April 14th, 2011
01:32 PM ET

Moore, Kutcher: Join our crusade to end child sex trafficking

"There's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today," Ashton Kutcher tells CNN's Piers Morgan. "If you don't do something to stop that - that's when there's something wrong with you."

In their first-ever joint prime time interview, actress Demi Moore and actor Ashton Kutcher joined Thursday's "Piers Morgan Tonight."

The husband-and-wife team launched The Demi & Ashton Foundation (DNA) after a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in January. They met a girl who had been trafficked into the United States by her pimp, who brought her into a field where she was repeatedly raped on a trash bag by 30 men. The DNA Foundation stands for the fundamental right to freedom for every person - because it's within our DNA.

"It just seemed impossible to live in a world where that was going on and not do something about it," said Moore. FULL POST

April 14th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

How to help: The role of technology

Although the basic characteristics of slavery haven’t changed over time, the ways in which we can fight against this atrocity have. Victims around the world are still being physically and emotionally abused, as well as economically exploited, but we are constantly learning and developing new ways to assist the victims and track down the traffickers.

A good example of this is how the role of technology has evolved within the abolitionist movement. FULL POST

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April 14th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Saving a stranger from slavery

[cross-post from NewsStream]

Right now, imagine you are reading a plea for help from someone you have never met. You believe the two women in a photo are about to be forced into a life of prostitution.

Do you carry along as usual? Should you write back with advice? Or do you take action?

Last May, a tale of suspected human trafficking unfolded in real time on MetaFilter.com. A regular user of the community weblog started a thread called, "Help me help my friend in DC." FULL POST

April 14th, 2011
09:54 AM ET

Attacking the demand for child sex trafficking

By Siddharth Kara, Special to CNN

Editor’s Note: Trafficking expert Siddharth Kara is a Harvard fellow and author of the award-winning book, "Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery." For more than 15 years, he has traveled around the world to research modern-day slavery, interviewing thousands of former and current slaves. Kara also advises the United Nations and governments on anti-slavery research and policy.

I recently had the privilege of talking to CNN’s Piers Morgan about the “Real Men Don’t Buy Girls” campaign of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher’s DNA Foundation.

Siddharth Kara

This effort is intended to attack male demand to purchase commercial sex from minors, many of whom are by U.S. law prima facie victims of sex trafficking. (Related: Real men join stars in fight against slavery)

The importance of this effort cannot be overstated.

Most NGO’s and policy makers focus on the supply-side of sex trafficking, with efforts intended to protect people from being trafficked, such as awareness campaigns, education and economic training, and other efforts that attempt to mitigate the forces that render people vulnerable to being trafficked. All such efforts are crucial and should be expanded.

However, sex trafficking – like all forms of human trafficking – is a business, and for any business to survive it requires two forces: supply and demand. FULL POST