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Human trafficking is the modern day slave trade. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today and 79% of those victims are trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE). The average age globally of a trafficking victim is thirteen. 

I’ve been actively involved in the fight to end human trafficking since 2009. In addition to being the Founder and Executive Director of Take A Bite Out of Trafficking (TABOOT) which held several fundraising Chef’s Tasting Events, I currently sell the handicrafts of rescued women and girls from Maiti Nepal.

Founder of Maiti Nepal, Anuradha Koirala in Faneuil Hall, Boston ~ November 2013

Anuradha Koirala in Boston

Thank you PINKERTON ACADEMY for having TABOOT back for your Social Studies Week. We hope we inspired some students into getting involved!

Manning Lecture Hall NH

Thank you to Margaret O’Brien and the West Dennis Library for hosting one of our many Maiti Nepal Handicraft events.

Team TABOOT has run many of the Boston’s Tufts 10K Races on Columbus Day weekend to help raise funds and awareness.

TEAM TABOOT: STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING ~ ONE STEP AT A TIME

Previous Speaking Engagements:

2/15/12 ~ Bancroft School, Worcester MA

4/17/12 ~ Pinkerton Academy, Derry NH

5/22/12 ~ Brookline High School, Brookline MA

10/10/12 ~ West Dennis Library, Cape Cod MA

4/22/14 ~ Pinkerton Academy, Derry NH

“BOUGHT + SOLD” GALLERY

A sixteen year old girl first sold for her kidney then sold from Nepal in to the brothels of India with her newborn son. A young woman drugged on a bus going to the city to get her son much needed medical attention wakes up prisoner in a red light district. A six year old injected with animal steroids to make her more “voluptuous”. Their stories are unimaginable and heartbreaking. And it’s happening while you read this.

It’s estimated that 15,000 to 20,000 Nepali girls are sold, kidnapped and tricked over the porous border in to India (and now also to Middle Eastern countries) each year. They are abducted and abused as young as six and the an average age globally of a trafficking victim is shockingly thirteen years old. One fearless Nepali woman, Anuradha Koirala, has been fighting for almost two decades to save the innocent lives of the women and children of her vulnerable homeland. Her organization, Maiti Nepal, is the leading anti-trafficking non-profit in Nepal. Started it on a mere $14 US dollars in her own home, Ms. Koirala has built shelters, hospices, schools, prevention and transit homes and has border surveillance teams working at eleven of the twenty six Nepal-India borders.

After spending most of the year in 2004 based in Nepal, I first learned about Maiti Nepal. In 2009 a life changing conversation caused me to become actively involved. I spent three months back in Nepal in the beginning of 2010 volunteering and photographing the crucial work that Anuradha and her team do everyday throughout the tiny impoverished country. In addition to telling these stories through images, I have worked tirelessly since 2009 raising funds and awareness to help in this fight to end human trafficking. Knowing that these atrocities are happening is the fuel that lead me to found my own non-profit called Take A Bite Out of Trafficking (TABOOT).

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”  ~ Mother Teresa

Gallery of the beautiful women and children out at the Gokarna Maiti Nepal Hospice
“We can use photography for amusement, education, health and empathy, but the rare few can enlist exciting imagery for social change. Kiki Larouge’s photographs penetrate the boundaries separating cultures and move towards making a change.”
~ Lou Jones
All images ©Kerry Hook of Kiki Larouge Photography. Unauthorized use is prohibited.

 

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KLP also photographs the adoptable dogs at the Boston based all volunteer Last Hope K9 Rescue. It’s proven that a beautiful portrait of a dog – no matter what the age or breed – will significantly increase the chance of adoption. LHK9 has Meet & Greet Events every week in various locations in New England. To learn more, check out their website and follow them on Facebook.

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