Myths & Realities

The Movement

A very young girl faces left, wearing a printed dress and a white beaded necklace and earrings.

First you have to learn to take them as your own child. Then you will feel the sorrow and then the strength comes out from you to protect them.
—Anuradha Koirala, founder and director of Maiti Nepal

I am not actually a victim. I am a survivor working as a strong activist against trafficking. I will live and work to help others and eventually die here.
—Anita, abducted and sold at age 12, now working with Maiti Nepal

THE DAY MY GOD DIED introduces some of the heroes working around the world to end child sex trafficking. From the trafficking survivors who return to the brothels to rescue other girls to the directors of non-profits that help care for former sex slaves, each of these people is part of a growing worldwide movement to stop child sex slavery.

Read what they have to say.

Headshot of Maili Lama, talking to the camera

Maili Lama, a trafficking survivor rescued by Maiti Nepal, has founded her own non-profit rescue center in Bombay. In 2002, she won a Reebok Human Rights Award for her work.
Headshot of Matthew Friedman, talking to the camera

Matthew Friedman, author of Tara: A Fleshtrade Odyssey, is the technical advisor for the Office of Health and Family Planning, USAID/Nepal. He now lives in Bangkok, Thailand.
Headshot of Harleen Walia, talking to the camera

Harleen Walia is the assistant director of Sanlaap, a rescue and rehabilitation center for young girls in Calcutta.
Headshot of Anuradha Koirala, talking to the camera

Anuradha Koirala is founder and director of Maiti Nepal, a non-profit network that rescues, rehabilitates and advocates for children in the sex trade.
Headshot of Gina, talking to the camera

Gina, a trafficking survivor rescued by Maiti Nepal, helps care for children at the Maiti Nepal center in Kathmandu.
Headshot of Gary Haugen, talking to the camera

Gary Haugen is founder and director of the International Justice Mission, which helps rescue sex slaves.
Headshot of Jyoti, talking to the camera

Jyoti, a trafficking survivor rescued by the International Justice Mission, now helps raid brothels to rescue other girls.

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