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Ashley Judd Speaks Up For Victims of Human Trafficking

The UN General Assembly met yesterday to discuss human trafficking, an annually $32 billion illegal industry.

One star shined some light on the dark issue. Actress Ashley Judd, a board member of Population Services International, went to the UN headquarters in New York to speak about the cause she adopted after a 12-nation public health tour.

In her words to the General Assembly, Ashley explained:

I have been to 12 countries worldwide and spent a great deal of time in brothels, slums, hospices, youth drop-in centers, in both public hospitals as well as rural clinics. It is very difficult to leave behind people I know are victims of human trafficking. I defy anyone to walk out of a brothel or to walk out of an orphanage leaving those people behind. So I have been making a series of sacred promises: "I will never forget you" and "I will tell your story." I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard.

Right now about 2.5 million people face forced labor of sexual exploitation. Over 56 percent of these victims live in Asia and the Pacific. The UN estimates 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. When those with first-hand experience like Ashley share their stories, do you feel more connected to the victims and hope for a more urgent solution?


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UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Harts :rotfl: 3 yr olds are even better.... ;)
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Oh what a numnut I prove myself to be all the flippin time! Sorry guys scratch that. It goes to another post! :nerdgirl:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Are you listening to your wife again Dave? :) Yes technology is going crazy. I still don't want govt restrictions. Instead lets lean on parents to be involved with their kids. Now, here comes the attack. :scared:
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Goodmorning! :coffeecup: oh start your day with a discusting story! btw HF I didn't know that of JB either! I knew of her fabulousness though. :) Btw again, why is wiki not so good? Am I out of the loop? I thought it was a reliable source. :?
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
I my gosh Steph! I never knew that about chocolate! Where is that story? Can you give me a link or something? That is just awful. I did know about cockroaches in chocolate. I found that out from my sisters Dr. He said they are basically the SAME THING! Because there are so much roaches in the factories the FDA has allowed so many roach parts in chocolate. :sick: Sorry if I grossed anyone out. :oops:
stephley stephley 9 years
HF, thanks for the Baker mention, I should have remembered her. I guess the list is a reminder that there's not really much new under the sun, except naked teenagers with cellphone cameras.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Also Steph...before Brangelina there was Josephine Baker. She adopted kids from all kinds of countries. These trends aren't knew just reimagined. From wiki (I know, I know) Though based in France, she supported the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s. She protested in her own way against racism, adopting twelve multi-ethnic orphans, whom she called her "Rainbow Tribe." [2] Her adopted children were: Akio (Korean son), Janot (Japanese son), Luis (Colombian son), Jarry (Finnish son), Jean-Claude (Canadian son), Moïse (French Jewish son), Brahim (Algerian son), Marianne (French daughter), Koffi (Côte d'Ivoirean son), Mara (Venezuelan son), Noël (French son), and Stellina (Moroccan daughter).[6] On another note I really like Ashley Judd. She's always seemed extremely classy to me.
stephley stephley 9 years
I don't think it's just our western culture: you hear about 'rape rooms' in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the horrific numbers of rapes of women & children in current conflicts in Africa. Western money & business attitudes added to some other cultures may be a relatively modern addition - It does seem that the sex tourism business is more open these days. But I also read that most chocolate is the product of the work of child slaves in Africa, there have been letter writing campaigns to Hersheys & Mars candy. As long as there's money to be made or saved and a customer for the product.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
oops sorry for the double post. what i am trying to say, is that this says something awful about 'our' (western? modern?) culture. Is there too much freedom in North America or is it something about the restrictive Christian background that us, our parents, or our grandparents have? Genetics? Anyway this all grosses me out and i just wish it would go away!chilling...
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i heard that some children are trafficked for the purpose of adoption, and some young ladies are abducted and sold as wives in china. i think that the number includes this, not just victims of pedophiles. but obviously there are a lot of child sex trade workers therefore there are a lot of pedophiles. why are there so many pedophiles and why do we always here about the ones that are western Caucasian males? despite the sex trading being so much in Asia, i have never heard news stories where the pedophile is anyone other than a Caucasian male from Germany, France, UK, Austria, Australia, canada, usa, etc. Except for the rapists in china and south africa who claim that they were trying to cure their aids.
sarah_bellum sarah_bellum 9 years
janneth, I'm pretty sure the solution has something to do with wearing colored rubber bracelets. Apparently they do wonders.
stephley stephley 9 years
What Newman's done with those camps and the money from his food company is amazing. That's a hero.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
Paul Newman's Cancer camps are awesome. My oldest daughter's step brother went to a couple of them when he was a little boy battling Cancer.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I love it when you guys do articles like this. Thanks Liberty. :hug:
janneth janneth 9 years
What is actually the solution for this human traffiking problem?
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
You named a lot of great names Steph. Those people really did do a lot jof wonderful things.
hartsfull hartsfull 9 years
Celebrities are perfect actually for these types of things because of course the obvious one they have the money and resouces to visit. They have the expeirence of spokesperson. People might really love or idolize the person and as soon as they see them or their name look to see what is being talked about. I think some people think it's a PR ploy. I don't think so at all. If you consider not just the time and money being put into it, what is more valuable is the emotion they put into these things. I'm talking about witnessing the sadness and hopelessness of the victims. I worked in nursing a long time and it's a very rare thing to see a wealthy happy person go into hospice (she also mentioned that, not just illegal stuff) and take time to be there. Often some people don't want to empathize because they don't want to be sad. So, to me anyone who puts themselves into these situations, is really doing it because they want to do something. They're not just throwing money at something.
stephley stephley 9 years
It's not new: stars sold WWII bonds, a couple died on trips to do that; Will Rogers gave benefits to help people knocked down by the Depression, Myrna Loy worked with the U.N., Bob Hope traveled extensively to entertain U.S. troops, Marlon Brando was involved in Native American causes, Paul Newman's been giving to charities for decades, Harry Belafonte was part of the civil rights movement, Audrey Hepburn gave UN childrens' charities a big boost.
MSucre MSucre 9 years
What's with all these movie stars adopting a cause all of a sudden. Seriously, can anyone explain the trend to me?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I thought actors were suppose to keep their mouths shut and we weren't suppose to listen to them. Yes, I'm being a smart ass. Remember it's the person not the profession. Cheers! And go Ms. Judd.
stephley stephley 9 years
I do think having Ashley Judd and Nicole Kidman visit these people and present their stories does make the situation more accessible - though I'm not sure why.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
I agree NYF! It breaks my heart to know that there are innocent kids out there going through this horrific situation.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
If I had the funds, I'd buy as many people as I could, train them, and give them the chance to get on their feet. Then I'd work them like the dogs that they are... (jk)
NYFashionista NYFashionista 9 years
Good for her. This industry is beyond sickening. It's really a sad situation to know that human trafficking exists and we really can't do much about it as individuals.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Ashley spent time in a brothel? Wish I could've been there for that... :evil:
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