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Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People.

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Photography by Stephanie Malik. Susan Sarandon, Somaly Mam

On Friday, July 30, academy award winner Susan Sarandon spoke movingly about the launch of a new campaign sponsored by The Body Shop®, ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), and Somaly Mam Foundation intended to assist child victims of sex trafficking. Beyond raising public awareness about this severely underreported issue, the primary purpose of Friday’s launch at the Morgans Hotel Penthouse (the proprietor of the property informed me that they had offered to host the event in the penthouse free of charge), was the announcement of a petition that “will encourage Americans to lend their signatures to help lobby for ‘Safe Harbor’ laws, protecting victims of sex trafficking from being prosecuted for prostitution.”

Many people remain unaware of the fact that millions of children and young women throughout the world have been trafficked illegally into foreign countries and are either forced or coerced into prostitution against their will each and every day. Essentially a modern day form of slavery, human trafficking is the third largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world after the illegal drug market and the illegal arms trading industry.

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