26 Sep '11, 6am

'Mother's home' saves Nepal's smuggled sex slaves ~12,000 Nepalese girls trafficked each yr

'Mother's home' saves Nepal's smuggled sex slaves ~12,000 Nepalese girls trafficked each yr

KATHMANDU - The unassuming, slight, 62-year-old may look every bit the timid retiree but to the thousands of Nepalese girls she has rescued from a life of sex slavery she is the heroine they call "saviour". Anuradha Koirala left teaching 18 years ago to devote her life to waging war on the traffickers who smuggle women and children into the brothels of India, where they are often raped, assaulted and starved. From setting up a safe house in Kathmandu to a daring undercover raid on a Mumbai brothel, Koirala says she has helped more than 10,000 victims of a cruel underworld which sees victims trafficked daily across the border. "I wish for a day when I don't have to look after any more victims," she told AFP. "I want the sex trafficking to end." An estimated 12,000 Nepalese girls are trafficked each year, the victims of a cycle of unemployment, poverty, gender discrimination...

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