Source: Tonic - Anuradha Koirala has saved more than 12,000 women and children from sex trafficking since 1993.
Hollywood's brightest stars and the world's most inspiring heroes met in Los Angeles last night for the 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Awards.
Ten extraordinary people from all corners of the Earth were chosen from 10,000 nominees by a Blue Ribbon panel. They were equally saintly and committed to service, from bringing solar power to rural Kenya to clearing landmines in Cambodia. CNN left it up to the people with an eight-week long online vote to decide the winner.
Each runner-up was announced by a different celeb, such as Halle Berry, Jessica Alba, Kid Rock, LL Cool J, Renee Zellweger, Gerard Butler, Kiefer Sutherland, Marisa Tomei, Aaron Eckhart and Holly Robinson Peete. It was Demi Moore, an anti-trafficking activist herself, who announced the 2010 winner, Anuradha Koirala. Since 1993, Koirala has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery through her organization Maiti Nepal. Her $100,000 reward will allow her to continue her good work.
"CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" will air Thanksgiving night on CNN at 8 p.m. EST.