June 23rd, 2011
06:45 AM ET

Demi Moore sees plight of sex slaves

Actress Demi Moore partners with CNN Freedom Project for a compelling documentary. A passionate advocate for victims of human trafficking herself, Moore travels to Nepal to meet 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala and some of the thousands of women and girls Koirala’s organization has rescued from forced prostitution. Premieres Sunday, June 26 MORE DETAILS & TIMES

Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) - Dawn breaks in Nepal, a nation whose natural beauty brings tourists from across the globe.

Sun glints off the Himalayas and in the ancient capital, Kathmandu, trekkers gear up for a day of sightseeing and adventure.

Amid the beauty is devastating poverty which provides fertile ground for one of man’s horrors – human trafficking and sexual slavery.

Nepal is a major hub for traffickers luring girls into brothels in India with promises of well-paid - or at least better paid - jobs.

Fighting the traffickers is a small, dedicated band whose limited resources are stretched.

They work with border guards trying to stop women being taken across the border, and in India’s red light districts rescuing women from prostitution, and in Nepal’s villages educating girls about the dangers.

Today is one of hope. Tulli is returning to her home village after being abducted into sexual slavery for several weeks and another six months at a halfway house after her rescue.

She is excited but nervous at how the villagers will treat her because sometimes the shame is directed at the trafficked, not the trafficker.

She was rescued by the Maiti Nepal organization and has spent time readjusting in the group’s halfway house while efforts were made to bring her traffickers to justice.

Maiti Nepal - which translates roughly to mean Mother’s Home - is run by CNN Hero winner Anuradha Koirala, who has made it her mission to help thousands of rescued women.

For this report movie star Demi Moore traveled from Hollywood to Nepal with CNN to see how the group works and how it can help her own organization The DNA Foundation, which works with girls forced to work in the U.S. as prostitutes.

At the Maiti Nepal complex Tulli is packing her bag as other girls pray or eat breakfast while others are busy sweeping.

Tulli gets to say goodbye to her best friend in the facility and jumps into a minivan for the six-hour drive into the mountains to her home village.

For parts of the journey, the road is the same one where she first met the man who trafficked her into India. It’s also the same road that has her favorite tea restaurant.

Koirala said the town was particularly bad for trafficking because it's a key stopping point for buses heading to Kathmandu. She explained traffickers are able to lure girls with promises, drug them and spirit them away.

Koirala said: "Tulli was looking after her brother's shop in the village and one day she met a man who said it's better in a bigger place and he said I will find you a better job.”

She went into town to buy supplies for the shop and did not return.

"At first they (her family) thought she was in the relative's house and they looked there and could not find her.

"Then afterwards they knew she had disappeared somewhere. They didn't tell anyone, they just waited and then later they got the message that she had been trafficked."

Despite knowing where Tulli was, it took the help of two volunteer groups and would be months before she was ready to make the return home.

Maiti Nepal also operates at 10 of the 26 border crossings with India, trying to identify suspicious travelers and stopping girls from being trafficked out of the country, which is about the size of Greece or the U.S. state of Tennessee.

Its uniformed border guards work with, but separate from, the border police and Koirala says every day, on average, they intercept 20 girls at risk of being trafficked. All of the Maiti Nepal guards are rescued sex slaves.

Koirala said: "They watch every girl and they watch the men as well and every vehicle. As soon as they catch someone, (one) takes the boy and (another) takes the girl and they cross-question them. If after questioning they find what they are saying is not true they hand over the boy to the police station and they take the girl to the transit home."

But the odds are stacked in favor of the traffickers. Maiti Nepal estimates it has rescued more than 12,000 women in its 20-year history. That's about the same number of Nepalese women and girls believed to be trafficked to India each year.

The Maiti Nepal guards interrogate travelers looking for inconsistencies - is that old man really the young girl's grandfather; is that woman really taking her daughter for a family reunion? - and suspicious signs that could identify a trafficker.

The police officers who largely take a back seat during the questioning will respond when Maiti Nepal guards believe they have found a trafficker but police Inspector Birenda Godra said they simply don't have the resources themselves to actively look for offenders.

Koirala said: "Cooperation between the police and Maiti Nepal has always been very good ever since 1994. Officially there are 26 borders between Indian and Nepal. Sometimes we have problems with police but you can't put them all in the same basket."

Godra said the biggest problem was not having the manpower to properly work the 2,500-kilometer (1,700-mile) border which Nepalis and Indians can cross without a passport or ID card.

Tulli was one of those shipped across the border and taken to Kolkata. Delhi and Mumbai are other popular destinations for traffickers.

She spent about six weeks at the brothel and says was forced to have sex with up to 20 men a day, before getting up the courage and the chance to try to escape.

Knowing she was taking a huge risk, Tulli asked a Nepalese client to help get word to her brother in Nepal. He agreed to make the phone call and then the brother, with Maiti Nepal's help, traveled to Kolkata to help rescue her.

Maiti Nepal put the family in touch with an Indian group called Rescue Foundation, which joined Indian police in an operation to free Tulli.

Almost every rescued woman spends time, like Tulli has, at Maiti Nepal's Kathmandu facility, receiving counseling and training.

It also helps build legal cases against the traffickers and has a school for about 300 children – some of whom were trafficked with their mothers, some of whom were rescued from living rough on the streets.

And there's a separate hospice building, about 12km north of Kathmandu, which looks after survivors with HIV.

Gita's story is depressingly familiar. She was an orphan lured to India by the false hope of finding her parents.

Koirala said Gita spent two years in a brothel before being rescued and she's been at Maiti Nepal for the seven years since her rescue - living with HIV because condoms were not allowed in the brothel.

Gita said: "Sometimes I think it's just hopeless. Then at other times I think Maiti Nepal is there and they are teaching me a craft then I think I can survive with."

Women in both centers also have to learn to live with the mental scars left by their ordeals.

Now Tulli is ready to return home. She says she knows her family will treat her kindly but she does not know about the wider community.

At 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level the view from the cluster of metal-roofed shacks is breathtaking.

Although emotions run high, Tulli's reunion with her parents maintains the traditional, respectful formality of her culture, and her brother thanks Koirala for bringing Tulli home.

But among those waiting is a small girl - Tulli's daughter - who has not seen her mom for several months.

Tulli no longer holds back and the tears flow as she holds her daughter.

Tulli is one of the lucky ones - rescued and now home with her family - but Koirala's crusade is to protect the thousands of other girls who will fall prey to the traffickers every year. Her work never stops.

soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. Scott MacLennan

    http://vimeo.com/25305172 other forms of stolen lives in Nepal.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am | Reply
    • Joanne

      can you please specify your question...i would be happy to answer...are you talking about Nepalese in United States or Nepalese in Nepal because we don't have big companies like Wal-mart, Home Depot and other fast food chains in Nepal (except for 1 pizza hut and 1 KFC. What anyone has to understand is that Nepal is a developing or you can even say poor country where people are not just able to fulfill their basic needs. Political instability, unemployment, lack of opportunity are few major problems and there are more. The major politicians and government agencies are more into corruption as they think about their own necessary rather than making contributions towards the nation. Children below the age of 16 have to be a labor worker as there is not any other option..It is difficult life out there. I hope in some years I would be able to help the people of my country.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Barbara

      WTF? You're joking, right?
      This really isn't a plight to joke about...

      June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Biots

      @ Jesus

      Sounds like you have a large dildo lodged up in your anus. Why so much hate, hate the dildo, not the Nepalis. We are nice people.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Mike kerns

      @Jesus. Making jokes about exploited children makes you a complete s.m.f.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Reply
    • Jimmy2Time

      Jesus, Nepalese can't swim across the Pacific. Besides, I don't think they would be that good at laying sod or pouring concrete.

      June 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • baroda1234

      Please do not take the name of Jesus as your name for this internet reply. Jesus would never make any comments like you did. He loved every body. I am glad some people are standing against the exploitaion of girls in poor countries. Would you like this to happen to your own sister or your daughters? Please think that this little girl is somebody's daughter and somebody's sister.

      June 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Reply
      • Brad

        Jesus can't fix crap because Jesus is a myth, just like greek mythological creatures. If you want to fix something, poeple will have to do it, no some make believe idiot.

        June 27, 2011 at 8:44 am |
      • Matt

        Jesus is historic don't even dream of disputing about it (there is documented written history). If you start believing in him, he will do wonders in your life. It has to be a total blind belief without questioning.

        June 29, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • Righteousness

      You are really an @$$ hole. Either you just say these things to upset people and get off on a response or you are just simply illiterate, immoral and an un-ethical fool who doesn't know when to shut the fu@k up. Nobody wants to be seen, known or associated with you and that is why you are alone and seeking attention. You jack@$$!!!

      June 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Reply
    • TK

      Jesus – you're such a TROLL. You and the rest of your troll friends need to be trafficked so that you have an idea of what it is you are mocking.

      For those of you who do not know – Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher actually created a non-profit organization who's sole purpose is to end child sex slavery and human trafficking called the DNA Foundation: http://www.demiandashton.org/

      The fact that she is working with CNN and Maiti Nepal shows that she really does care about the issue – this isn't a measly publicity stunt. Keep in mind that just because we live in a first-world country does NOT mean that this doesn't happen here in America. Open your eyes here people; it's a real life issue and I commend those who are making an effort to fix this great injustice that women have been facing for years.

      Jai Nepal!

      June 23, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Reply
    • BodyOdor

      1. Is your last name Rodriguez? 2. Do you wear a leisure suit?

      June 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • sapan

      nepal this name represent in world as worlds poorest country which means lack of employement in nepal. when i was in nepal i was wasting my time doing no thing and there is no way also to do any thing . in my view nepal should focous in industrilization bz india and china are worlds biggest market and us eu country and oter emerging country wants to trade with those country although they need to pay for expencive transportation charge which nepal can take advantage so we can do it further if u want to intract with me u can mail me in isam456@yahoo.com

      June 24, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Medya Commentator

      About The Selling of Daughters in the Bible.
      That was said in 1 Timothy 2:12 and Exo.21:7 and god justify for a child to get married if the child or the partner can afford it just to avoid fornication bec. some were matured in their early age like Lina Media pregnated when she was 5 years old and Bobby Fischer beat men in chess and become rich in his early age.
      The price is right bec. the food and shelter for her are for the buyers expense. That's better than parents leave their child in the street bec. they couldn't afford it. That's not Islam to kill her without reason. I think they should have licence midwife to help her to insure it's safety. If you think you can care the child better than the buyer then buy her.
      Moses law was also design to remember not to do the things that Adam and Eve did which they fall from paradise to tribulation.
      Rich people usually in Saudi, America, and others will not do that but poor people like in Afghanistan, India, and others usually sell their children bec. they could not feed them.
      If you well stop the slave buyers then no their daughters will not be sold and they'll dying hungry, and there's possibility they will become prostitute. What those people who want to help can do about this is either to buy slaves and set them free, give money to parents in order they will not sell their children bec. they could not afford to feed them, give money to fathers who already sold their daughter as long as they not yet married to their masters so that they can redeem them or adopt them in honest way not to let them call them as parents as what Jesus said Matt. 23:9.
      They don't like to buy male slaves bec. according to Exo. 21 that they will be free after 6 years.

      June 25, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Reply
      • Mearder

        Nepalese brought Cholera to Haiti
        Watch the You Tube video
        Please leave our Land

        June 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
      • nepaliandproud

        Mearder, Nepaleese did not bring cholera in Haiti. Looks like you did and you are trying to spill the dirt on others. Wash your hands before you reply.

        June 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • patrick

        Haitians are selling drugs in Nepal. Please get out of sacred land.

        June 26, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
      • Mr.P

        Mearder. "Leave our land" I do not know if you are taking about Haiti or the U.S.
        If you are taking about Haiti, you should be ashamed of yourself because you cant take care of your country and you depends upon Nepalese soldiers to protect your countries and your family. If you are that dignified, go and help your country.
        If you are taking about U.S I have nothing else to say except I am sure that the internet you are using is funded somehow by the tax some Nepalese paid.

        June 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
      • Ms.NJ

        WTF are you even saying?? Your grammar is horrific and nothing you've said in your post makes an ounce of sense!

        June 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
      • rab

        Dear mearder, please write comments analysing whats actually is in ground. Cholera is not a thing that any person can travel one place to another specially half a country. instead of cholera, nepalese army is trying to keep peace in your country from nepalese tax income. if you had really learned from the selfless service of nepalese people, there would not have been loot in your country while half of people were under rubbles duiring great haitian earthquake...

        June 27, 2011 at 12:37 am |
      • Elizabeth

        Obviously you do not know nor understand God's word – the Bible.

        June 27, 2011 at 10:23 am |
      • All for the King

        The peace keepers from Nepal probably actually started the Cholera outbreak. http://www.aolnews.com/2010/10/28/nepalese-mission-investigated-as-possible-source-of-cholera-in-h/

        June 27, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • Ric

        One thing no one mentions is overpopulation. Birth control would save all the starvation and sickness from malnutrition in our world. Our planet can sustain only about 2 Billion humans – yet we are at 6 billion...the homo sapiens is a species wrought on destroying itself – And people here are worried about sex slavery and whether or not a hollywood star should report about it – Look at the bog picture

        What is the Cause of Sex slavery – simple – TOO many mouths to feed and too much poverty. Solution....population control – unfortunately every RELIGION is against it – yet the effects of no population control is what is causing suffering in the world and RELIGION is against suffering , but will not admit the causes

        June 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Medya Commentator

      About The Selling of Daughters in the Bible.
      That was said in 1 Timothy 2:12 and Exo.21:7 and god justify for a child to get married if the child or the partner can afford it just to avoid fornication bec. some were matured in their early age like Lina Media pregnated when she was 5 years old and Bobby Fischer beat men in chess and become rich in his early age.
      The price is right bec. the food and shelter for her are for the buyers expense. That's better than parents leave their child in the street bec. they couldn't afford it. That's not Islam to kill her without reason. I think they should have licence midwife to help her to insure it's safety. If you think you can care the child better than the buyer then buy her.
      Moses law was also design to remember not to do the things that Adam and Eve did which they fall from paradise to tribulation.
      Rich people usually in Saudi, America, and others will not do that but poor people like in Afghanistan, India, and others usually sell their children bec. they could not feed them. If you well stop the slave buyers then no their daughters will not be sold and they'll dying hungry, and there's possibility they will become prostitute. What those people who want to help can do about this is either to buy slaves and set them free, give money to parents in order they will not sell their children bec. they could not afford to feed them, give money to fathers who already sold their daughter as long as they not yet married to their masters so that they can redeem them or adopt them in honest way not to let them call them as parents as what Jesus said Matt. 23:9.
      They don't like to buy male slaves bec. according to Exo. 21 that they will be free after 6 years.

      June 25, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • Judy Metzger

      Kudos to Scott Maclennan for posting this link! I hope the others who are late seeing this article (like myself) will take the time to look at the link he posted. While you're there, be sure to click on the link to The Mountain Fund, which is Scott's baby. He has done wonderful things, dedicating himself to the plight of the poor in Nepal, as well as those in Peru, El Salvador, and Pakistan. Scott is the founder and Executive Director of The Mountain Fund and last year he was awarded the Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal.

      The mandate of The Mountain Fund is so simply understated as: "Working to eliminate poverty, its causes and symptoms, in developing mountain communities around the world." What an incredibly modest statement, which doesn't come close to covering all of the hard work this foundation does. All of this and what does Scott do with his post? He simply provides a useful link.

      Well, as an old high school classmate of Scott's, I can do the bragging he would never do himself. Scott: BRAVO! Here's to a life well-lived! I am very proud of you for all you've accomplished! (we just won't mention the old crazy days at MHS, LOL!)

      June 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Reply
      • Judy Metzger

        Clarify post:
        This was a Reply to Scott Maclennan's post on June 23, 2011 at 8:29 am, currently located at the top of the comments, but that is not where my reply ended up (thanks CNN). I will copy is post so what I wrote will make sense:
        http://vimeo.com/25305172 other forms of stolen lives in Nepal.

        June 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • kotchi

        Still got the hots for Scott Judy? You and people like you disgust me. The world is as it is. Slave traders,prostitution,on and on. I don't live there and neither do you and shooting your mouth off can't change the fact that half of our planet is still inhabited by "people" that are not so far from our monkey ancestors.Humans are called mammals but for the worst of us being called an animal would be a compliment. You have a nice ride in your fairy tale car.

        June 26, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
      • Mearder

        Hey Judy Metzger

        is Tom Metzger.... your father?

        June 27, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Katherine

      Stop replying to Jesus. You are all saying that he should be ignored, and instead, are actually replying to his comments. Obviously, he enjoys the negative attention and is feeding off of it for his next post. If ignored, he will go away...

      June 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Reply
      • Katherine

        Sorry, my comment ended up in the wrong area.

        June 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Lisa

      I love how these celebrities find an already established cause and attach themselves to it and ride the coat tails right into Self proclaimed sainthood. Yeah yeah I get it.....they use their celebrity and sometimes a very small amount of their fortunes to help bring awareness but it's all too obvious that most of their efforts are self serving to fill a void in their already large egos. I see no borders but let's see some action on the home front now and again.

      June 26, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
      • gaj

        What's wrong in being attached to a cause and what do you mean by home front, we as americans send money when there is a disaster in another country so do we try to show off, no its just human nature. Please don't be so ignorant cuz you look nothing but a fooool !!!

        June 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • Amber

        you know she is a republican

        June 26, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • Pennwoodsman

        so????? Demi Moore doesn't HAVE to do anything, but she is doing SOMETHING to help these poor girls in a far off land. You REALLY have a problem with that?? What makes you think she is riding on the coat tails? God...what a dumb b***h

        June 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
      • moveebuff

        At least they are doing something they believe in. Their celebrity status helps bring attention to these important issues.
        Which cause are you helping?

        June 26, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
      • PB

        Lisa, one of the reasong of these organisations succedding is because of geting prominence because of celebrities associating with them. without Demi being associated, would you have been able to khow about this side of the story. I bet it would have been lost like innumberable instance of NGS's working in those part of the world. We need to appreciate Demi for lending the cause a voice.

        June 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
      • Rove Kasparov

        Demi attaching herself to the cause does only good (more awareness, which is what morons like you need so badly). What good cause did you attach yourself to recently smart lady?

        June 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
    • kotchi

      Dear Demi Moore. Stay home and mind your own house.You will never be remembered as anything more than Bruce Wiillis ex wife or the one with the new boobs in whatever that movie was...ya know with Burt what's his name.

      June 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Reply
      • rabi

        Kotchi: Spare yourself a few micro-caloires it takes to type your comments. Go scratch some part of your body for better results.
        You have no idea what you're talking about. You have no clue about the issue, and about people who are fighting the issue and what Demi's speaking out on the issue means. Pathetic.

        June 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
      • moveebuff

        wow Kotchi....got a bee in your bonnet? At least Demi cares enough to make this issue a passion. What are you doing to help those who aren't as fortunate as you?

        June 26, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
      • rabin

        Kotchi assume that you are a mother who barely afford your daughter needs. you have been trafficed to brothel far far away in unknown city being told will get good job and better salary for your daughter future. you are being raped, physically assaulted and treated as animal or a sex slave.
        you have no right to mix demi moore private life with her good deeds. it needs a guts to travel far far away and do such a good work in front of antisocial person like you...

        June 27, 2011 at 12:28 am |
      • das272

        @ kotchi - It's great to see Demi Moore helping others less fortunate. I applaud her efforts. She is setting a good example for derps like you who need to really grow up.

        June 27, 2011 at 7:03 am |
    • Jennifer Biernat

      Hello Scott, I am Aubrey Sacco's Aunt. Connie Sacco is my sister. When I heard they were doing this documentary I emailed DNA, Demi Moore's organization and asked them to please include Aubrey's story. I got no reply.

      June 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • john ariewa

      why is it that I'm watching Demi Moore's cleavage during this show? Pathetic display of egotistical narcissism. How much respect was thrown away at the expense of her chest?

      June 27, 2011 at 3:00 am | Reply
    • What's the big deal?

      Demi has been holding Ashton as her sex slave for months...yea, even years. Wouldn't mind being her sex slave.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
  2. kuldipjang

    "Maiti" in Nepalese language means brothers and all the male members of a girls family...and indeed Maiti Nepal has done a great job ...just want to thank CNN and Demi Moore for highlighting this issue...

    June 23, 2011 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • bshrestha

      Maiti actually mean parent's house in Nepali. When a woman is married, her husband's house is her new home and her parent's house is called Maiti ghar–or parent's house.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Mandy

      You are very disrespectful as well as completely without a clue. These women eat what we eat in the U.S. in One day for one week if not less. They are poor , suffer from all types of illnesses and are lucky if they are able to be educated in any way to be able to survive. I suggest you simply do not comment if you are going to be incensitive and completely out of line.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
    • GusMackay

      Actually, it means potted plants.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Reply
    • Umbra

      @Mandy – please go and screw yourself.

      June 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • donutman

      How would you know?

      June 23, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Reply
    • donutman

      @umbra whydon't you go umbra yerself

      June 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Reply
    • No Name Required

      I know that you are getting off on all the attention, but you are still an idiot.

      June 24, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • B

      Hey Jesus or whatever the heck your real name is! I would really like to cuss you out but whats the point when its obvious that you have stooped so low that ppl cussing at you makes you feel proud of yourself. You surely are a miserable excuse for a human being. Mocking some poor country and its people via an article that describes something so unspeakably terrible is a new low. Whoever and whereever you are, I hope you get whats due to you.

      June 24, 2011 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • Joanne

      Hey all,
      Lets not reply to this wannabe "Jesus" because it does not matter what he thinks. Just naming himself after Jesus does not make him a holy man. I think these types of people are the ones who are involved in human trafficking. So, let us all ignore this jerk.

      June 25, 2011 at 1:13 am | Reply
  3. shalom nimgba

    This is simply heartbreaking,what kind of world do we live in the men and women who involve in human trafficking should get the capital punishment...Honestly Hiv, mental scars all these through no fault of these youngsters whos only desire is for a better life.Well thank you CNN for letting us into the world of this brave young women and also for allowing the world know that it doesnt really take much to fight this heinous crime its all about making a decision and taking a stance to put a stop to it.Thank u Anuradha, thank u for fighting for this girls!

    June 23, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Bhola

      I am a sales representative, so half of my job is walking along the footpath watching hoardings. I have walked across or visited several areas close to many red light areas in India while I am on my job. I have seen a large pool of sex workers those who look like mountain-people. I always wondered why or how such mountain people arrived in those places; they were not locals anyway. After inquiry I found that they are either from Nepal or stolen from tea gardens (up in the north) and are sold to agents at cheap rates. Human beings cannot be purchased or sold. This is pathetic, and its true that these sex slaves will never be united with their family. This place is just too short to detail you my experiences in those areas. I am truly sorry for them, as I do not have enough power to do anything. Nevertheless, I stand here firm and shout loud in their favor to do something and put an end to this inhumane prosecution of kid/teen girls. Thanks Demi Moore for your effort.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • genp

        you are right but what many people are not aware of is that human trafficking is getting worse all over the world even Europe and US, and the worse part is that sometime in US and Europe they are looked at as troubled teens and not like victims

        June 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
      • Umbra

        How much are they going for?

        June 23, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Sabinaa

      The traffickers are a symptom. It is those men who are unable to discipline their desires who are to blame! Welcome to the 21 Century where integrity, civility and humanity have little to no meaning anymore.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • Name*Bucktooth

        I Agree! Constant excuses for men not being able to control themselves! They are Weak!!!!

        June 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  4. Vivek, India

    Salute this courageous woman Koirala to fight for these exploited women.

    June 23, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Valerie

      Yes! I agree!!!! : )

      June 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  5. wayne fritzinger

    When did the U.S Government appoint actors and actresses as ambassadors or whatever they call themselves. let's hope they don't commit any major blunders that place our nation in a perilous position. Most of them are not the "brightest lights" on the block. Let's see where did Demi Moore get her credential from?

    June 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Maria

      I think you're thinking of the UN Ambassadors, NOT US. Here Moore is in partnership with CNN because of the foundation she and Ashton run. Its not necessarily about credentials but rather having the power to bring attention to an issue often overseen. This is not a US government assignment.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • Mike kerns

        @Maria you are misinformed you should know that fox news viewer's rank #1

        June 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • Mike kerns

        Maria accept my apology please I directed my post at Wayne and not you.

        June 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Mark G

      Your an idiot. Rather than appreciate the efforts of someone blessed w/ a platform and the integrity to use it, you sling derision? When was the last time you got of your fat a$$ to help someone in need?

      June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
      • EG

        how do you know he's got a fat ass?

        June 23, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • albert

        Sadly, that's waht some Americans do, they whine and complain about everything. Yet, they offer no help or solutions.

        June 26, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Mac

        Mark, don't you understand that most of these types believe in the Ayn Rand pabulum that states every man (and woman) for themselves. They believe, like Margaret Thatcher, that there is no society. It's dog eat dog. Look out for number 1. But what they fail to realize is that as soon as anyone has kids that line of thought has to be reevaluated. They can't see themselves in another's shoes because they've lost their humanity. Just regurgitate the bile they pick up from talk radio. Their religion of politics invades every thought. I wonder how they would think and feel if they were a dirt poor woman in Nepal instead of fat and happy living in the red white and blue USA...

        June 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • cogitoergosum

      Demi Moore is not your typical Hollywood air head. She has shunned Hollywood for a life in Iowa and has worked for years to help those less fortunate. She has also studied other cultures and religions and I feel has some sensitivity for working within other cultures. Lastly, I don't see you volunteering to spend your time or money! If you can't help, don't complain.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • kotchi

        Get a life . Demi Moore is one level above hooker.

        June 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • whoamitojudge

        I think you're confusing Iowa with Idaho. Idaho is where she lived with Bruce and raised her children – Sun Valley, Idaho, which is actually a wealthy resort town. Nothing like Iowa, really. And as I recall, she didn't shun Hollywood – the offers dried up after her last two movies bombed (GI Jane and The Scarlet Letter). I agree that anytime anyone can use their celebrity to bring attention to a worthy cause, it's a good thing, but there are lots of ways to help a cause that don't involve getting publicity for oneself. Lots of celebrities actually do it, we just don't know because they aren't doing it in front of the camera. So I think there is a little bit of something in it for Demi – she's a celebrity because she finds ways to stay in People magazine, etc., and this kind of PR helps. But if she ultimately does some good with it, then that's good too.

        June 26, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
    • Lise Quinn

      The US is not taking any action, nor the UN, nor the government of India. Demi Moore's credentials are her money and her caring enough to get up off her duff and do something about it. Anuradha Koirala is running Maiti Nepal, not Demi, but Demi's celebrity status draws attention to the program so that more people are aware of the situation and may be moved to do something. CNN chose Anuradha Koirala as a CNN Hero.
      Regardless of what you think about celebrities and their causes, they have the money and the attention that can make a big difference. Too bad you would toss out waht al that money can do because she's "just' an actor.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Reply
      • Oscar

        DEMI ROCKS!!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • fuckinggorascum

        You're a useless white bint that doesn't know shit about India so STFU.

        June 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • papia

        Lise Quinn, you are right.

        June 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
      • papia

        Hey, f.....scum or whatever, don't curse at white people. Demi is white and Koirala needs all the help from these whites to rescure non-white people. I am NOT white and I have noticed that helping others is in majority American whites' DNA. When I needed help my brown people didn't help me but a whole bunch of white people extended their hands to me to survive. Americans are the most helpful people on Earth.

        June 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • JT

      How the heck did you get U.S. appointee? You obviously have Beck vision. It's called humanitarianism...or simply volunteer work. We are allowed to do things like this without the permission of the government.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • Barbara

      Wayne-Get off your butt and get over there and do something constructive you ass~

      June 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • Carol

      I agree completely. I never watch these CNN specials that feature some bored (and boring) Hollywood personality who has suddenly become an "expert" on a certain topic. Whether it is Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, or whoever, it is just another publicity stunt. They show up at the scene – camera crew in tow – snap a few pictures standing next to the local people with a practiced look of concern on their faces, then jump on a private jet and get the hell out of there.

      Then they do these stupid TV specials and give their "expert" opinions on the situation. CNN, talk to some doctors who are there or people who work for local NGOs who are genuinely trying to help – not celebrities. I would rely on their opinions much more than this airhead.

      I guess Moore is putting a little more effort into this one though. I remember a CNN headline about her last "cause": it was something to the effect of "Demi Moore uses her Twitter account to do such and such........" What an idiot.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
      • Chirs

        @Carol – You're the idiot. The point you seem to be missing is that it doesn't matter why a celebrity does what they do. In this case, only results matter. Demi Moore is using her celebrity status and money to bring attention to a very worthy cause, and is trying to make a difference. Whether you agree or disagree with whatever you think her motives simply doesn't matter.

        But if it makes you feel better, rant away!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Lise Quinn

        She's not giving any expertise – she giving time and money and the power of her celebrity status to get people to pay attention and DO SOMETHING!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
      • Denizen Kate

        Carol, how would you know what these celebrities do or don't do? Are you in their inner circles? Demi Moore is using her celebrity to bring attention to a serious problem. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spend millions of their own dollars on many causes, including rebuilding New Orleans and more recently helping the people of Joplin. As for George Clooney, he's using a boatload of his own money to help float a satellite that will aim cameras at the Darfur region of Sudan so that, in his words, "we can still ignore the violence and genocide, but we can't say it isn't happening."

        When you've given as much of your time and money to a worth cause, then you can judge. Until then, please shut up.

        June 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • genp

        I think you are the ignorant in this because if you paid any attention many of these celebrities started doing these at a point in their career where they already had enough publicity ummm think Angelina, Maddona, Bradd Pitt, Clooney Matt Damon, my gosh do you people ever think before you speak? I think it's amazing that someone that rich actually thinks about someone else beside themselves

        June 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Carol

        Great – you are all inspired to do .... uh.... "something". So go for it!

        I am saying that I do not care to watch celebrities in this type of TV special. I think it is a publicity stunt – I don't like to watch it – so I don't.

        I am not trying to stop anyone else from watching – you like Demi Moore and you find her heroic? Great! I couldn't care less.

        June 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
      • Luc

        Carol, what a sad and pathetic soul you are. Full of bitterness and anger. The world does not revolve around you. As you said, you couldn't care less. Then go away! Do continue to hate, it is very productive in the sense that it will cause you health problems, and hopefully, the human race do not have to suffer the likes of you any longer.

        June 23, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
      • Hollywood Shithead

        It's too bad that there are negative reactions to your post

        I was thinking Americunts aren't completely stupid, my bad

        June 25, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
    • Laura

      at times the general populace will pay more attention to a 'celebrity' than to a government representative. So, potential blunder or no, Moore and others like her can bring much-needed awareness/light to devastating situations.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • Carol

        I also agree with the other posters who pointed out that Moore has built her entire career selling sex by appearing nude in all of her movies as well as in magazines.

        If you would like to believe that these celebrity escapades are genuine, and not publicity stunts, then great – enjoy the show. I choose not to watch a documentary that involves a celebrity spokesperson.

        June 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • Karen

        This reply is to Carol – the fact that Demi has made her career on sexiness and posing nude is irrelevant. There is a huge difference between someone getting paid to pose nude for a magazine and someone who is kidnapped, drugged, and forced against their will to have sex with people. HUGE difference. You may be right that Demi's motivations are motivated by PR (I personally disagree), but the reality is that this story probably wouldn't be on the front page of CNN and read by millions of people unless she were involved. Even if she is motivated by publicity and greed, who cares? The end result – increasing knowledge about an important subject – is still the same.

        June 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • Ivete

        spot on Karen, i wonder why people complain so much when they have actually done nothing to help. If people just concentrate on the goods maybe this world will be a better place.

        June 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
    • Ryan

      The point to using celebrities to market a cause is that usually the countries that have more money (such as the U.S.) will pay much more attention if someone like Demi Moore is touting an issue than lets say......your typical college credentialed 30 something.

      The point is usually to raise awareness – not to say that the celebrity is an "expert" on the issue.

      June 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • genp

      all youneed to have is be a nice selfless human being

      June 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
    • SomeGuyInNC

      Like it or not, celebrities have taller soapboxes than the rest of us. People notice them, regardless of whether they deserve the attention. Props to Demi Moore for directing that attention to a cause that would otherwise go unreported.

      June 27, 2011 at 9:09 am | Reply
  6. citizenUSA

    Men found guilty of human trafficking and/or having sex with a "slave" need to be castrated in addition to any other punishments.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • JoeCamel

      As should women who commit crimes.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Reply
      • AL

        That is true Joe, ....HOWEVER THE REASON SEX TRAFFICING EXISISTS & REMAINS IS BECAUSE OF MEN. The women who help these men traffic other women are usually abused, threatened & forced to do so themselves. They are really often victims in another way. In 3rd world countries like this one often these women have little to no rights & may not know how to avoid this behaviour. BUT IF MEN EVERYWHERE WOULD CONDUCT THEMSELVES AS CIVILIZIED BEINGS & REFUSE TO PAY FOR SEX (RAPE) WE WOULD NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! It is sick that any man thinks it's ok to have sex with a child, or with a woman who is obviously drugged into submission or who is unhappy or protesting in any way. How pathetic does a man have to be to force himself on an unwilling participant?! SO THANK YOU TO ALL THE GREAT WOMEN WHO RUN ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THIS & THE DECENT INTELLEGENT MEN WHO UNDERSTAND & HELP THE FIGHT. Let us all pray that the many men who do this to women meet a fate far worse than death when their time to be judged comes around. GOD BLESS ALL THE SURVIVORS LIKE TULLI, & MAY YOU FIND SOME SORT OF PEACE IN THE FUTURE.

        June 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • Lise Quinn

        Blame the victim, try the victim, punish the victim, the punishment is death – because the victim brings dishonor for just being a victim. Taliban much Joe?

        June 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • genp

        This reply is for Al, actually many women might be working with these guys that run this kinda crimes for the mere fact of being materialistic and will use the excuse of being abused as well so they can get away from jail. I am a woman myself and I come from a country that human trafficking is a big problem and I know these kind of women they are ruthless, unfortunately they are not seen by the general population as capable for these atrocities as man are even from police but they deserve the same punishment, it's kinda like the Duggard case where the guy got 400 or so yrs in prison but the woman that helped got 30 something and I don't get that, while she was in it the whole time and as guilty as he was

        June 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • KenX

      Demi Moore made a career of sexually provactive movies and set a very poor role model for women. Perhaps she should provide them with some autographed DVDs of "Striptease" and "Casual Sex" to demonstrate how she really believes in the horror of sexualizing modern society.

      Lately she has been quoted as saying "Women exist to crush the egos of men". I find it hard to believe she really has compassion or if she is just exercising her hatred and bitterness.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
      • kburnach

        Your comment is ridiculous. You can be comfortable with sexuality and not agree with young women and children being forced into being a sex slave. Its one thing to be a willing participant in a sexual act and completely another when the person is abducted and forced into it.

        June 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • KenX

      And whose word will you rely on to determined that they were trafficked? And how the customers are supposed to know that.

      The fact is, women today cry about the rights to "thier body" with respect to abortion, but then think the govt should own that same body with respect to prostitution. Doesn't fit.

      Much of what is called forced prostitutuion is BS. It is not forced, but someone making a wilfull, while bad, decision to enter prostitution and then finding a way blame someone else for it later.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
      • Barbara

        KenX: Do you actually know how to read???

        June 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Natat

        Get real! You must be an very lonely, single, old bastard. You really think girls as young as 12-14 are willingly having sex with disgusting, old men up to 20 times a day?? Not even a female porn star would want to have sex 20 times a day, let alone without a condom!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • kburnach

        Oh boy your not very bright are you? Or is it that you don't read well? How about you read the article again and then we can talk?

        June 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Jaime

        @Jesus & KenX:

        I seriously just paused and gave thanks to God that no one like you are in my life at any level.

        Folks, please let's ignore the ignorant awlful remarks by these two (and possibly others) and just celebrate with the world for a moment that there are people like Anuradha Koirala to save these children/women.

        I am a Christian, and the God that I love is a God of love, not a God that would approve of sexual slavery. And do not
        use the bible against me and say that there were slaves in the bible. Yes, apparently there were. And you could not eat pork (says so in the bible), and you could not have sex with your wife during her time of the month (says so in the bible), just give it a break.

        I celebrate Anuradha Koirala, and all the precious lives that she has saved. Thank God.

        June 23, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Katherine

        Straighten up and stop walking on your knuckles, you ignorant, misinformed @$$!

        June 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Umbra

      Too bad they didn't castrate your dad

      June 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
      • W

        I'm glad that there are actual celebrities taking action and changing the world. It is sad that most of them are too concerned with their public image. I'm happy for her!

        June 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  7. Moham Roy

    This is a burning issue in Nepal for decades and decades. It is saddening to learn how these unfortunate plight occur to these innocent women in the rural parts of Nepal. I agree with Capitol punishment for these traffickers – and it is high time this should be implemented. A blind eye is turned by respective Governmental source which lead to shortening many young lives to the wrong hands. I salute to Anuradha Koirala and her non profit organisation for being one bold person to take up to the borders of Nepal and fighting to get these innocent lives a new dream. Well done Anuradha – you will be remembered for generations and generations to come in the many hearts in Nepal

    June 23, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  8. MS

    Try to imagine what power of influence do famous people have on their audience. The face that Demi Moore actually using that influence to do some good in the world is great! There is nothing to judge here. It will inspire much more people to do the same than if either me or you were to do the same, or some random ambassador for that matter. Because even if we had the money we wouldn't have the same influence and publicity. Publicity is what this project needs to get more awareness of the horrible reality and get the support the project needs to provide help to more girls.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  9. Mavvv

    Well lets all adopt some of them like Angelina and save the poor people. Gezzzus....whats next Africa or Jews? There is always going to be slaves and masters. BOW YOUR HEADS..........(quote from Planet of Apes)

    June 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Rossie

      Mavvv-you are an idiot- just wondering if you were born that way or if you had to work at it?

      June 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Reply
      • Barbara

        Rossie- I'm sure MAVV was born that way....he and a few others on this are obviously sick.

        June 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Lise Quinn

      There will always be slaves because there are more people like you – who turn their heads, who say "That is life" , others will do it, etc.. then there are those who would take action. Inaction after knowledge in one of the biggest sins there is. It is how all atrocities are allowed to occur. Turn your head, don't look.
      Human trafficking also happens in the US, it could happen to the teenage girl or boy you know.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • Barbara

      MAVV: You're a sick motherfucker.....

      June 23, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply

      Mavvv. There is a big difference between slaves and masters. This is child molestation and rape. Thanks to all those who are out there in this harsh cruel world trying to make a difference.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  10. james wilde

    Demi Moore and Ashton are seriously unfit to be spokespeople for anything. The visit described here is no big event. The value is coming only from CNN publicity which could have the same effect with Steve-O from Jackass.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      At least they're trying to do something to help, unlike you pin-head, just jerkin online and complaining like a useless moron.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Tulsatim

        Right on Jack. I wonder how many of the masters were watching Demi's movie "Striptease" while in th epresence of their sex slave, all the while imagining she was Demi.

        June 23, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
      • cogitoergosum

        Yes, Jack. Well said.

        June 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • jim

        Bullshlt, Jack, she's trying to help herself. All the good diseases have been taken, so she had to latch on to this as her "cause". You're just too gullible for words!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • Chris

        It doesn't matter if she's trying to help herself.

        Only results matter, and if people are helped by this, then it's a good thing. Pure and simple.

        June 23, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • Mike kerns

        Jack your kind will never understand compassion for the less fortunate do the decent thing and quarantine yourself from society thankxs

        June 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Ramiro

        how does she could be so false? ,she really doesn't care for no one children, she wanna tell the TV I'm still alive ,she was born rich and she never ever go take care for poor people ,

        June 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
    • Martha

      I stopped as soon as I read the name Demi Moore. It's not her specifically but many actors and actresses ooze "self glorification" because they have money and most, not all, have never had to live a day in the shoes of those people who have real hardships but they just "love" to sit in the limelight when it's convenient. How about she go hang out with a bum on the street in downtown New York and ask him how his day went and ask if there's anything she can do for him/her without the cameras rolling and then we'll talk. How about we give them a front page article without the pretty landscape pictures. No, it always has to be about some exotic foreign country where we need to feel pity for those abroad instead of those who are right in front of our faces.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
      • Xander

        Uhm...I'm pretty sure that the bums on the streets of NYC aren't getting raped by 20 men a day. It would be nice to help everyone, but C'mon. A little perspective here.

        June 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
      • tangman

        So guys, if not Demi or Angelina then Who? Who can you think of who is qualified to do two important things: Treat the issue and Raise awareness? You can't answer that because there is no one. So, someone is famous they should not be allowed to become involved in this story?

        I too generally meet these stories with a certain mix of suspicion and sometimes Envy as well, for the travel and the fame involved, but that's Me (and perhaps what I'm sensing in some of You) and it's cheap and it's crap, and it's personal baggage. I know that. But from the perspective of someone enslaved for sex, all this talk about whether or not Demi Moore is 'good enough' to help out in some way is hogwash. Any person kind enough and generous enough to be involved in this story is almost by definition Good enough to be there. Most of Us would be good enough, I bet. But whose awareness would We raise?

        I agree with the folks whose sensibilities are shocked into demanding serious punishments. Human trafficers should forfeit their lives. Personally I'd like to see them be forced to have sex 20 times a day for a few years - preferably administered by a very large unlubricated machine rather than scar more humans over this. I'd seriously consider the same treatment for those who buy time with these girls - There's no argument I find acceptable which any man could use as an excuse. "I didn't know she was too young." "I didn't know she was engaged in this unwillingly." Bull. Off with his fookin' head.

        June 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • mblitzer

        So quick to judge, but when is the last time you stopped your day to spend time with a bum in NYC or anywhere else for that matter? When is the last time you volunteered at a hospital or spent time with the elderly? Not because you have a parent or grandparent there, but because there are thousands of seniors who sit alone for years. When is the last time you joined a local charity, organized an event, helped in any form to change your local goverment? Dude, I'm not a huge fan of how the majority of the elite in America and/or mainly Hollywood/Wall Street live their lives, but seriously – who are you or who am I to tell anyone how and where to donate their time and their money and to what cause? Putting Demi's face to this story is a wonderful thing to bring attention to the problem. Don't hate her because she made it big and don't hate her because she chooses to spend time in a foreign country rather than in NYC. Hate to say it, but our poor have it made compared to most of the rest of the world. And btw, she also oversees an organization right here in the US of A so you can go to sleep happy tonight. Kudos to Demi and to any other person of wealth and power who gives back in whatever way they see fit. Now...hows about you head on out and help that bum?

        June 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • Barbara

        Ya know Martha, what difference does it make if actors or people with money step up and actually do something constructive? Whatever it takes to end human suffering. Is that that tough to understand?

        June 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
      • chic

        Well said Martha. I work in a shelter for battered and abused women right here in New Jersey. Demi and all her ilk can go to hell. The minute all Americans have her cash and horrible, ungodly, outrageous crimes are elimated here I will be more than willing to give a rats ass about Nepal! Ever deal with a child that has been passed around at a crack party? I have. Ever see a woman and her child nearly unrecognizeable from the wounds of a hammer. You do not need to go to Nepal to find slavery and degradation and I doubt the people of Nepal contributed to her financial status. How about bringing to light the number of children who die from starvation in our inner cities while our Govenor looks like the "true" poster child for man vs food. Its her right , her money and her time. And to the clown who mentions she lives in Idaho you make it sound like she lives the life of the Waltons. She owns an entire city. Call me when her address is a hut in Nepal or Christie weighs in at 200...which ever comes first. You jerks need to take the rose colored glasses off. I prefer celebs or billionaires that contribute here first and foremost. You all continue to gush over Demi I have broken lives and bodies right here to deal with.

        June 26, 2011 at 9:50 am |
    • rab

      James, no big event huh? what can be anything bigger than playing with human life and trading innocent people from one border to another? may be making money to get drugs every weekend may be big event for people like you....

      June 27, 2011 at 12:45 am | Reply
  11. Tej Pandita

    Brothel houses need to be closed immediately.
    Those who are found to take part in adultery should be financially penalized.
    Those who take part in women traficking should be sent to fined and sent behind the bars.
    Educational programs should be launched to make the people know what are the disadvantages os illegal trafickiing.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • Dustin

      People need to quit hating on Demi Moore, her fame is allowing her to bring this issue to the attention of America which en mass has a sub-standard knowledge of the world beyond the border (and in the border for that matter). Maybe this can start an organization to help the victims of this horrible crime from our end of the pond or support the current one working to stop this over in Nepal/India

      June 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  12. lisa

    Demi Moore is a joke! She posses nude when pregnant for God sake! She makes money off her exploiting her body! She sickens me!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • tk

      Somebody sounds jealous.

      June 23, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Reply
    • das272

      @ lisa - Spoken like a true drama queen. Demi rocks!

      June 27, 2011 at 7:10 am | Reply
  13. forum

    I can't fathom that Demi moore thinks that she is in a better position than those poor girls..

    Demi moore is in worse position than these girls..Didn't Demi moore sell her body & soul by baring it all in movies for money??

    June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  14. amy_d

    How very interesting that Tulli's client" help make the call to her family. Perhaps Maiti Nepal should also educate and target these clients – where there is no demand, there is no business for sex slaves.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  15. Stu

    The only way to stop human trafficking is too get involved like Demi Moore, and speak out about it. The ones who do not talk about this are only helping the traffickers. This could end, but it needs people to help find these brothels and close them down. One way too stop the traffickers is too have tough sentences like castration, and 25 years to life, and the death penalty in some cases. But as long as there is money involved this will be going on for some time to come.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • kulidiculpri

      The only way to stop human trafficking is to make money off the criminals.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  16. helpfreeslavery

    Brought tears to my eyes when I saw the last picture of Tulli reunited with her daughter and parents. Every day, we are involved in our own lives that we fail to see what is happening all around us. Thank you Demi for creating awareness..for those of you who do not like her and have made such comments, try going there yourselves and helping out instead of criticizing. Any help will make this world a better place.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Kathy


      June 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  17. lisa

    All those poor girls need is Demi for a role model! Right!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • ashim

      Still not satisfied with the criticism above? let me shut your mouth. In nepal Nobody knows who demi moore is because very least people watches english movies or interested in hollywood celebrity. Nobody cares if she is actress or hooker(ur term) or a selfish mother. She is social worker and very good person in the eyes of those rescued girl who wanted their voice to be heard. I am sure if you were in place of demi moore you were having retire life in the bench of church saying " please help those girls" instead of being on the ground and giving hand. you are just acting as if she has stolen away your husband and your life.

      June 27, 2011 at 1:20 am | Reply
  18. WMPHX

    Being stuck with Demi Moore for a day, hasnt this Nepal woman been through enough ?

    June 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  19. lisa

    Demi as a role model! hahaha yeah right!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  20. Wasted1

    Being human does not assure decency.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  21. Tulsatim

    I suppose Demi could renounce all her movies that played off her skin and give her royalty stream to the cause. That would make a statement. No telling how many of the masters watch her Striptease movie with their sex slaves. I am not perfect by any means but I for one am sick of these celebreties making a fortune with crappy movies that pander to the sexual nature and then get off trying to tell us all how to live.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  22. lisa

    Role model Demi Moore teaches former sex slaves how to make a million!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • Natat

      Lisa, do you even know how to read? Get your head of your butt! The article I read does not say a thing about Demi Moore being a role model, and no where does it says she thinks of herself as one. All she is doing is using her expendable bank account and fame for some good in the world and helping these unfortunate women and children.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  23. Annexian


    Could we get our own hot little Nepalese S-x slaves?
    That we could make work as a maid in between fun times?

    Seriously, though, this is pointless "Fluff" by CNN.

    How about constantly shadowing the "Banksters" before say they "Crash the price of Gold" but then maybe you are HOPING for it, that then you can watch the right wing nutback suckers (their clients for "Buy Gold") go postal.

    Really, trafficking is awful -and- if we don't mind our own house it'll soon be foreign s– tourists trafficking OUR daughters!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • David

      middle finger for you.

      June 27, 2011 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • dave

      How about making your own sister or mother? may be you are already satified with them......

      June 27, 2011 at 1:26 am | Reply
  24. Sherri

    I'm glad that this girl has a family that is glad to have her back home. But what about the other girls whose families sell them into slavery? Where are they going to go? Who is going to care for them and beg for their freedom? Please, forget that this article even has Demi Moore's name in it! Focus instead on how these poor girls can be helped and what can be done to prevent it from happening to even one more child!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Lise Quinn

      The people here don't give a rat's a#s about the girls (AND BOYS) sold into slavery, they just want to bash Demi. Thank goodness that she's doing something because like most people here, most won't.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  25. zaglossus

    Unfortunately the only way you can get a lot of people to click on a story like this is to put a movie star in it.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Name*jsoulj

      My sister is currently in Nepal for 6 weeks to help prevent the sex trafficking and aid the local orphanages... its awesome that I find this the day after.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  26. lisa

    I just wonder how many under weight babies were born sick and died because their mothers wanted to look as good as Demi did possing nude when she was pregant! where was her leadership quality then?

    June 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • Lise Quinn

      Jealous much? Her babies weren't unhealthy. Why is looking healthy while pregnant – and she did – not a leadership quality? Part of her health and weight is because she was in excellent shape BEFORE she go pregnant. Yep, it's a disgrace for her to be healthy, attractive, etc when you're not.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • tangman

      Lisa you're a nut. There are apparently 12,000 girls & young women a year kidnapped in Nepal alone and you're concerned about Demi Moore's film career. Are you seriously that jaded? How does anyone get through to a person like you when you're focused on all the inconsequentials? This is Exactly why CNN chose to involve *mom* Demi Moore in this, to try to get through to not-so-serious-minded twinkies such as yourself.

      I changed my mind: You're not a nut. You're the label on food that says "May contain traces of nuts."

      I picture this: A tornado crushes Joplin Missouri, you watch the footage, and you write in to complain about the tasteless garden gnome you spotted in the wreckage of some family's home.

      June 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • mblitzer

      Really? Now she's responsible for the worlds underweight babies, too? Wow, the all powerful Demi! Look, nobody is perfect and to judge someone because they are beautiful is just plain silly. To all the posters who are judging her for her movie choices–yeah, she's no Mother Theresa, but live and learn people. Before you crucify her, take a good look at yourself. How many abused children have you saved lately?

      June 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • authorsnote

      Lisa, you win today's prize for the stupidest question posed. Can't figure out whether it comes from jealousy or defective brain implants, but it is truly dumb.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
      • Natat

        Couldn't agree more!!

        June 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • mani

      Demi did not tell or made anyone loose wgt or kill their babies, rather i think the women who killed their baby are foolish, selfish and not living in the reality of their ownself....if demi can be slim and preggo ...that is her thing, would all women do the same had she been the other way round? no .....so shame on those moms who thought they should maintain their figure and kill their babies......

      June 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  27. Kathy

    Thank you CNN and all those involved for sharing this heartbreaking story. More defintely needs to be done to stop the trafficking, but thank you, Anuradha Koirala, for helping those you can. God bless!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  28. Dawgpound

    I used to think prostitution was mostly a victimless crime. After learning more about sexual slavery, it is clear to me we HAVE to redirect our resources (financial and political) from the war on drugs to the war on human trafficking. Not concerned with pot or coke heads. Much more important thing to do to make the world safer and better.

    I have no problem with the concept of prostitution assuming the prostitute is participation is completely volunteerly. Sadly, it appears this is rarely the case.

    I am a well educated person and i was completely unaware of this issue. If you educate the Johns, i suspect you could make a major impact in reducing the demand.

    I for one will NEVER visit a prostitute. Never have done it, but i wasnt necessarily against the idea of it until i learned more about it. Not worth the likihood that the woman is trafficked. Will just have to reduce my personal criteria standards on my targeted sexual partner. Not that i ever envision that happening as i am happily married.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  29. Steve

    She rescued Aston from all capable women his age!!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  30. rose nyeland

    A 'stripteaser' supporting women's rights? Demi's stripping supports just the opposite – sexist, letch behaavior, real nice role model for the sexually abused. Hey! Maybe lindsey lohan can join the effort and teach them how to drive drunk!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
    • sicknd

      lol, i liked demi moore more in strip tease myself

      June 23, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  31. lisa

    Demi Moore is a very poor role model! I wonder just how many women gave birth to under weight babies after Demi possed nude while pregnant!

    June 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • rab

      still not saitsfied from the criticism above? or just trying to get at least one supporter?

      June 27, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
  32. Sarah

    For the people trashing Demi Moore (sp?) for "using" her celebrity to make herself look better or whatever I say this. Even IF your premise is correct and she is as calculating a person as you seem to think she is, that would still make her a much more useful and caring celebrity than 90% of the other ones out there. I don't see how using her name and noteriety to bring attention to a cause and a group of volunteers that could really use some help and attention is a bad thing. Frankly, she didn't HAVE to do it. She's rich, and she's already famous, so those of you implying she did it for selfish reasons to make herself look better aren't really thinking rationally. She ALREADY looks fine, there is no reason she'd need to do this to improve her image.
    Plus, do you honestly think this trip she took was a walk in the park? I don't know about you, but I don't spend my vacation time listening to stories about people being raped 20 times a day, do you? I don't spend my vacation time wandering around poverty stricken villages in the middle of nowhere, where there probably isn't a decent toilet for 200 miles. Do you?
    Fact is, maybe we should. To whom much is given much is required.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  33. Sczkzer

    Too many people do nothing because they think their effort is to small to make a difference, and the problem to huge to be eradicated.

    If you've read this story, and think it a heartbreaking story, then go and donate $ to Maiti Nepal. Even $1 can make a difference.

    June 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  34. WhoYou

    Damn, I thought this was about a sequel to that Stripper movie she made . . .

    June 23, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  35. KenX

    News is getting slow. CNN was beating the drums on this before Osama Bin Laden was killed. They dropped that for the big news. Now they come back to it as filler.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  36. Catherine

    I’m not really into the whole celebrity thing but I love Demi Moore for this and have so much respect for her.. I would love to thank her for bringing more attention to an issue thats been in existence for so very long, and in this day and age it’s unbelievable that it is still so rampant in all the world….Being such a recognizable person and the fact the she could easily just do her celebrity thing happily, but is choosing to save lives gives me hope for all these disadvantaged people. If more people like Demi and regular people like myself would become more involved we can really change things…One peron at a time..My heart breaks whenever I read the stories..

    June 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  37. KenX

    Demi Moore made a career of sexually provactive movies and set a very poor role model for women. Perhaps she should provide them with some autographed DVDs of "Striptease" and "Casual Sex" to demonstrate how she really believes in the horror of sexualizing modern society.

    Lately she has been quoted as saying "Women exist to crush the egos of men". I find it hard to believe she really has compassion or if she is just exercising her hatred and bitterness.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  38. authorsnote

    The posters on this board that disparage people like Demi Moore and Angelina Jolie are as ignorant as they could possibly be. They can't see outside their tiny, keyboard-driven worlds and accept that artists can do constructive and benevolent things outside their spheres. These actors don't need credentials, God knows we have enough so-called experts out there already–and they don't do these things for photo-ops or self-promotion. Unlike the fools who sit on their hineys and complain, they are trying to help, to shed light on enormous problems and bring some solutions and hope. So . . .if you can't say something good, don't say squat!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • Catherine

      agree completely ❤

      June 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  39. kuuipo

    I think what Demi Moore is doing to help these victims is a blessing! this has nothing to do with how well she acts or dont act or who her husband is or even what kinds of movies shes made! this is about her using her time, effort and money to help these women and sadly children not to be abused sexually, mentally or physically and to be seperated from families is very heartwrenching. so to the rest of you morons who only know how to complain and critisize obviously you have no good bone in your bodies!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  40. mumsdaword

    For all the Demi bashers:

    Hello!!! She runs her own foundation – The DNA foundation. This organization looks to stop trafficking in the U.S. Read the article. She was there to see how Maiti Nepal works to see if any of their methods could be adapted for her organization.

    For Pete's sake... learn to actually read the article before you comment!!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  41. BrettF

    It is a nice story for CNN but does it end there? What is life after for Tulli in this turf home and poor village? What has shee been given to start a new?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Reply
    • Sarah

      I'm not sure that's relevant. Hasn't the volunteer organization already done more than enough just rescuing her and rehabilitating her? Just the fact that she was lucky enough to return home to her daughter and family is a HUGE gift. In the face of such a huge problem, where this group only has the resources to rescue a tiny fraction of the people who are trafficked, I think what they've already done for her is more than enough. The rest is up to her. If more people got involved, financially and otherwise, maybe the group would have enough resources to do more.

      June 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  42. mblitzer

    To all of you bashing the celebrities for putting their faces in these stories – seriously? Get over yourselves and go do something good for someone else rather than bashing anyone else who does. Thank God for people who take the time out of their lives to learn about these issues, fund causes, organize groups, and oh, I don't know, bring attention to worthy causes because of their...celebrity. Next time you see a "bum" on the street, I dare you to get involved in helping get him back on track, feed a homeless person, rescue and abused child, visit the sick, write a check. So Demi hasn't picked the best movies so far as being a role model for women–she never claimed to be a role model. And she's also not responsible for your underweight baby or your eating disorder. I'm betting most of you out there haven't led perfect lives either. Darn that Demi for helping to rescue sex slaves, why can't she start her own reality show exploiting lazy, greedy average Joes instead?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • BrettF

      I like everything you said except the part that said "rescue and abused child".

      June 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  43. creekjim

    i think it is great that CNN has highlighted this horrible plight. i've had the good fortune to travel throughout nepal on numerous occasions and it was brought to my attention last year how nepalese women get abducted into india. i met two nepalese videographers who were trying to film a documentary about the situation. they were desperate for money and attention to bring awareness to the world that their women were being kidnapped and abused. glad to see that their work and the work of this CNN hero haven't gone unnoticed.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  44. Dawgpound

    While the topic of human trafficking is sickening, the posts here possibly make me even sicker. Attacking Demi for not being a role model is wrong. We need more people donating there time, energy, and resources for this massive issue.

    Yes, Demi made some sexually charged movies and also took some photos. But this issue is about slavery. Demi might be guilty of being a financial whore. But that choice was completely hers.

    That is the issue here.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  45. jim

    Did she bring her son?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Reply
  46. annagill


    June 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • RH

      I salute you for fighting a good fight. Good Luck on your project !!

      June 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply

    does every hollywood idiot think they can save the world...how can these people in nepal in the 21st century still pray
    to cows and have them live right in their houses with them..can't possibly amagine the odors that eminate from their

    June 23, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Reply
    • authorsnote

      And I thought Lisa's posts were stupid. I have been in Nepal on two different occasions and found the people to be some of the kindest, most caring, I had ever met in my travels. You sit in judgement from behind your keyboard, and do so without any experience at all. You seriously need to get your own house together, pal. Actors, musicians, and artists deserve praise for these kinds of works.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
    • Dustin

      You know you need to learn to understand and be more open minded-and what your Christian? Look at your religion, or all religion for that matter-its all stolen from previous religions. 10 commandments? Look at Hammurabis code, Christmas? Set up on the solstice not Christs birthday because of Paganism and to help convert and settle unrest-your religion was contrived from politics, power, and corruption. Don't act like your shit doesn't stink

      June 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  48. RH

    Unbelievable... people start judging the actress, Demi Moore who tried to help out. C'mon people...regardless of what movies she made. She did something good. Stop complaining about the details. Many people complain, Many feel sorry, and only a few really do something about it. Bless those who help out and do something for the greater good.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  49. Grateful1

    Thanks Demi for caring about those who are less fortunate. I recently read an article in the June 2011 issue of National Geographic about child brides. Some children as young as 6 being married off to men age 25 and above!! WTH!! A girl 10 who is "married" to a 50 year old. She cries everyday for her family. The sexual exploitation of children must stop!

    June 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  50. Shawn in Frisco

    Wow. Lets return these children to their parents. I guess some of you don't realize that the parents are in most cases the ones that sold their children in the first place. We Americans think we have it all figured out. We give ourselves a pat on the back and mess up the situation more. If you truly care adopt them, better then giving them false hope. Demi Moore is thinking that she cares but not enough to go to each child and personally give them a home. The real hero's are those people. Demi is just someone with a lot of money that wants to do something good for media exposure. I mean you have millions of dollars but the best you can do is partner with someone else who actually does care to make it seem like you do. True Hero's do the right thing. True Hero's don't need media exposure. Probably half of the people who read this crap don't take good care of their own children.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • tangman

      Shawn you're brilliant. You alone, among all other Americans, have it figured out:

      We Can't Do Anything So Why Bother, And Besides Nobody Else is Any Good Anyway.

      All the rich people are bad. All the Nepalese are bad. All literate people are bad. So. Good: You can continue doing nothing (like... Think... or Care) because clearly you have logically proven that it's not worth doing Any Thing unless you can adopt the entire nation and bring them home.

      It would be fun to cross you with Lisa to see what color dust bunnies result.

      Bah! You're depressed - go have an ice cream.

      June 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  51. amazed

    Why are any of you spending one moment making this story about Demi Moore? Maybe you should start at the beginning and read it again. It is about heartbreaking tragedy, occurring every day with no end in sight. It is about needing help from the outside world to try and stop the futures of the innocent being ruined. It is about people, any people, in any way possible doing something to help stop the heartbreaking cycle that is taking place. No cause is about any one person, but the difference can be made one person at a time.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  52. Mike kerns

    Simple shoot any scumbag that traffic's any child.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  53. Michelle

    How come they don't say GIRLS and WOMEN and they just say women in the article..These are BABIES for the most part when they are thrown into this..many of them are still kids.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  54. zzzz

    Anuradha Koirala is a brave woman. She won CNN heroes.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  55. colby

    thanks for making these stories a priority cnn!

    June 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
  56. LEB

    "They work with border guards trying to stop women being taken across the border, and in India’s red light districts rescuing women from prostitution, and in Nepal’s villages educating girls about the dangers."

    How about working with Indian men to not, you know, rape little girls and visit prostitutes? This will not end until the male population stops creating a market for exploited and enslaved women.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  57. Popps

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT – dont forget to spay and neuter third world citizens. All they care about is reproducing without any concern about population growth explosion. Reminds me of an Indian with 12 kids and he has to work 18 hours a day. Boooohooooo. Stop having kids unless you are completely financially stable. Neuter 3rd world kids.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  58. James

    Typical Hollywood......got a problem with sex trafficking right here in the US but that would not be as glamorous as going to Nepal or India and being spiritual......and you watch the word spiritual will work its way into her interviews when she gets back, lol.

    June 23, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  59. Ed Peterson

    numerology for Demi Moore (CNN Freedom Project):


    June 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  60. carrazedo

    What do you call the case of a 67 years old American guy "engaged" to a 19 y.o. philippine girl ? Luck ? Charity ? The wedding is due in Ferbruary 2012. Philippines is the new paradise of old American guys, prices are low, flesh is cheap, human merchandise for all tastes.

    June 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      It is an agreement between two consenting adults. Why would you try and impose your self righteous morals and values upon others? This is called oppression. What happens between two consenting adults is their own business and you, and people like you should keep your nose out of other peoples' business and worry about your own lives.

      June 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Reply
      • carrazedo

        It is a matter of sanitation, not moral. But if you prefer, I think, and that is my right either you like it or not, it is IMMORAL and sickining to take advantage of the poverty and ignorancy of young women who do not have much choice to satisfy billy goats's basic instincts.

        June 24, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  61. Dismayed By Comments

    What is wrong with half of you people that posted on this article????? The slave trafficking of women or men for any purpose is terrible. I don't care what your personal beliefs are, whether you are a Christian, Aetheist, Hindu, bigot, regular jerk or Buddhist. Mercy and compassion are attributes anyone should have. MERCY PEOPLE!!! What is wrong with simply being helpful and kind to another person?? Does it really matter their poverty level, diseases, whether or not they breed 15 children and cannot feed them, or if they work at Home Depot or WalMart? Who are we to judge them?? Please do not quote the Bible if you're an idiot. It makes it hard for someone who tries to be a compassionate and open minded Chrisitan believable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
    • Umbra

      I think owning a slave is ok, so what about freedom of speech?

      June 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • Irene

        Umbra what planet did you come from?Why would you say owning a slave is ok?What freedom of speech are you looking for?

        June 25, 2011 at 4:23 am |
    • Jeff

      Which half do you believe has something wrong with them and who are you to determine this?

      June 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Reply
  62. JimBob

    She shouldn't be visiting sex slaves. Why isn't she being arrested and prosecuted? JimBob met one lady of the evening and he was put in jail for the weekend, then his lady punched out his front tooth.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  63. Oyster

    I feel bad for the sex slaves. They have to stand there, staring at Demi Moore's face and capped teeth and fake tits, and then get lectured about self respect. Still, her role as concerned Hollywood celebrity is the best acting she's ever done.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  64. Jeff

    I do not doubt that there are women who are forced by people other than their families to work as a sex slave. This is despicable. However, there are many, many women who enter the "trade" or are sold into the trade by their families and as for the previous, I have no sympathies or really compassion as they have made a choice. As for the latter, I have sympathy for the women and despise their families. If women choose this "career" to make easy money, let them wallow in the filth surrounding their choice and stop feeling sorry for them. It is only the children and those who were forced by their families we should show compassion for.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  65. Informer

    CNN Freedom project when are you going to confront the slave practice of Alimony in the United States of America? This crime is forced upon it's victims by gunpoint. It is virtually inescapable. Some of the sympathizers say it is a man's choice to get married, therefore they are justified in being forced into this slavery at the end of a marriage if they studied hard in school and have the capability of earning money. That is like saying a woman who agrees to go out on a date is justified in being raped at the end of the date.

    June 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • Jeff

      This is a very good point and to add to this.......why do people in the west have this taboo of self denial when it comes to sex, prostitution and two adults doing something agreeable between them. I am from the west and I used to be conditioned that paying for sex was wrong. But just what is paying for sex? ALL western females who do not pay for half of their date and/or household living expenses are by definition, prostitutes. The only difference is that you have been conditioned to accept the cloak of it is ok because....... There is no difference between paying for it up front (which is actually better and far less complicated) and going out on a date and , getting a free dinner, drinks and movie before retiring home to reward your "john", except in the minds of those who are in denial because they can't look at something objectively. Women, until you can and do pay for your own lives, you are all prostitutes by definition. Think about it, really, really think about it. In conclusion there is also something quite alive called matrimonial prostitution.....for those women who marry into money seeking a better life at the expense of their "john".

      June 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  66. Sean Yim

    Yes it is good that celebrities like Demi Moore bring this problem to the attention of the world. But I would like to see more of them putting their money where their mouth is. I once calculated that if the 10,000 richest people in the world donated only 10% of their existing wealth plus 10% of their income for the next 10 years, every poor child in the world could be feed, housed, educated and treated for preventable disease. Poverty is the main cause of slavery as so many kids are sold or sent by their parents into the sex trade. Make it the richest 100,000 people in the world and there would be no more poverty and slavery would be closer to being a thing of the past. Will the most privileged ever volunteer to eliminate this curse? Since living in palaces, wearing designer clothes and driving expensive cars is so critical to their existence, I doubt it.

    June 23, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply
  67. aqui3

    Demi moore is disgusting

    June 24, 2011 at 4:57 am | Reply
    • Paul

      Very constructive statement.

      June 24, 2011 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • das272

      Demi Moore is fabulous!

      June 27, 2011 at 7:21 am | Reply
  68. Mikhael

    Every person has right to live with freedom and dignity, and I think it's up to the Nepal's government to stop traffickers, and to stop the families that sell their childern's for sex, and educate more people.

    June 24, 2011 at 7:13 am | Reply
  69. Paul

    Thank you, Demi. Glad to see someone who is known is bring attention to this. I am grateful, and many un-named people are grateful.

    June 24, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  70. Dr.Teshaun84

    The way i see it is that we as in the "American People" are under modern day slavery. For example, why is it so hard for us to get jobs black folks specifically?, why is the dropout rate has spicked up dramatically over the past decade, why praying in schools not in effect anymore, and the list goes on, but im saying is that if we don't allow God and Jesus to take over our situation as a whole specifically the earth, then history is gonna continue to repeat itself, and before long things are gonna go into law that we know as Christians know aint right. So with that being said, if we don't do nothing to break this ongoing cycle then we gonna continue to be in the same situation that we in now.

    June 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  71. AT2010

    Thanks to Demi Moore for initiating such a Noble work. Nepal is being ruined by the atrocities of communists & the ISI of Pakistan.

    June 24, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  72. Irene

    I just want to thank Demi Moore for the good work that she is doing.I was once a victim myself so i know first hand how it feels,So my heart goes out to all those children and women.

    June 25, 2011 at 4:20 am | Reply
  73. Sauruv

    to everyone, why you even have to comment back to dumbs!!!!!!!
    they are fool and likes to fool everyone around!
    We know who we are and what we are capable of!
    Jai Nepal

    June 25, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
  74. ssg


    June 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Reply
  75. Medya Commentator

    About The Selling of Daughters in the Bible.
    That was said in 1 Timothy 2:12 and Exo.21:7 and god justify for a child to get married if the child or the partner can afford it just to avoid fornication bec. some were matured in their early age like Lina Media pregnated when she was 5 years old and Bobby Fischer beat men in chess and become rich in his early age.
    The price is right bec. the food and shelter for her are for the buyers expense. That's better than parents leave their child in the street bec. they couldn't afford it. That's not Islam to kill her without reason. I think they should have licence midwife to help her to insure it's safety. If you think you can care the child better than the buyer then buy her.
    Moses law was also design to remember not to do the things that Adam and Eve did which they fall from paradise to tribulation.
    Rich people usually in Saudi, America, and others will not do that but poor people like in Afghanistan, India, and others usually sell their children bec. they could not feed them.See More
    If you well stop the slave buyers then no their daughters will not be sold and they'll dying hungry, and there's possibility they will become prostitute. What those people who want to help can do about this is either to buy slaves and set them free, give money to parents in order they will not sell their children bec. they could not afford to feed them, give money to fathers who already sold their daughter as long as they not yet married to their masters so that they can redeem them or adopt them in honest way not to let them call them as parents as what Jesus said Matt. 23:9.
    They don't like to buy male slaves bec. according to Exo. 21 that they will be free after 6 years.

    June 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
  76. ustam manandhar

    i found this an much interesting issue and topic to be board cast world wide.........its not about the particular girls and particular nation its the challenging situation that every developing countries facing .............i hope this documentary might boost awareness in the world ...........and hats off to the efforts made by rescuers and the victim and entire humanitarian personnel...........

    June 26, 2011 at 3:36 am | Reply
  77. DC

    I'd love to be Demi Moore's sex slave.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:30 am | Reply
  78. About slavery, the USA, and this comment column ...

    Despite the US Constitution guaranteeing freedom for all men and women, it took a civil war in the US nearly one hundred years later before it was formally abolished in the US. And it took another 100 years before it began to be abolished in real terms. The role that slavery has played in the history of the US is one of the most shameful aspects of the American people. It continued nearly to this day in the US. And the US supported the former apartheid system in South Africa almost into the 1990s.

    This said, most of the comments in this column is – more than anything – a strong argument against opening up for such comments – unless there is some moderator that cuts out the irrelevant, provocative and insulting remarks that many of the "contributors" here have come up with.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:35 am | Reply
  79. Freedom

    Hats off to CNN for initiating this Freedom Project, to help end this trafficking and slavery. And to Demi Moore, for her contribution. It is one of the most praiseworthy initiatives any media organization has undertaken. Wishing you all the best of luck and success in this great endeavour.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply
  80. Suzan Ankoyan

    My appreciation to CNN for using a dialogue about the Freedom Project. No women or girls shoul go through this torture. This is a torture! We are human beings and we should be treated as such. Criminals, men who buy women should be arrested and dealt with immediately. These criminal acts are wrong and against the act of God. When we trust in God, we have respect towards each other and peace. To steal little girls, hold them hostage, and use their mothers as victims is wrong and it should be stopped. To watch the little girl crying and not recognizing her mother broke my heart. This is what happens when we are away from God. We should pray and have faith and help one another. We should intercede to Mother Theresa and ask her to help the young women that have suffered in this agonizing pain and torture. Mother Theresa gave up her life helping people; therefore, we should follow her examples and help each other in any way we can.

    My sincere appreciation to Demi Moore for she has taken a special role in speaking up about this issue and helping the young women in Nepal.

    God Bless, Suzan.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:22 am | Reply
  81. Bibi

    I have lived in a small, rural but touristy town in Nepal for 10 years. Although it does happen that girls are drugged, lured or duped into being trafficked to India- more often girls are willingly sold by their family & trafficked by a relative. The girls that are willingly sold by their family are quite young, usually 7 to 12 years old. This has been the culture of several Nepali ethnic groups for 100's of years. Sadly the families that have sold their girls don't want them back, yet another mouth too many to feed.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:35 am | Reply
  82. Lynette

    United For One Cause

    I scream but you turn a blind eye
    To you I mean nothing, even though I look just like you
    Who am I? I am anyone you see on the street
    I suffer in silence, too ashamed to even speak

    I cry but my cries are not heard
    I pray every day for it all to be over
    I endure the pain nonetheless

    I am tired and I am scared
    I am just a child
    But to you I mean nothing

    My life has no meaning anymore
    My soul is broken beyond repair
    My body...... my body is no longer my own
    I lost control of it a long time ago
    Even with all the pain that I’ve endured

    I still hope that someone
    Somewhere will save me
    That this madness will end

    Is it you? Have you come to rescue me?
    I am just a child.... Will you still love me when I am free?

    June 26, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • cedrick

      I like your poem Lynette. Can I shard it?

      June 26, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • dirar

      I can hear your helpless cries,Lynette because you not weeping in some dark,far off corner of the world-your burning tears are falling on my heart, and I feel their heat and wetness in my helplessness-a helplessness which makes your tears even hotter

      June 26, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
  83. cedrick

    One of the reasons the world is in shambles is because even in trivial matters, we quarrel. Even when good deeds are done with good intention, some people make issues out of it.
    I see nothing worng with Demi Moore lending her hand in this noble project. Let those without sin cast the first stone.
    I really appreciate what people like Demi and Anuradha are doing for these hapless people. One of these children could be my child. Or my sister. Or my friend.
    If only I have the means to help the Project. Someday, when my obligation to my family is fulfilled, I will work in a Charitable Institution or Foundation which help the unfortunate people.
    Thank you Demi. Thank you Anuradha. Thank you CNN.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
  84. Subass Gauli

    Really, really
    great job. i just love it. the emotional expression really touch us.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:45 am | Reply
  85. Indra

    Mrs Koirala is doing excellent job for the exploited women. Hats off to you. And many thanks to CNN.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:53 am | Reply
  86. dirar

    Being an Indian myself,I'm ashamed of the practice of prostitution in the so-called red streets in Bumbai.May God strengthen the hands of Anuradha Koirala and her team,and I have an earnest wish that more organizations like Maiti Nepal come into being in Nepal and India itself to combat women-trafficking

    June 26, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
  87. Canadian Soul - French Canadian

    It is very sad to see all these negative and inappropriate comments. It is about the sex slavery and how some people choose to help. I read most of the comments and I was dissapoint to see these thinking are coming from the educated people. It is SHAME.

    If your life is bitter, do something about it – instead – do not make those insulting comments.

    Most people commented on this topic, do not even know where Nepal located on the map.

    There is a beautiful world out of America. Go out and see what this world has to offer. Their religion might be different, might speak different languages, their skin color might be different, they might unusual food – but it does not make them any worse than you.

    We should support those people are trying make different in this world.

    Whether it is a Jesus, Allah, Shiva, Buddha – all will support to help the people who needs help.

    Go out there help your neighbour... travel abroad... Do not just stay in those all-inclusive mexican resorts...

    June 26, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
  88. waqar

    Mrs Koirala is doing excellent work. God Bless her.
    This is just one aspect of "Shining India". western media can find and bring up lots of these ailments and stories about "Shining India"once they have little bit time left from stories always insulting their Banker (i.e. China) and the Great and Peaceful religion of Islam. Thanks.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
  89. mike

    How is it the Demi Moore is like 80 and still absolutely gorgeous?

    June 26, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
  90. solution

    Buying/Selling children for slavery is the most horrible crime I can think of – it should carry the most severe punishment. The criminalisation of prostitution is the single biggest reason for this abuse of children. If the general men population weren't sex starved and the women had the legal right to get paid for sex – this whole problem would go away.

    The line between the pleasurable act of sex/love-making and the horrendous act of sex/slavery has been blurred by the stupid acts high priests of social justice. This needs to be fixed, by decriminalization of prostitution and letting women do what they want to do – this needs to be accompanied by extreme penalties for forcible sex/slavery and sex-trafficking of children. With in a short period the general public will adapt to the optimum middle ground – women will be allowed to do what they want, men won't be sex starved and the sex-trafficking business won't exist because there won;t be a market for it.

    June 26, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
  91. dirar

    The world as a whole needs to wage a cross war against prostitution-nothing less will do

    June 26, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
    • solution

      i understand your emotions – but a war is not going to fix it. this a problem created by mankind and little girls in nepal ( and other countries ) have to suffer through the consequences. we need to fix the fundamental problem.

      June 26, 2011 at 11:06 am | Reply
      • jknhbgk,


        June 26, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
  92. Sun

    They are true heroes

    June 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
  93. Jake

    Accepting certain things does not mean it is right. I would say that Demi Moore is extremely abusive in public daylight. She has robbed Ashton Kutcher. of his youth. I cant see how she can try to create an image as savior of the abused. I think this is pure comedy. Americas wake up and laugh at the irony.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  94. nepali ko choro

    "sophisticated Americans" making sophisticated comments, what the hell u know beside a government paycheck, lottery, some game wraps, 6 pack and surrounded by hispanics with their food called burritos and your parents getting divorced when you were born just because your mother slept with stranger when she was pregnant? Why can't you give a respect to a person who has given her life to save these kid's lives? Trust me If CNN had a front page article saying demi moore saving some white kids lives in US, you would have loved it, sorry for you guys, there is a world filled up with a real human life beside Americas, not fake people like you, wait, you are actually british right??

    June 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • Katherine

      Unfortunately, the ones that are making negative comments would do the exact same thing if it were about white girls in America. The remarks aren't so much pointed to the girls as they are to Demi Moore. Regardless of how many times it's been explained to them that it's about awareness, it doesn't matter...in one ear, out the other. It's in their DNA to be argumentative and to refuse to see fact.

      June 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
  95. Dannon

    Demi Moore eh?... speaking of hoosiers and white trash would y'all mind checking out my buddies new site. He's trying to make a go at it. It rates white trash and is pretty funny. I like the hoosier multiplex out of singlewides. youhoosiercom

    June 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  96. Courtney?

    Is it just me or is Demi trying to plastic surgery herself to look like Courtney Cox?

    June 26, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  97. Brulluhman

    Demi Moore is my sex slave.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  98. Brulluhman

    She's a very lazy one.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  99. saif

    I am a beg fan of Demi Moor and saying thanks to her and all those who work for this great job,
    A year ago i had watch some video and news of ( Nepal trafficking) which hurt me so much.
    But life of wicked people is short and they have no peace in there life.
    Let stand together to help Nepla

    June 26, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Reply
  100. ralph Petrillo

    It is great when actresses finally take a positive step to show the exploitation of women for it gives them something meaningful to do with their lives. We only have a limited time here , so make an effort to help others. Now what are you prepared to do?

    June 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  101. Irridescent

    This stream really makes me lose faith in most of humanity. Some of you are informed and sympathetic which I agree with. Others are just leaving comments with insipid logic and ignorance.
    Personally, I don't care if Demi Moore is a good actress or not. The fact is, she's doing something which is more than you or I could say for most people. She's trying so just deal with it.
    The only opinion I hold on the whole "bible" issue is that everyone has their own interpretation of it and I'd appreciate it if it was left out of things. Frankly, most people use the name of God as some sick justification for the screwed up things they do or believe in and it shouldn't be used in such a way. I may not hold any religious faith but I have respect for those who hold it and follow it properly.
    That's all I have to say and I don't check for replies so don't expect any from me, please.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  102. Patti

    Thanks Demi. Looks like you have a good heart. I wish I could make a difference like you can.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  103. JackTaraz

    She has had so many Plastic surgeries, she does not even look like Demi Moore any more. She looks like a generic woman. She was a good looking woman before. I guess she had all the work done to keep her young stud. She is now a plastic Cougar.

    June 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  104. sutpri

    Bravo Ms. Moore. And to those commenting in this string: You are proving that religion, like sex, should remain a very personal and private matter; not to be imposed on others.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  105. Jenni Jones

    I applaud the good work and wish that these things didn't happen in the first place.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  106. Clara

    wow!! it started at 21.00 again, I put back my words!

    June 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  107. Quincey9

    I heard that Ashton Kutcher was abducted by some old lady years ago.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Jake

      hahaha......That was Demi Moore....those guys in Nepal better watch out!!!! she might Abduct them!!!!

      June 27, 2011 at 1:24 am | Reply
  108. Lindi

    I just want to say that Demi Moore and CNN are doing somnething so amazing.I am proud of each and every person who are fighting against this sickening crime against woman and children.I am a teacher in South-Africa and I see what the pain caused to young children who are loosing their innocence.I pray for your entire team as a Christian and I hope you get each and every pimp and ovender and I hope that those awfull offenders will get the punishment that theuy deserve.A job well done.I am so proud of people who fight for the rights of those who can not defend themselves.God bless you.Lindi

    June 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Slavery20

      Indian Slave to American Slave

      This is the way my story began. I was living with a wealthy family in India. They told me that my mother died in childbirth and my father gave me to them. I could not believe my father gave me away like an old rag. I figured that he needed the money more than his own flesh and blood. I will never understand what kind of human being could do that to their own child. I will never know if that’s what he really did because so many lies were told. How I came to their house and why I don't have a family. Every day I wonder if somebody would tell me who brought me to this scary world. Life is very difficult when you don't know where you come from or who brought you to life.

      June 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Reply
  109. Mike Ugorji

    These rescued girls have been found in brothels, some guys were seen at those brothels who are either patrons or owners of these sex dens; Why does the police not arrest them and make them identify those who sell these girls to them? If the governments of Nepal and India really want to fight this scourge of women traficking; they have their lead in those who run and patronise the brothels! Who is deceiving whom? Are those fighting traficking part of the ring?

    June 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  110. Prakash Timalsina

    Being a Nepalese, I am sorry that Demi Moore and Anuradha Koirala were not allowed by the Nepalese authorities into Nepal's central jail to conduct an interview with a man who was a human traffickers and sent to jail for 12 years. I cried while watching the documentry because girls trafficking is happening into my country. Although, my body is in Europe, my mind and soul both are into my country. Thank you CNN, Demi Moore, her husband and their the DNA foundation for bringing this horrific story into the rest of the world.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  111. Lilian Karani. Stockholm.

    Thank you CNN and Demi for great work to end slavery for Napal Children. Its heart breaking.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  112. oldboldgold

    Why is CNN closing comments on articles? This article is still open, but the one on the Cameroon 9 year old is closed, dated the same day and with fewer comments. Most comments were negative, I'm sure, because the story had more holes than a sieve. First, her parents had to have sold her into that spot, and she said she thought she was coming for an education. She got out when she was 17 and is now at university... on the public dime, I'm sure. She has no prior education but qualifies as a college student? She is here illegally and the people who purchased her from her parents are in jail. What about her and her parents? She whines about how she misses mommy and daddy but chooses to stay in the country of her abductors? If my grandaughter were "abducted" into China she would not stay in China but would come home. Why would that be different for a Cameroon girl brought into the U.S.? The whole story stinks... and she got what she wanted, a trip to the U.S. and an education. This is all so nonsensical that I find it hard to believe the story.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  113. oldboldgold

    I agree that this human trafficking is a problem, but do question Demi Moore's attachment to it. She could certainly find a less melodramatic cause close to home. There are massive problems in the United States and she must go to Nepal? The United States cannot police the world, and our citizens do not need to put their nose in, either. If she gets her silly self into trouble over there, she will expect American taxpayers to bail her out. Possibilities for Demi's attention: corporate ownership of the Congress, drug trafficking within miles of her home, sex trafficking within miles of her home, low and poor education of children in her hometown, sex slaves living in her home state, insupportible deficits, illegal aliens, and so on. Why she needs her nose up someone else's hiney is beyond me, when her own just ain't that clean.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  114. Rachel

    I'm glad to see Demi doing something with her life other than marrying a kid nearly 1/2 her age. Yet, personally, I don't think she is a good mascot for this very serious subject matter.

    June 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  115. Aman

    When I was 19 or 20, out of curosity, I went to a Brothel in Delhi India and saw these Nepalese girls, My heart goes out to this abuse, I was young and stupid, did not think much of it, although I never engaged in any sexual thing, but these poor girls are traficked to India and the God Damn Mafia and equally corrupt police allows this. Indians should also hang their head in shame that we allow this to go on.

    June 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
  116. Aman

    When I was 19 or 20, out of curosity, I went to a Brothel in Delhi India and saw these Nepalese girls, My heart goes out to this abuse, I was young and stupid, did not think much of it, although I never engaged in any sexual thing, but these poor girls are traficked to India and the God Damn Mafia and equally corrupt police allows this. Indians should also hang their head in shame that we allow this to go on. I hope that Anuradha Koirala is successfull in stopping this nonsense

    June 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  117. Jing Hu

    Forgive me if i am generalizing. I believe most of these sex slave and trafficing are located most in third world countries where people are too poor and have no way support themselves and couldn't afford food or shelter or an education. So they turn to these ways to make money and live.

    Anyway, this is such a very touching article. 🙂

    June 26, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  118. albert

    Another sad point here, something that homosexuals rarely admit to, is that most of these children will become homosexual. They were not born this way, but the pedophiles and other perverts that molested them stole their innocence and their sense of worth. They become confused about their sexuality. This is very sad.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • Ken_C

      LOL you are as dumb as a bucket of rocks! Being molested doesn't turn someone homosexual you uneducated MORON. Do you read at all, or just listen to what your close-minded, racist, homophobic parents tell you? When I read pathetic postings like this it makes me realize our education system is just going right down the toilet!!

      June 26, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  119. Sid Kataki

    watched this program. I am really touched. I have now a mission to help wherever I can to support this cause

    June 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  120. Nikesh

    very touching documentary by CNN...now that people are aware of this, hopefully we can all put an end to this plague.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  121. Ken_C

    I never TRUST celebrities who get involved in these things. Some of them have been busted for doing it just to further their career...and I have a feeling Demi is one of them, but I hope for the sake of those people she isn't.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  122. Brek


    Your god jesus was a dead jew. see your little girls in america prostituting themselves to big black men. look at your porn industry – big balck going allover america having sex with your little white daughters.

    June 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  123. nisroc

    I am not a fan of Demi Moore, but she, like a few other Hollywood stars have started a waterfall of help for people with needs. This waterfall I believe was started by Madonna, Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie. I do not think these Hollywood stars are doing it for publicity, but i think they do it because they have nothing else to do with the amount of money they make.

    June 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  124. dave

    Move stars are soooo awesome. It's like they have special powers of beauty things.

    Please,go play pretend and save the world!

    June 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  125. Bruce Rubin

    Isn't any woman forced to marry by their family not by choice or sold for a dowry a sex slave??? When I went to Pharmacy school I met both highly educated Indian and Muslim women from other countries many who were forced or being forced into arranged marriages.Many were going to leave their arranged spouse after they could make a living.They had no problem sharing their plight. I always suggested burning their parents or spouses house down if they were abusive. That is also sexual slavery.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  126. sos999

    If you go to Thailand or Philippines, you will see a lots western males looking for sex. Those men go wild in Asia countries. don't let your boyfriend or husband go to Asia alone if you are a female. Otherwise he will have good time with young hot asian girls.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  127. sos999

    Once I heard a news story that thousands and thousands Asian prostitutes are brought into Los Angeles

    June 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Reply

    trash like moore using these peoples misfortune to get attention for herself is as bad as what was done to them by the slavers...

    June 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  129. bob

    At least their getting some.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  130. Ellen

    Too few of us have enough power to capture the media's power. Too often whose of us with no name recognition assume that we are powerless. I was moved that Demi Moore would care enough to use her celebrity for good. It is all too easy to ignore suffering.

    Thank you Demi and CNN - for giving voice to Anuradha - and for giving a damn. I know you don't make money off of this type of documentary, but it is so terribly important.

    'm deeply saddened that the tone of this blog is so mean. What has happened to this great country of ours? How did common courtesy disappear? Perhaps we can remember what's important - that selfishness is ugly - and that we can all be inspired to be more and do more than we ever imagined.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  131. Raja

    This is of type prob is very where in this world. religions persons don't write your mad words

    June 26, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  132. anahera


    June 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  133. dw

    I am glad somone is doing something about the issue......

    June 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  134. Abhiskar Basnet

    I am really moved by the documentary. Kudos to CNN, Demi Moore and all the documentary crew for doing an awesome job on reporting about the humanitarian issue regarding the sex trafficking in Nepal. While the concerned authorities both nepalese and indian are more or less mum about the issue, maiti nepal have taken it head-on for quite a while. While trying to create awareness in rural villages about sex trafficking, they are actively trying to save young girls at the border and also rehabilitating the girls rescued from brothels of india. Now recently CNN have highlighted their immense and courageous humanitarian effort and bring it to the eyes of the whole world. Hope this organization will be more effective through this immense coverage from the World's top News channel CNN and will be successful in their mission to save the innocent young girls from Nepal.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  135. oldboldgold

    Demi Moore has enough money to completely fund this solution without it being all over CNN. This is publicity stunt nonsense. I'm not even rich and I funded a grammar school in Mexico. She could fund this halfway house and the people doing the actual work and not take a blip on her financial statement. So why doesn't she?

    Matthew 6:1 "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."

    Demi Moore, who has her entire adult life pandered to the mindset that creates the problem she claims to be worried about, now wants the world to pander to her piety... good job CNN, you look more like Yahoo! no-news every year. I remember when CNN meant something.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  136. Beth

    What offends me is when the celebrities get their photo ops and then go back to the five star hotel at the end of the days during their trips, then go home in their private jets to their multimillion dollar homes, having used the needy for their own image. I'd be more impressed if they stayed with the people they are using for photo ops at nights......

    June 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  137. Bidur

    Great job Demi Moore, People with different minds have various ways to put your work.But I hope you won't be distracted.You are not working against humanity.Anywhere you do this kind of job it will always be appreciable, This can be an example or a new start to revolutionize the whole world. Good works with good motives will always be supported and be reached a better destination.Wish you a good luck on your further plans on these kind of works.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  138. Eileen Curras

    There is much to be learn in this country from Nepal by man and the ladies need to stay focus on education to get ahead.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  139. Eileen Curras

    The enterprise should help but the society there is not ready to do anything to stop the situation.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  140. Eileen Curras


    I do not have questions I have read a lot from Nepal. I am talking about Nepalese in Nepal and the country might not have the big companies like Wal-mart, Home Depot and other fast food chains in Nepal but there are many computers companies. Yes Nepal is a developing country and changes have to take place. Yes, I understan from Political instability, unemployment, lack of opportunity are few major problems and like you say there are more. I come from Puerto Rico. There major politicians and government agencies are more into corruption as they think about their own. Yes, society is deteriorated. I hope you would be able to help the people of Nepal but you have a big task before you.

    June 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  141. fearlessdoc

    If women wold not spread their legs every time a suave man comes around there wouldn't be some man looking to make a buck off them

    June 26, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Reply
    • suave guy

      I never made a buck off of them. Just got my rocks off.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:44 am | Reply
  142. shavana

    some comments above compelled me to drop few words. There are lot of girls still being trafficking in the developed country. Nepal, being a developing country lots of people specially women lack education. Girls or women who are in developed countries are compelled to be slave sometime even though they are educated. Those who are sold in brothels are the girls from the remote area, which is outside the capital of Nepal. They are poor and easily believes pimps due to their financial situation. Nepal government needs to focus about the education first. I stayed in Nepal for almost three years. the country is naturally beautiful, beautiful temples and art, warm people. I hope political situation of Nepal will be good and there will be healthy environment later on.
    I had tears in my eyes when that woman cried after seeing her daughter. that was heartbreaking. Anuradha Koirala is truly a saint who is living and standing for them. Demi Moore is doing good job. May god bless them

    June 26, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  143. amanda

    Agree! Americans are the most helpful beings on Earth. I am asian.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Reply
  144. uniq1frkspn

    twitter.com: tpoftngtthlips @tpoftngtthlips

    good, dad . making all my lusty lunch toddler wagons for grandma at each sick curb disappear: perfect . & replacing them with good boy toys!

    i miss 'original' old fashioned "c:\" .. computers were open-ended then, sort of . except it was hard to draw without logo writer or anigif

    he makes lunch . the enemy, to keep dads happy, they fill in when she vacations . his mom fills in most, biggest enemy . he vacations little

    "with 1,000 crop plants, small girl set out feed world . if i am not the only one, she said, then the world will be fat tomorrow" -unknown

    June 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  145. Ms.NJ

    What I really want to know is what kind of scum would actually want to have sex with children?????????????
    I mean there is obviously a demand for this because this is happening all over the world but why????
    I find it mind blowing that a grown man would have sex with a child.....like actually go to a place and pay money for that purpose. Paying to abuse a little kid and finding joy in it. I can't fathom this. Also the children they are doing this to are sad and crying and in pain.......how does that bring anyone joy??? How do such people even live with themselves that they did such a disgusting and vile act????
    I am very disappointed in the world......it is a very sick and disgusting place....especially for little girls to grow up in.
    As a mother of a girl, I must hawk over her every move and can not entrust her care to anyone.......I've read endless stories not only of this trafficking....but everyday stories in the USA where kids are molested by their dance teacher, their piano teacher, their relatives, the neighbor, the kid's parents who host a sleepover, etc........I really can't understand what is wrong with men and their sexual problems.......why is it always on their mind and why would anyone dream of doing that with a child????? It's beyond my comprehension and I hope anyone who does this not only suffers immensely but burns in hell forever.

    June 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  146. Ash

    I watched this doc. today and I loved it. For a moment I was speechless. it was hurtful. This is reality. I felt sad for those women's who gone through all this. it's awful. The hell is on earth.

    June 27, 2011 at 12:35 am | Reply
  147. Nepali Guy

    i am really thankful to CNN freedom project and demi moore herself for such a good deed. Nepal is a country willing to step towards developement and ending such a big social problem but international community doesnt listens much. in fact most of the people doesent even where the country actually is despite it has fame of Gautam Buddha birth place and Mt. Everest.
    I hope indian government have opened their eyes about the real situation or at least forced to be aware. I have learned that indian police is steping forward by raid with request of maiti nepal but its not enough.No viewers might have thought there are hundreds of ways to cross open border but only handful of places where these girls are sold. Indian government should do more than what nepalese are doing to control this serous social problem.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:07 am | Reply
  148. Manish Aryal

    Guys ignore Mearder, He is just another arrogant guy in the world with no moral consciousness...we have other important things to talk about ...First of all, i would like to thank CNN for showing the belief and courage of Nepalese people all around the world...We are among one of the illiterate and poor countries but we have a sense of moral good...Our soldiers lacks proper and basic security structure due to corrupt politicians but they still can fight against 14 taliban soilders and protect their territory...Our sisters lacks proper education but they still can take care of her and the entire family when the head of the family is out of the country...and our mothers are best women..its our belief in our soldiers, mothers, sisters, brother, and Nepal that makes us proud despite lacking basic needs...And i bet these things are not written in bible or any religious books...Jai Nepal...

    June 27, 2011 at 3:02 am | Reply
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  151. Brad

    I probably should care, but I just can't. Parents selling their kids, government corruption, police corruption, money money money. These are the problems, fix them and the sex trafficing will virtually stop. Until then, you aren't really doing anything. I got more important things to worry about, like living a life, I'm not going to bring my life down for these people. Sorry, but you rescue one, and 5 more are sold. Let the land fix it's own problems. That is just my opinion, still, I have lots of respect for the people that try, I just don't see a point in it.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Amy

      Wow you're pessimistic. It's the people who stand up to take a stand who make a different, that includes our founding fathers who never dared say, there's no point. That includes Martin Luther King who paid the ultimate price, who never said there is no point, as well as many many others. You're living in the lap of luxury, security and comfort because of people, no matter who they are, who ignored nay sayers like you and lived their life passionately trying to change the course of our history. Have some confidence man. When times are dark that's our time to shine, be it for ourselves or for others. Compassion.

      June 27, 2011 at 9:12 am | Reply
  152. Informer

    If Demi and CNN are so interested in getting rid of the slave trade and child exploitation why don't they just go to any divorce court or family court in the United States of America. First of all alimony violates the 13th amendment of the US constitution and is clearly slavery. The CNN freedom project never discusses it. They sometimes shut down the entire post when I bring up the subject, in fear of a national revolution. And child exploitation exists everyday in US family courts when they deny the fathers equal custodial parental rights to their biological children. This child exploitation is all for unfair child support revenue. I am completely in favor of child support enforcement, but it is a human rights violation to deny either parent equal time with their biological children and it is a human rights violation to deny either child equal rights to their biological parents. This child exploitation is done in the US for the exclusive purpose of growing financial revenue for the states, judjes, and lawyers without raising taxes.

    June 27, 2011 at 8:48 am | Reply
  153. Amy

    Why is Demi Moore the focus of all these comments. You people are sick. Women and children are being exploited somewhere in the world and all you can do is sit on your fat a$$es on your computers in your comfortable air conditioned homes surrounded by your families which other people don't have; and talk about nonsense things to be-little attempts made by her and CNN to bring this to our attention. You people are sick sick sick. I've been inspired by this and I'm going to find some way to help this cause.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:04 am | Reply
    • Dave

      And you are dumb if this is what brought this to your attention. This has been going on for ages, and you don't hear about it until Demi Moore does a show on it. You are what people are talking about when they speak of dumb Americans.
      And yes it is fine to be critical of the quality of the piece, because it was terrible. This is an issue my three year old could've made interesting, yet she keeps referring to herself in the documentary. It's like she's never watched a professionally done documentary, it's not about you.

      June 27, 2011 at 11:20 am | Reply
  154. Truthspeaker

    It kills me, this woman Demi, who has FUELED the sex drive in so many men over the years, by showing her body & tempting them, now tries to rescue the poor victims of the sex slave industry. If she had kept her clothes on and hadn't been a wicked Hollywood Harlot, there might not be this extreme drive for sex. She is partly to BLAME for these women/children being abused worldwide. She will burn in Hell for it someday too.

    June 27, 2011 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Dave

      You are right there.

      June 27, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
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  156. Andrew

    I think this documentary was not put together well. It's like CNN would've done anything to get a celebrity on CNN Presents. Good idea, good location, bad filming, bad editing. Most of the CNN Presents are done by people with a background in this stuff, but CNN thought celebrities can do anything, and now they are portraying it like its a work of art. The content keeps you interested, the shoddy work makes you want to change the channel.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply
  157. jujubeans

    It's a noble cause Demi, but I'd rather see your boobs again before they start to sag.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply
  158. Trisha

    Yes, another Angelina Jolie trying to find meaning to their celeb life. I believe they think it is glamerous to show interest in this type of thing so to appear humble and doing good. Perhaps Demi and her husband should top promoting smut on TV (one and 1/2 men and the like) and show people a way of life that edifies and promotes good will and good living through TV, and other media.

    June 27, 2011 at 10:50 am | Reply
  159. Trisha

    Brad you must be a myth because Jesus Christ created you! John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Wod was God and nothing that was made (Brad) was made without Him (Jesus Christ). ..... and the Word became flesh and lived among. He is the Light of the world, but the darkness did not comprehend HIm.....

    June 27, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  160. nerp

    I am sad.

    June 27, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
  161. Chris

    the fact that her appearance is causing so many comments, I'd say her attempt to bring awareness to this huge issue is working. She could have stayed home and do nothing, but the truth is she is doing more to help humanity than most of us are...

    June 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  162. Michael

    I watched the documentary last night and thought it was very well done. It brings light to the issue of human trafficking, it was focued on Nepal in this case. The purpose of this cause/project is to help bring to light and prevent/rid human trafficking all over the world. Demi Moore briefly mentions in conversation with the women that it is also an issue in the United States. To further comment, I found the effort and strength of Maiti Nepal astounding. The women at the borders spend day after day standing at the border trying to prevent human trafficking. Try to imagine how difficult that must be, not only physically but mentally. Demi Moore mentioned in 20 years Maiti Nepal have saved 12,000 women (a great achievement) but from estimates they believe that as many as 12,000 are trafficked over the borders every year and yet 2 dedicated Maiti Nepal women stand at each crossing everyday. It was a great documentary and I only wish I had an opportunity to assist the project in a physical method (more than making a donation) and do my part in my own country or in other parts of the world.

    June 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  163. Ric

    One thing no one mentions is overpopulation. Birth control would save all the starvation and sickness from malnutrition in our world. Our planet can sustain only about 2 Billion humans – yet we are at 6 billion...the homo sapien is a species wrought on destroying itself – And people here are worried about sex slavery and whether or not a hollywood star should report about it – Look at the big picture

    What is the Cause of Sex slavery – simple – TOO many mouths to feed and too much poverty. Solution....population control – unfortunately every RELIGION is against it – yet the effects of no population control is what is causing suffering in the world and RELIGION is against suffering , but will not admit the causes

    June 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  164. Stephanie Segal

    Demi and Ashton are doing great work, but I find it incredibly insensitive and totally inappropriate for her to be wearing a hunky diamond on her finger, among poor women who have been abused in unspeakable ways.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:10 am | Reply
  165. bozotheclown

    I applaud DM's efforts to eradicate these atrocities but why (like many other American issues) isn't she dealing with the problem in her own country first? America needs to rescue itself before rescuing the world, spec. during these times. I'm always reminded of the attention Oprah received for opening a school in Africa, which I thought was a joke considering the lack of education facilities for many unfortunate America's. Moreover, why wouldn't she join forces with, e.g. Nicholas Kristof (NYT columnist/ expert on issue) instead of appearing so ill-prepared.

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