Anuradha Koirala is small in stature, but she is a woman whose will and might have not gone unrecognized by human rights advocates. Everyday Anuradha and the group she founded, Maiti Nepal (Mother’s Home), provide rescue, support, and rehabilitation to thousands of Nepalese women and children that are sold to brothels in India. Many of the victim’s families have been tricked into giving their children up with promises of a good job or education. Anuradha is working with government officials, human rights groups, police, and even trekkers in the area to educate and push for tougher laws to end sex slavery.
Anuradha and her team risk their lives everyday. They’ve been physically and verbally threatened and had their office in Nepal destroyed twice. When her team initiates rescues in India, they must travel with bodyguards. “The criminal elements that “deliver” young girls are a ruthless enemy and have political connections at the highest levels in India and Nepal,” states the Maiti Nepal website.
In 2010, Anuradha was honored as a CNN Hero. See the CNN features below.
A documentary, The Day My God Died, features Anuradha and her group’s efforts to end sex slavery in Nepal.