Partnering with the CNN Freedom Project, the actress and activist joins 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and her organization, MAITI Nepal, which has rescued more than 12,000 stolen Nepalese children from sex trafficking since 1993, to collaborate on a documentary about the children of Nepal.
The MAITI NEPAL organization was started by a group of concerned professionals including teachers, journalists and social workers, and works to protect the girls and women of Nepal “from crimes like domestic violence, trafficking for flesh trade, child prostitution, child labor and various forms of exploitation and torture.”
They have been particularly focused with protecting girls from being kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery. “Rescuing girls forced into prostitution and helping to find economic alternatives have been our key struggle. Rehabilitation, although not literally possible especially with former prostitutes, is one major challenge we have accepted in our work. the practical steps would be to counsel them and provide non-formal education on health, laws, basic reading and writing. They are also trained to develop income-generation skills and provided Maiti’s shelter until they are ready to stand on their feet. the sexually abused girls, abandoned children, potential victims of trafficking, destitute women, prisoner’s children, returnees from Indian brothels, girls and children infected with HIV and Hepatitis B, intercepted girls are the major target groups or say, beneficiaries of our programs.”
The CNN documentary is part of a larger effort by CNN International to raise awareness about human rights and trafficking. Nepal’s Stolen Children will air on CNN on June 1.