Charimaya Tamang of Nepal awarded 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award

Charimaya Tamang of Nepal, a trafficking survivor has been awarded the 2011 Hero Acting to End Modern-Day Slavery Award, by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US, during the release of the 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, at the State Department in Washington.

According to the report, "Born into a poor family made poorer by the passing of her father, Charimaya Tamang was 16 when she was trafficked to India. She spent 22 months enslaved in a brothel before the Indian government rescued her and more than 200 other Nepali women in 1996. Upon her return to Nepal, Ms. Tamang faced social stigma and was outcast from her own community. But she courageously filed a case against her traffickers, becoming the first person to file personally a trafficking case with the district police. In 1997, the District Court – in a landmark decision – convicted and sentenced eight offenders involved in her case."

It goes on to say that "In 2000, Ms. Tamang and 15 other survivors established Shakti Sumaha, an anti-trafficking NGO. She received a national honor for her work in 2007 and is currently one of two trafficking survivors serving as members of the government-led National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking, which was founded in 2009. In that role, Ms. Tamang raised the importance of including survivors in each district-level working group. There are now five trafficking survivors serving as members of district-level committees around the country." Hats off to you Charimaya Tamang ji. We need more people like Charimaya Tamang and Anuradha Koirala to free Nepal from human trafficking.