- The average age of entry into forced prostitution in the U.S. is thirteen
- Ninety percent of youth trafficked for sexual purposes in the U.S. are citizens of our own country
- Hundreds of thousands of American girls and boys are currently enslaved in the U.S.
- An estimated one million children are forced to work in the global sex industry every year
- The global sex slavery market generates a $39 billion profit annually
- Selling young girls is more profitable than trafficking drugs or weapons
To create a video by inserting your own photo with a celebrity supporter, go to the DNA Foundation Facebook page and click on the “Real Men” application tab. The application allows you to insert your own photo into the celebrity video – in order to create your very own “Real Men” video. After the video is created, you can share it with your friends by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The goal is for as many people as possible to watch the videos, create a personalized video, and spread the word about child sex slavery. All videos can be viewed at www.demiandashton.org/realmen. It was really easy and took me only a couple of minutes to do.
A second component to the campaign is the “DNA T-shirt Challenge.” DNA has partnered with Threadless, a community-based design company, and retailer Steven Alan to create t-shirts around the concept of freedom. More than 200 artists submitted designs and 60,000 votes were cast to determine the winners. The two tees selected (one of which is "Freed" by Alex Solis, pictured left) will be sold at Threadless.com and Stevenalan.com, as well as in all Steven Alan stores, with a percentage of proceeds going to DNA.
Ashton Kutcher said it best, “Child sex slavery is a difficult issue to think about, which makes it all the more important that we do. Real Men do not ever buy children for sex. Period.” Added Demi Moore: "People don't realize child sex slavery is a serious problem in the United States. Young girls are victimized in the commercial sex industry every day. No 13-year-old girl chooses to be exploited for sex. Real Men love, care, and protect girls. Real Men don’t buy girls.”
More information and links to other sources on modern day slavery can be found on the DNA Foundation website and the website for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, which operates the Human Trafficking hotline: 1-888-3737-888.
Please check out the DNA Facebook page and the DNA Twitter feed and spread the word: Real Men Don't Buy Girls.