Last year, actress Demi Moore traveled to South Asia in order to film “Nepal’s Stolen Children,” an in-depth documentary she hopes will raise awareness about human trafficking in the country.
Moore, a passionate advocate for victims of human trafficking herself, partnered up with the CNN Freedom Project team to meet with 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and some of the thousands of women and girls that Maiti Nepal- Koirala’s organization – has rescued from forced prostitution.
According to the U.S. State Department, a staggering 10,000 to 15,000 women and girls- half of which are still children- from Nepal are trafficked to India and then sexually exploited each year.
“Girls are brought from the villages by people who can lure them and tell them they are getting a nice job,” said Koirala.
Since 1993, Maiti Nepal has rescued 12,000 victims from sex slavery, many of them trafficked through help from relatives or acquaintances.
To aid the efforts of Maiti Nepal, Demi Moore and her husband Ashton Kutcher have founded their own organization, The Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA).
Nepal’s Stolen Children will premiere this Sunday, June 26, 2011 on CNN.
In the clip below, Moore interviews volunteers who diligently watch the India-Nepal border in hopes of spotting children in danger.