Redbook magazine has an article up at their website and in the September issue of their magazine about the upcoming PBS/Half The Sky documentary. The article features quotes from four of the actresses involved with the project. Below you can read Meg’s comments and see the page from the magazine.
“When you educate a boy, you educate a boy. When you educate a girl, you educate a village.”(…) “Nick took me to Cambodia to meet girls who had been sold into the sex trade. Girls get sold by families who are desperately poor, and if they escape and go to the police, the cops will just sell them back into prostitution. Right now, it’s more punishable to pirate a DVD than to sell a girl into the sex trade. Amazingly, these girls don’t see themselves as victims. They have dreams, and believe that with help, they can change their circumstances. And they’re right. If we can keep them in school and out of slavery, we will change not only their lives but the lives of everyone around them.”
HOW TO HELP: “Be aware,” says Meg. “But also,” says Nick Kristof, “realize that what we saw in Cambodia happens at home, too. In America we still arrest far more prostitutes than we do pimps or customers.” Support programs like the Somaly Mam Foundation abroad (somaly.org), which helps girls escape sexual slavery, and GEMS (gems-girls.org), which does the same work here in the U.S. SOURCE