Anuradha Koirala: Fighting sex slavery in Nepal


Anuradha Koirala has organized border patrols to spot people trying to traffic girls, young women and their babies over the border. Her teams have liberated thousands of them from brothels. She's set up shelters across Nepal and has worked to convict hundreds of abusers. And after 20 years, she has no intention of stopping.

*Warning: Some of the stories shared in this segment are troubling *

Meet a determined Nepalese woman who's saved thousands of young girls and women from desperate, unhappy lives.


To the thousands of Nepalese girls she has rescued
from a life of sex slavery, Anuradha Koirala, is the
heroine they call 'saviour'.
(Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)

Twenty years ago, Anuradha Koirala used her own savings to open a small house in Kathmandu for girls and women escaping violence and exploitation. That small home has become a big community, part of an NGO she founded to provide a safe haven for the now thousands of girls and young women rescued from brothels or human traffickers.

According to the International Labour Organization, an estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labour at any given time. Nearly half are women and girls used in forced commercial sexual exploitation. You can hear some of their stories in the documentary, The Day My God Died.

Anuradha Koirala has helped rescue more than 12,000 women and girls from human traffickers. She is an internationally respected activist and the founder of Maiti Nepal, which translates as "mother's home". It's an NGO working to rescue and aid women and children affected by human trafficking. She is nominated for the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. She was also named CNN Hero of the Year in 2010.


This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.

Mail: Canada-US Merger

We got a lot of feedback on yesterday's discussion with Diane Francis. She's just released a book called, Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country.

Her pitch for a merger got lots of people talking. Mark Elgar from Orillia, Ontario wrote:

"How anyone can observe the political insanity that is the American government, and contemplate a union with it, is beyond me. We might as well merge with Italy, for goodness sake".

And Rob Grant in Eden Prairie Minnesota writes:

"As another dual citizen, I have to say that a merger of the US and Canada is one of the worst ideas ever! I think Canadians would be extremely upset if they had to pay $10,000 dollars per year in health insurance premiums, like I do".

The suggestion of our two counties becoming one also made Dorothy Wood "cringe".... And "sent shivers up the spine" of Max Ferrier in Powell River.

And Jonathan Armstrong writes from Winnipeg:

"The sooner we do it, the better terms we can get. In twenty or thirty years, the southern U.S. will be effectively uninhabitable because it will be too hot. All those people are going to have to go North . . . and many of them will not want to stop at the 49th. parallel. And if you think the U.S. government is in crisis now, 'you ain't seen nothin' yet.' As I see it, we either merge voluntarily, with perhaps some faint semblance of control over the process, or we get annexed".

Finally - Stanley Lee in Jones, Alabama pleads:

"Are you out of your mind??? Are you!!!! If a victim is drowning and you try and save them without the knowledge of how to save them ... What will happen??? You will drown with us in our debt!!!!! Stay Out. You cannot save us!!! We will pull you down with us.... Our Politics is killing us... Please Please. You are safe on dry land.... Stay there !!!! We've don't have anything you don't have.... Except for a political nightmare !!! and that's with many exclamation points".

We love hearing your passion, whichever side of the argument you're on.

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Last Word - West Wing

Further to all our reaction to a proposal by Diane Francis to merge Canada and the United States. Some believe mergers can reduce the possibility of conflict -- although the Revolutionary War and the US civil war suggest political unions don't stop chaos.

An episode of the NBC program West Wing, wondered if even minor grievances might turn the longest undefended border in the world into a cauldron. The West Wing gets today's Last Word.

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