Actress and mother-of-three Susan Sarandon is speaking out against child sex trafficking in a new campaign aimed at raising funds for victims. The Oscar-winner is long known for her work with UNICEF and other humanitarian organizations and spoke recently with CBSNews.com about the horrors of this international problem.
The whole idea of sex trafficking with children is a nightmare you can’t even believe is real
Susan, who is mother to Jack, 20, Miles, 17, Eva, 25, points out that the child sex trade is not just happening overseas, but is a domestic problem as well. “Sex trafficking happens everywhere, she said. “People profit from it who are also connected to governments. It’s definitely exists within the United States…Kids coming from other countries. The problem exists right here.”
The statistics are sobering: By U.S. Justice Department estimates, anywhere from 14,500 to 17,500 foreign children are trafficked into the United States every year. But the number of U.S. children faced with being potentially trafficked is much higher – as many as 200,000 American children are at risk.