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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Anything Angelina Jolie can do... Demi Moore jets into Nepal for a charity mission


Philanthropist: Demi Moore stands with Maiti Nepal Chairperson Anuradha Koirala as they pose after a news conference organized at Maiti Nepal in Kathmandu yesterday

Angelina Jolie isn't the only Hollywood actress lending her star power to a good cause.

Demi Moore has just spent five days in Nepal where she is filming a documentary for CNN on the sex trafficking trade.

She visited Maiti Nepal, an organisation aimed to protect women and girls from the crimes related to the sex trafficking industry and she met with Anuradha Koirala, the charity's founder.

The 62-year-old former school teacher last year won the coveted CNN Hero Of The Year Award for her work through the charity.

The two women took part in a press conference raising awareness of the charity and its work.

Demi, 48, and Anuradha posed for pictures together and met with dozens of the women and girls helped by the organisation which, to date, has rescued over 12,000 women from sex slavery.

Concerned: The actress listened intently to Anuradha during the press conference for the charity Maiti Nepal

During her five day visit Demi was also escorted to Bhairahawa, one of the main entry points to Nepal from India for traffickers bringing women and children across the border.

She also visited Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha. That too was recorded for the documentary by the accompanying CNN team.

Demi posted a message on her Twitter about the trip saying: 'Excited to be visiting Annuradha and Maiti Nepal today with @CNNFreedom Project! She has rescued over 12k women and girls from sex slavery!'

Warm welcome: Demi met with girls and women affected by domestic violence and sex trafficking

The sex trafficking trade is a cause close to Demi's heart as she started her own charity supporting the issue called The Demi And Ashton Foundation, alongside her husband Ashton Kutcher.

The charity aims to raise awareness about child sex slavery and help victims.

Jolie, meanwhile, has just returned from a charity visit to the Tunisia-Libya border.

The goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees urged the world community to continue helping Tunisia with its refugee crisis as thousands flood in from its war-torn neighbor, Libya.

Charity queen: Angelina Jolie landed at LAX airport yesterday after returning from a trip to Libya

source: dailymail