The Woman Who Saved 12,000 Women From Sex Trafficking

The Woman Who Rescued More Than 12,000 Girls From Sex Trafficking

Anuradha is responsible for freeing no less than 12,000 girls from the clutches of sex trafficking.

Born on 14th April, 1949 to mother Laxmi Devi Gurung and father Col. Pratap Singh Gurung, in Nepal, Anuradha Koirala also known as Dijju, is one of the most popular Nepalese social activist of India as well as the founder of Maiti Nepal, which was started in 1993.

Globally, sex trafficking figures paint a very dismal picture. At least 20.9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor, according to figures stated by .

Maiti Nepal started with setting up a small home so that girls rescued from brothels could at least have a safe shelter to stay. Often sex trafficking survivors are disowned by their own families and friends. So, Maiti Nepal not only started rescuing trafficked children and girls, but it also started taking up the responsibility of rehabilitating them. Women can stay in the homes as long as they themselves are capable of living lives on their own.

Today the organization has widened its horizons and its activities include conducting awareness sessions, community sensitization programs, rescue operations, apprehending traffickers, providing legal support to the needy, women empowerment programs, and conducting antiretroviral therapy to children and women affected by HIV, among many other things.


What started under a single roof back in 1993 today has three prevention homes, eleven transit homes, two hospices and one formal school operating across the country of Nepal as well as at its borders. Currently, girls who had been trafficked once, serve as the border guards at the India-Nepal border to easily identify victims and save them. On average, the brave girls rescue around 4 girls per day from getting trafficked to India.

Anuradha Koirala has been awarded numerous national and international awards in recognition of her extremely brave work towards children and women so far.

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Government of Nepal celebrates 5th September as anti-trafficking day recognizing the efforts of Anuradha Koirala. Ms. Koirala was also appointed as a former Assistant State Minister of Women Children and Social Welfare as an honor to her contributions. She is currently appointed as the First Woman  Governor of Province No. 3 by the Government of Nepal.

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