Ashley Judd Speaks At UN Against Human Trafficking

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Ashley Judd says she decided to lend her
voice against human trafficking after she "stumbled upon" the issue while visiting brothels, slums, hospices and other clinics in 12 nations to promote public health.
"I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard. I know
that compassionate listening helps me, and my goal was to help the U.N. help them," the actress said at a news conference Tuesday at U.N. headquarters in New York.
Judd is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. The two-time
Golden Globe nominee whose screen credits include "De-Lovely" and
"Kiss the Girls" has used her celebrity to focus attention on HIV/AIDS prevention to young adults around the world. She has been serving as a global ambassador for YouthAIDS, an education and prevention program of the group Population Services International.
"I do think that all of the issues are fundamentally connected. They all spring out of gender inequality," she told reporters.
About 2.5 million people worldwide, most of them women and children, are thought to be victims of the $32 billion annual industry of human trafficking, according to U.N. figures. The General Assembly met Tuesday for a "thematic debate" on the subject.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by ernest Location: lexington on Jun 5, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    I don't care as long as I can get what i wan't sa cheep as I can if human trafficking can get it for me cheep then go for it more to it
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 5, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    Please help Ashley help them while helping the UN help itself if you feel like helping. The HelpAID concert in Bangladesh this year is headlined by George Harrison, the late Beatle.
  • by Harley Location: Kentucky on Jun 5, 2008 at 02:17 AM
    Ashley is Beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside just..YEA YOU GO GIRL! I LOVE YOU!
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 4, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    Human trafficking is a serious crime and a serious problem. Most of the stuff we buy from China is made in sweat shops by young children (who are directly exposed to hazardous chemicals. Many women and children die to get into our country, only to be sold, raped, and murdered. Men, too. It's a huge problem, "popgirl". Pay attention! Have you seen Radiohead's "You're All I Need" video? Google or youtube it.
  • by popgirl Location: berea on Jun 4, 2008 at 10:39 AM
    who care's what she thinks !!! not me

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