March 25th, 2015
11:57 AM ET

The fight against child sex trafficking

In 2013, the Freedom Project went to Cambodia with Oscar-winning actress and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador against Human Trafficking Mira Sorvino. The result was "Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary" - which looked at child sex trafficking in the country.

Just this month, it was named "outstanding documentary" by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, winning a Gracie Allen award.

Sorvino says the film has raised awareness of the issue, helping to raise funds to build a school that, when completed, will offer hope for more than 1,000 children in the region.

“Primary and especially secondary education is extremely important in preventing trafficking,” she says. “It allows children to develop critical thinking skills to be able to defend themselves from traffickers and to have the skills that will enable them to have gainful employment to be able to support their families in other ways than being sexually exploited.”

But Sorvino adds that it’s not just about helping the victims. “The demand side really needs to be addressed,” she says. “If people weren’t trying to buy child sex it wouldn’t be being sold.”

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  1. antano1970

    a quick message to all the primates that need to sell their daughters like this:
    STOP SCREWING if you are already starving.
    Yes, I know it doesn't work as easy as that but ffs there is no reason this cute girl should need to endure that task just to help the family.

    March 27, 2015 at 10:12 am | Reply

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  2. Culturechange

    I didnt know CNN was still beating the drums on this subject. This Sorvino is about the 5th generation of celebrities to get into this. The rest quickly disqualified themselves with thier own personal problems.

    March 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm | Reply

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  3. Hinnu

    Who was the "john"? Was that some rich dude from a western country? Why is CNN not focussing on the Market creator?

    March 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm | Reply
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    March 28, 2015 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  5. Greg Carder

    So now because you try to make your self look good and get your photos on the internet and tell everyone where it is they can go and to have young girls, I did see also this on youtube. It is you so stupid Mira Sorvino what is next how to make a bomb? The world does not need so stupid people like you, better you leave this bad situation alone and not to make even more sad and grave this situation. You only want to become more famous, and you only have put this place on the map for the evil ones. Jump off a bridge please young girls will suffer because of you.

    April 3, 2015 at 11:59 am | Reply
  6. Adaora

    That's a good stuff. Am so glad there is a project like this over there. I actually run an NGO that is into similar goal. Am so inspired by this project to make a difference in the world. But how can d demand to buy children be addressed? How can it be stopped? How can we make buyers to stop thinking about it? I Love CNN Freedom Project #saynotochildtrafficking.

    September 7, 2015 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Greg Carder

      you only make it so you can be on tv and that you are someone special but he truth is you only let the world know where they can go to victimize these poor girls, nothing can be done in this society when I mother sells her own daughter you can do nothing about it but to advertise and to tell these creeps where to go to have this young girls. And is all you have done, can you not see this? leave alone these girls everybody

      September 8, 2015 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  7. Marjorie

    I'm an undergrad conducting research on human trafficking. I was wondering, besides the governments and policy makers working together, how can society help to eradicate or mitigate this issue?

    September 16, 2015 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  8. Vanessa

    As a survivor of trafficking myself. I would just like to say that i am not surprised but saddened at the lack of knowledge and sympathy most have concerning trafficking. By ignoring the issue or not publicly talking about it or even the places it happens you are allowing it to happen more. Trafficking prospers in areas where no one is talking about it and where no one thinks it is happening. This is a world wide problem. I was trafficked by my own mother right here in the United states. I did not come from a poverty area or family. I was sold for six years by my own mother out of my own home, in very nice, wealthy areas. Trafficking is not about poverty, it is about greed and perverseness. I was an only child. predators know where to find children. publicly acknowledging a place helps trafficking from happening there. predators dont want to be seen as who they really are so they are less likely to go where the public knows what goes on there. This article and publicity is helping those girls in the area and yes anyone can help. awareness is the best tool. learn about trafficking around the world and in your own area. and give victims a voice!!!

    September 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm | Reply
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    This is sick and I have no idea what kind of "man" can even call himself a man and do these things with kids. Bravo to the ones trying to show them a different way to make a living other than selling their kids

    September 12, 2016 at 6:54 pm | Reply
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