Anuradha Koirala’s goal is to put a stop to human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children around the world. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal this former English teacher is rescuing girls who have been sold by their parents to traffickers who promise their children would be given decent jobs and be taken care of.
These children often come from homes where parents are too poor to feed and look after them. Devious pimps cross the border and lure the girls away by promising them decent jobs in India. Once across the border these girls, some as young as six, are sold to brothels.
Anuradha Koirala’s organization, Maiti Nepal, has 12 outposts across the Indo-Nepal border where they watch for pimps crossing the border with young girls. Once rescued, the girls are rehabilitated, treated for physical and emotional wounds, taught a vocation or looked after if they have contracted HIV. Many of the rescued volunteer to help Maiti Nepal to save other victims just like themselves.
Anuradha Koirala has rescued 12,000 girls from sexual exploitation and is the winner of numerous awards recognizing her accomplishments. The latest award is the CNN Hero of the Year.
“Society rejects me and my girls, but they are the most important thing in my life”, says Anuradha.
To know more about Maiti Nepal or to help, go to http://www.friendsofmaitinepal.org/
Is the India-Nepal border the only place where human trafficking takes place? No, the United Nations estimates nearly 2.5 million people from 127 different countries are being trafficked around the world. It is the second largest organized criminal activity after the drug trade.
Take a look at the map below and look for high-risk areas across the globe, marked red, ochre and yellow: