Hyderabad: It was her sheer determination, grit and courage that helped in rescuing over 12,000 women and girls from trafficking in Nepal.
Anuradha Koirala, social activist and founder, director of MAITI Nepal, a non-profit organisation in Nepal, dedicated her life to help victims of sex trafficking, is yet to give up.
In the city on Friday, Koirala shared her experiences at a programme ‘Humans are Not for Sale’ organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation.
“People thought I was prostitute since I was working to rescue prostitutes and girls from brothels. My family was not okay with it then. But today, their perception changed and my family is known for my achievements,” she said.
Despite hailing from a popular and influential family in Nepal, it was not a cakewalk for her. She encountered several challenges in her personal life too, while attempting to rescue women and girls from the vicious trap of human traffickers.
Over 1,200 offenders were convicted in a period of 12 years through the joint efforts of MAITI Nepal and the police, she said.
“Convicts used to call me from jail and threaten with dire straits. They even used to trace the whereabouts of my son and daughter and threatened to harm them,” recalls the 67-year-old.
A globe-trotter as well, Koirala is a recipient of the CNN Heroes Award in the US.