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Friday, 30 May 2014

Meet the Nepalese Woman Who Has Saved 50K People from Human Trafficking

Vice News 

This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.

Anuradha Koirala is a 65-year-old Nepalese woman who has saved 50,000 lives from human trafficking. Koirala is the founder of Maiti Nepal, a non-profit organization founded in 1993 with roots in Kathmandu. Maiti Nepal works to identify, rescue, and rehabilitate Nepalese women after they have been trafficked and forced into prostitution. She has positioned Maiti Nepal and its extension Maiti India as both a border watchdog and a rescue service for Nepalese women who are moved across these borders on a daily basis.

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Koirala herself is modest. She relates a story about losing 15 children during a rescue raid in a Mafia-ridden brothel in Mumbai like she is talking about the weather. It’s eight in the morning in Nepal and she has already started working. I can hear her grandson yelling from the other room. I don’t dare ask this woman what she does on her downtime. As we speak one thing becomes fundamentally clear: There is no neat divide or even haphazard line between work and play for Anuradha Koirala. It appears that Maiti Nepal is, instead, her life’s mission and any implication otherwise is a misunderstanding of her work entirely.

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