Celebrities Band Together to Fight Child Sex Slavery
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Actors, musicians, athletes, and other famous folks have long used their celebrity to draw attention to charitable causes. They've tackled AIDS, hunger, cancer, and clean water. They've raised money, visited suffering countries, and sent videos viral stressing the importance of each cause. Now, one such viral video and photo campaign is taking over the Internet. The issue: sex trafficking and slavery. Particularly, focusing on young girls.
Though not a new campaign, it's starting to gain traction. Its source is the Demi and Ashton Foundation (DNA), started by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in 2010 to raise awareness about child sex slavery happening around the globe. It's estimated that anywhere from 1 million to more than 3 million children are subjected to sexual slavery at any given time, both domestically and internationally. The goal of the DNA Foundation is to use education, rehabilitation, and preventative measures to put an end to these staggering numbers.
In the early stages of the foundation, Kutcher and Moore traveled to Mexico, Russia, and Haiti, where they met with government officials, police agencies, and the victims themselves to learn more about how they could help.
Since that time, they've recruited dozens of their famous friends to help get the word about what's happening to young girls, and what you can do to help. According to their Web site:
The "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign was designed to bring the issue of child sex slavery into the mainstream, to reach millions of people with information about it, to create an engaged community of activists and to begin to shift cultural permissiveness on buying sex, particularly among men.
And it seems to be working. Since the campaign began, more than 2 million people have participated in some way in the campaign, and more than 1.4 million people have viewed the videos that are going around. To learn more about DNA and what you can do to help, visit its Web site. You can also follow it on Facebook and Twitter.
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