Anuradha Koirala wins 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Award

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Atlanta: Anuradha Koirala of Maiti Nepal received a CNN Hero award for her work in “protecting the powerless” and advancing the cause of human and equal rights at an awards ceremony at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium.

Koirala and her group, Maiti Nepal, have worked to rescue more than 12,000 Nepalese girls and women from human trafficking and sexual exploitation, according to CNN.

“I ask everyone to join me to create a society free of trafficking. We need to do this for all our daughters,” Koirala said Koirala at the CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, which aired Thanksgiving night and will continue to air worldwide on CNN International.

CNN’s  Anderson Cooper announced the Top 10 result from their online poll at the conclusion of the award show. The show was taped before an audience of 5,000 on November. 20.

According to the Maiti Nepal Website, it was founded in 1993 by a group of teachers, journalists and social workers. Its focus has always been on preventing trafficking for forced prostitution, rescuing victims, and providing rehabilitation for them.

Koirala and her group will receive an additional $100,000 award along with the $25,000 Hero award, which will be used in                    their work in Nepal and its borders.

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