Lea Ackermann


Lea Ackermann born Völklingen, Germany February 2, 1937. Catholic nun. Founded organization SOLWODI (Solidarity with Women in Distress) to combat sex tourism, human trafficking, and forced prostitution, 1985.


"Seeing the violence, exploitation and misery of these women, who were forced to work as prostitutes because they were poor, convinced me I had to help change their situation. . . I realized that even in civilized Europe, migrant women and girls are being exploited and mistreated in very similar ways." (ABC News, May 3, 2006; 2012 photo Wikipedia)