Child Sexploitation

From RedLightChildren.org:

Home_photo_bot_1The REDLIGHT CHILDREN Campaign is the latest phase of a journey that began in 2002 with New York Lawyer Guy Jacobson. While traveling in Phnom Penh, Jacobson encountered a barrage of young girls, some just 5-years old, aggressively soliciting prostitution. The horror was not lost on him. Shortly thereafter, he began gathering together a passionate group of advocates determined to protect young children in danger of becoming part of the global sex trade.

Their efforts include The K11 Project – three films created and produced by an ambitious group of filmmakers, stars and activists. Each film is based on real-life experiences in the underage sex trade. Learn more.

Today, “Expose it. Fight it. End it.” is our rallying cry. It inspires us as we raise awareness via mass media, emboldens us as we pressure governments for more effective legislation; and reawakens us during our never-ending search for additional public and private resources.

More info here.  Also, my friend Reshma Alva has sent me the following message:

If you are available this Friday, September 8, from 6:00pm-8:00pm, I hope you will join me and the RedLight Children campaign at the United Nations for a film screening and panel discussion on the global problem of child sexploitation.

As some of you know, this was originally going to be our launch event for the campaign, but because a few high-level people had last minute scheduling conflicts, we thought it better to postpone the launch and use this opportunity to show extended excerpts about Priority Films’ three full-feature films about child trafficking and child prostitution in Cambodia, followed by a rich discussion by a high level panel who are experts on the subject.

The event is free to the public.  Because of the security at the UN, you must rsvp at rsvp@priorityfilms.com by noon on Friday, September 8, and bring a valid ID with you.  Please pass this on to as many people as you know.  This is going to be a really interesting evening at the UN, and you don’t have to be a politician or activist to get something out of it.  We have a very large UN conference room, and we want to get the word out to a lot of people as this kind of opportunity and capacity does not come up that often!

WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2006: 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (non-UN pass holders, please arrive a half-hour before the event with a valid ID to pass through security)

WHERE: UN Headquarters, New York, New York, 46th St & 1st Ave visitor’s entrance