Anuradha Koirala Named CNN Hero of the Year

Anuradha Koirala named CNN Hero of the Year

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Some people inspire. Others talk about changing the world. Once in awhile we hear about people who do both. Anuradha Koirala, named CNN Hero of the Year, helped rescue more than 12,000 women and girls from the sex-trafficking trade.

CNN ran a public online poll for eight weeks where Koirala was chosen by the public as one of 10 CNN heroes. Koirala was then introduced by Demi Moore at the fourth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.”

Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher created DNA, The Demi and Ashton Foundation, which aims to eliminate child sex slavery worldwide.

Of Koirala, Moore said: “Since 1993, she has helped rescue more than 12,000 women and girls. Through her organization Maiti Nepal, she has provided more than a shelter for these girls and young women, she has created a home. It is a place for them to heal, go to school, learn a skill, and for some who are infected with HIV/AIDS, it is the place where they can spend their days surrounded by love.”

According to the U.S. State Department, some 10,000 to 15,000 women and girls from Nepal are trafficked to India and then sexually exploited each year.

As part of the reward for being a CNN Hero, Koirala will receive $100,000 to continue her work at Maiti Nepal.

The organization stops slavery by raiding brothels and patrolling the India-Nepal border. We salute you, Anuradha Koirala, for your bravery and courage.

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