international work  Anuradha Koirala, the founder of Maiti Nepal, visited WCW in March, meeting with executive director Susan Bailey and several members of the research staff to talk about her work on the trafficking of young girls in Nepal. Koirala founded Maiti Nepal in 1993 to address the growing problems confronting young women and girls lured to India and other bordering countries by promises of work and a better life, only to find themselves in sexual slavery. Maiti Nepal provides shelter, rehabilitation, and advocacy for these young women and for girls and boys who are destitute and in danger of being trafficked. As part of the rehabilitation program, Maiti Nepal has set up border-station teams of young women who have returned from India and are able to recognize trafficking situations. They intervene by challenging the traffickers and telling their own stories of being forced into sexual slavery to the young women and girls being taken across the border. This approach has proven to be effective in preventing at least some traffickers from crossing into India with young women and it has provided important work for the abused young women who have returned to Nepal. After years of working at the grassroots level, Koirala has recently been appointed to the Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Welfare in Nepal where she will be better able to shape government policy.

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