Susan Sarandon Speaks Out Against Child Sex Trafficking

Susan Sarandon’s career has surged this year. She’ll appear in Oliver Stone’s coming movie “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” just wrapped the Duplass Brothers comedy “Jeff Who Lives at Home,” and will begin work this coming Monday on the HBO pilot “The Miraculous Year” with director Kathryn Bigelow. She also received an Emmy nomination for her performance opposite Al Pacino in HBO’s April telefilm “You Don’t Know Jack.” In addition to her acting work, she’s lending her voice to causes she finds important, such as the eradication of child sex trafficking.

At a press conference this afternoon at the Morgans Hotel Penthouse, Sarandon talked about the importance of educating the public about the issue, saying that “unless you demand a change, governments won’t suddenly have a consciousness raising and decide to change a system that is so deeply rooted into these countries and our country, too.”

An estimated 1.2 million children annually are exploited in the U.S. and international sex trade, according to ECPAT, a network of groups and individuals working to end the sexual exploitation of children for commercial purposes. Starting August 2, ECPAT is helping to support a petition on the subject at The Body Shop stores and online calling for new legal protection for children under age 18.

“I chose very carefully the groups that I talk about and will put my reputation on the line for,” Sarandon said. “You get a big bang for your buck with this group because you know where the money is going.”

Also at the press conference was Somaly Mam, a Cambodian human rights activist who was abandoned as a child in the mid-70’s during the Pol Pot regime and sold into prostitution. As an adult, she has rescued, rehabilitated and provided shelter, education and medical care for thousands of girls in Southeast Asia through her self-named foundation.

Mam was profiled as Glamour magazine’s 2006 Woman of the Year by Mariane Pearl, the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl. She was also lauded as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2009 by Angelina Jolie (who portrayed Mariane Pearl in the 2007 film “A Mighty Heart”). “My support, my energy, everything comes from the girls [that she rescues] and also my great staff at the Foundation,” Mam said.

Of her friendship with Sarandon, Mam said, “Susan always make me laugh when we have lunch. She takes care of me and protects me.”

About Mam, Sarandon said, “I’m grateful for her example. When I’m freaking out about some stupid little thing and I get a call from her about something that really is a big thing, it puts my life in perspective.”

In addition to Sarandon, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Dern, Rob Lowe and Uma Thurman also support efforts to stop child sex trafficking.

source: http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/30/susan-sarandon-speaks-out-against-child-sex-trafficking/

DEMI MOORE STEPS UP SEX TRAFFICKING CAMPAIGN

DEMI MOORE has stepped up her campaign against child sex trafficking – the actress met with lawmakers at the White House to discuss the issue on Tuesday (04May10).
The Ghost star launched The Demi and Ashton (DNA) Foundation with her husband Ashton Kutcher to raise awareness of the harrowing subject and to help survivors of abuse.
Now Moore has furthered her fight against sexual exploitation – she held a news conference at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday afternoon (04May10) calling for harsh punishments for offenders, as well as more leniency and support for youngsters coerced into prostitution.
Speaking during the panel meeting, Moore said, “I think many Americans are more willing to accept that girls are being trafficked in Cambodia and can’t imagine it’s happening right here… It’s more profitable and less risky to sell a girl than drugs. Demand for prostitution fuels sex trafficking. And I think clearly our system isn’t working.”
Following her talk at Capitol Hill, Moore then visited the White House, along with three female sex abuse victims, to discuss human trafficking with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
In a post on her Twitter.com page following the meetings, Moore writes, “Appreciated the opportunity to participate today in a Congressional briefing to end Child Sex Slavery in America!” (KD/WNWCWP&WNTWT/ZN)

source: http://thebosh.com/archives/2010/05/demi_moore_steps_up_sex_trafficking_campaign.php

What ‘Pimpin’ Means And Why It Caused A Celebrity Twitter Feud

There’s been a lot of media coverage in the last week of the Twitter ‘feud’ between Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian. Yet, the glaring omission from all the articles, blogs and commentary is any real analysis of Demi’s point — that we glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that seems to legitimize the practice, and in doing so, ignore the fact that pimps are modern-day slave-owners.

I’m the founder and executive director of GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest service provider to girls and young women who’ve been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked. Every day, I witness the impact that pimps have on the lives of girls in this country. Girls are left with physical and psychological scars from the brutal tactics of adult men who prey upon some of the most vulnerable children in our society and then sell them for profit over and over again.

Demi, and her husband, Ashton, have met some of the girls GEMS serves, heard their horrific stories about being under pimp control and have taken action. They launched the DNA Foundation with the goal of ending child sex trafficking both in the U.S. and abroad and recently, donated a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to support GEMS services for survivors of domestic trafficking. Both Demi and Ashton have been raising the alarm about the epidemic of child sex trafficking that’s happening right here in the U.S. to American girls for over a year now, and yet it’s an exchange with Kim Kardashian that has garnered the most attention.

Kim Kardashian, like most people in this country, is probably totally unaware of the harsh reality of pimping and thinks of it in the context of a Jay-Z song, a 50 Cent video, an Oscar-winning song and movie, or a caricature from the 1970s. I’m sure if Kim knew the real stories, tears and scars behind the glorified images of pimps, she’d think differently about the language she used. I’d encourage her and anyone else who uses ‘pimpin’ as a verb to watch our Showtime documentary ‘Very Young Girls’ to learn the truth about pimp culture.

Ultimately though, this issue isn’t about Kim or Demi. It’s about the girls and young women whose lives are systematically destroyed by pimps and traffickers. It’s about changing our societal acceptance of pimps and ‘pimpin’ and calling it what it really is: trafficking and slaveholding. Over 100,000 children in this country are exploited through the commercial sex industry each year and the median age of entry into the sex industry is estimated to be between 12 and 14 years old. If those facts haven’t been enough to start a national dialogue about domestic trafficking of girls in the U.S., perhaps a Twitter exchange between two celebrities will be.

source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-lloyd/what-pimpin-means-and-why_b_519299.html

Demi vs. Kim: The Real Pimpin Issue

Rachel Lloyd is part of Change.org’s Changemaker network, comprised of leading voices for social change.

There’s been lots of coverage in the last 24 hours on the Twitter ‘feud’ between Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian. Yet the glaring omission from all the articles, blogs and commentary is any real analysis of Demi’s point – that we glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that seems to legitimize the practice, and in doing so ignore the fact that pimps are modern-day slave-owners.

I’m the founder and Executive Director of GEMS, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services, the nation’s largest service provider to girls and young women who’ve been commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked. Every day, I witness the impact that pimps have on the lives of girls in this country. Girls are left with physical and psychological scars from the brutal tactics of adult men who prey upon some of the most vulnerable children in our society and then sell them for profit over and over again.

Demi, and her husband Ashton, have met some of the girls GEMS serves, heard their horrific stories about being under pimp control and have taken action. They launched the DNA Foundation with the goal of ending child sex trafficking both in the US and abroad and recently donated a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh grant to support GEMS services to survivors of domestic trafficking. Both Demi and Ashton have been raising the alarm about the epidemic of child sex trafficking that’s happening right here in the US to American girls for over a year now, and yet it’s an exchange with Kim Kardashian that has garnered the most attention.

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Demi Moore: I’m a “Puma” Not a “Cougar”

Demi Moore may be an older woman married to a younger man, but she says that she’s no “cougar.”

The actress proudly says that she prefers to classify herself as a “puma.”

“Cougar has become so distasteful. I really hate that expression,” Moore told Harper’s Bazaar in am interview for its April issue. “It (the term, “puma”) has a sweeter quality, more elegant. And then somebody said to me, ‘Pumas are only for people in their 30s.”

A true chameleon at her craft, she’s shown her vulnerability in “Ghost,” her seriousness in “A Few Good Men,” her sexiness in “Indecent Proposal” and her strength in “G.I. Jane.” She’s even starred as one of “Charlie’s Angels,” appearing in a bikini on the beach.

But she says it’s the role of a mother of three and a wife to actor Ashton Kutcher that has been most rewarding.

Moore recalls the first time she met Kutcher. Sparks flew right away between the two actors.

“I knew it had the potential to be something special right away. It was like meeting somebody that I’ve just known where you just recognize one another. It was so disproportionate, the level of emotion we were experiencing to the time we had spent together.

“But when you don’t know someone, you can’t just jump and say, ‘I love you.’ ‘Nice to meet you, I love you!’ Yeah. No. We used to end our calls or emails with ‘And everything we don’t say.’ It just seemed too much, too soon.”

Being Mrs. Kutcher for the past five years (the couple has been together for seven years total) Moore has taken on many new endeavors, including her mission to stop sex trafficking and slavery.

Like Kutcher, she has taken to Twitter as an outlet to get her message across to the masses and to stay connected to her fans. She has two and a half million followers and Kutcher has four and a half million.

The couple recently established the DNA Foundation, which has been working with the State Department.

“It is something that we are committed to, particularly as it relates to underage girls,” Moore said. “We want to have some effects on legislation in the U.S.”

The April issue of Harper’s Bazaar hits stands March 30.

source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/18/entertainment/main6311728.shtml

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