Mira Sorvino Strives to Stop Sex Slavery in Cambodia

    January 5, 2014
    Ashley Olds
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“It’s not okay to sell children! It’s not okay to sell children to pedophiles!”

Actress Mira Sorvino shouts this at locals in Svay Pak, Cambodia. To her fury, they had scattered when they saw the cameras following her as she recorded a documentary on child sex-trafficking. The CNN International film, “Freedom Project: Everyday in Cambodia” covers the lives of young Cambodian girls being sold into slavery – sometimes by their own family.

Some may know Sorvino best for her acting career and for being an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner. However, Mira has also been an activist against human trafficking for roughly a decade now. She began her initiative in 2004, around the time her first of four children was born. That year, she joined forces with Amnesty International, and was appointed Ambassador of Goodwill by the United Nations five years later.

These kinds of accolades are the ones of which she is most proud.

“Being a mom of four kids, you can not stand it.” Sorvino said during an interview. “You look at these kids and you know what they are suffering at the hands of adults who know very clearly what they are doing,”

The film, which premiered Saturday, follows Mira’s journey into the heart of Cambodian child sex trafficking. While there, she attempted to exploit the atrocious ongoings – like the sales of pre-pubescent girls to grown men and the part played by law enforcement.

In her online blog, she explains, “Corruption is endemic at every level of society here, an expert tells me – adding that every brothel here operates with the help of the police or military.” She later stated, “It is estimated that the child sex trade in Cambodia makes $500 million annually; this means a lot of high-level investment in this lucrative business.”

Mira conceded that simply portraying a problem isn’t sufficient to enact change. She thus tries her best to spread the message in a way that will spur others toward acting on the intense emotional response that accompanies seeing the abuse of a defenseless child. Indeed, by the end of her journey, she was able to share in the victory of at least one survivor she’d met.

Sorvinos’s hope about this girl’s bravery in court is that it will mark the start of a paradigm shift against the ongoing harm of others like her:

“Hopefully this case a harbinger of more justice to come, and will reverse the trend of dwindling human trafficking arrests and convictions. This should send a message out that Cambodia is willing to try to convict those who exploit young girls, followed by vigorous law enforcement and legal action that can truly end the impunity the criminals now enjoy.”


Thank you for your service, Mira!

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Image via Youtube

  • Cynthia

    Thank you for helping these young innocents. It’s not okay to sell children, just like she says. This is where our efforts need to be—to stop this unimaginable crime.

    • Issue of the Month

      Well, if American companies actually paid these people wages, then their parents wouldn’t sell them into slavery. A lot of comforts here come at the cost of people overseas.

      Doubt what I say? Go visit a sweat shop. I have. Lots of sweat shops in this world.

      We are all the cause of these things. In one way or the other, we are the cause. How do you think places like Walmart sell things so cheaply? It is because somewhere in this world someone is working for nothing to produce those items. Heck, I know that Hanes has contracts that use prison labor. Every wonder why a person gets 55 years for selling 350 dollars worth of pot? It is because prisons need the labor.

      We are all at fault in some way. There are no innocent people on this planet.

  • Jacob Charts

    Truly a great actress, and a incredible humanitarian. Many have achieved some great success in America, but only a handful put their time, money, energy and love to make a real contribution to help the planet. Truly a great woman and fellow human being. A hero in the eyes of many. Mira Sorvino

    • Issue of the Month

      Please. This is just the issue of the month. In two years, it will be some other cause.

  • http://Alexbrownracing.com Cynthia

    Mira, you are an incredible actress. Help us End Horse Slaughter and please speak up about that…Thank you…The horses need all the help they can get..We can’t do this alone and we need someone with starpower to speak up for the horses, ponies and donkeys

    The rest of us can call our representatives and the media and donate what little we have to horse sanctuaries or a few bucks to someone who owns a horse

  • Susan Brown

    Your an amazing person on the inside and out. I was raped as a child and passed around my birth family, to get taken away at 6 and adopted into a not so good of an adopted home at 10, I felt like a sex toy or a psychology expierement most of my young life. To help kids get out and saved from what was probably more horindious life than mine makes you a blessed soul. No publicity stunts, just hard work and true caring. I wish u the best of luck on this quest. I hope I have the honor of meeting you or just crossing a path with you someday. Advocate for those who can’t themselves!