Each year, 25 percent of the 1.2 million human trafficking victims are U.S. children.
While the U.S. has made the act of sex with a minor under the age of 16 illegal, the law often backfires for those forced into underage prostitution who ultimately end up being sent to juvenile hall.
Actress and activist Susan Sarandon is trying to help pass legislation that will ensure that children will not be criminally “prosecuted for their own abuse and exploitation”.
Sarandon has teamed up with End Child Prostitution And Trafficking (ECPAT-USA), The Body Shop and various other high profile activists to demand that every state in the country enact Safe Harbor laws that offer immunity to sexual slave victims.
Interested in standing up for this worthy cause? How about adding your name to their online petition, purchasing The Body Shop’s Soft Hands Kind Heart hand cream (100% of the $10.00 purchase price will support the ECPAT-USA) and/or spreading the word about this campaign to all of your tweeps, peeps and other assorted social networking homies? Check out Sarandon’s video below!
Via Huffington Post