helps them to find some regular clients and help them when arrested in raids. Like restaurant owners, the police officers also free services or discounts on their services. When required, they also give money, foods and different girls for their services. According to the girls in the business, the high ranking officers are usually after money. The low ranking officers usually are satisfied by food and sexual services of the girls.
This report is based on a report by Arjun Giri for Samadhan. Photos are taken from Mysansar (in 2014).
The next report will be about “Call Girls in Pokhara”. Stay tuned.
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