Anuradha Koirala was chosen as CNN’s 2010 Hero of the Year. Koirala is a member of a group who rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery since 1993. With her organization, she has provided a loving home for these victims. A place for them to heal, go to school, learn a skill, and for some who are infected with HIV/AIDS.
Koirala was voted by the public in an online poll that ran for eight weeks on CNN.com. Anderson Cooper, CNN’s primary anchor, revealed the result at the conclusion of the fourth-annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.”
Actress Demi Moore, who is an advocate in eliminating child sex slavery worldwide and founder of DNA – Demi and Ashton Foundation, introduced Koirala.
“Human trafficking is a crime, a heinous crime, a shame to humanity,” Koirala said after being introduced as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010. “I ask everyone to join me to create a society free of trafficking. We need to do this for all our daughters.”
Koirala will receive $100,000 in addition to the $25,000 awarded to each of the top 10 Heroes honored Saturday night. She will back to Nepal to continue her heroic service.