Archive for July, 2011

CNN Freedom Project–Nepal’s Stolen Children

July 12, 2011

Anuradha Koirala, Nepalese activist and CNN hero, with Demi Moore, on a documentary about sex trafficking in Nepal for CNN's Freedom Project

For those of you who haven’t already seen this on CNN, I urge you to see this on CNN’s website. This whole year, CNN is launching an awareness campaign to shed light on global sex trafficking, which is a sadder, larger problem than many realize. Anyone who saw the movie, Taken with Liam Neeson taking down an entire Albanian prostitution ring in Paris, will be a little aware of the problem in Paris, but it’s an expanding, ongoing issue all over the world, and CNN focuses on what happens in Nepal, where young girls, usually starting as young as six years old and ranging into their 20s, are drugged or smuggled across to India to work as prostitutes. Smugglers often lie to the girls and women, saying their taking them to join their family in India or that they’ll help them find a job. It’s incredible to watch Koirala at work, tactfully questioning complacent border patrol guards, intimidating potential smugglers, winning the trust of young girls who tearfully confess that they’re being kidnapped and held against their will. The documentary is powerful look at an example of grass-roots activism that transforms the lives of young women who are by-and-large voiceless and relatively invisible in Nepal and India today.