Anti Sex-Slavery Campaigner is named CNN Hero of the Year

Anti Sex-Slavery campaigner Anuradha Koirala (pictured above) was yesterday named as CNN’s ‘Hero of the Year’. Koirala – who, with her organisation Maiti Nepal, has helped rescue more than 12,000 women and girls from sex-slavery – was presented with the title (and the grand total of $125,000 to further her work) at a star-studded, filmed event.

Selecting from 10 finalists, the US public were asked to vote for the hero who most inspired them on the CNN website. The voter’s hearts were won over by the work of Koirala and Maiti Nepal – work which includes patrolling the India-Nepal border, raiding brothels and rescuing girls from being sold into the sex trade. Those girls and young women, who would have otherwise been enslaved by the trade and forced to endure rape and torture, are instead provided shelter and offered education.

Speaking out against sex-trafficking, Koirala said; ‘We have to end this heinous crime, please join hands with me to end this crime.’

Huge congratulations to the much deserving Koirala… and long may her work continue!

Learn more about Maiti Nepal’s vital work here, and watch the inspirational Anuradha Koirala accepting her award here.

By: Sarah Barnes, 22.11.2010 | Comments (2)
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  • AllisonC
    November 24th, 2010
    3:58 am

    This is excellent news, but let’s not forget that trafficking of women and girls is no less a problem in Western countries, like the UK and US. Please take a moment to visit the Blue Blindfold Campaign website and click on “How Can I Help?” to learn the simple things you can do to make a difference in locally the UK.

  • Angela Decker
    November 24th, 2010
    7:06 am

    The flaggrant demoralization of women is what keeps So many countries unbalanced. Consider every war stricken and/or economically defunct country you have ever heard of – and take a look at their treatment of women. This is the ultimate schizm. It is the oldest and most prevalent form of prejudice. A house divided cannot stand.
    Thank you Anuradha for standing up against the most vile example of this!

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