Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Celebrities against slavery: Sarah Jessica Parker & Gabourey Sidibe fight Brooklyn sex trafficking

Actress Gabourey Sidibe
Photo: Livingston/Getty

Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gabourey Sidibe are lending their star power in the fight against human trafficking in Brooklyn.

District Attorney Charles Hynes established a special sex trafficking task force to combat the growing problem within Brooklyn. Parker and Sidibe have joined the DA's office to create public service announcements about sex trafficking in Brooklyn and to raise awareness of the trafficking hotline 718-250-2770.

"These kids can be runaways or victims of abusive parents ...they're desperate, they're vulnerable and they're lost," said Oscar nominated Sidibe during a radio spot. "It makes me sick to think of those animals taking 12-, 13-, and 14-year-old girls and renting them out to a John."

"At least 100,000 American children are trafficked into prostitution in the United States each year," Parker said in a PSA. "It's important that we fight this plague that affects the lives of so many of our children...Let's help the Brooklyn DA get these dangerous people off the streets."

District Attorney Hynes announced the indictment of alleged pimp David Young, last Thursday.

Young, 27, is charged with forced prostitution of a 22-year-old immigrant, and mother, from Germany into the sex trade.

"He deprived of her food, he took away the passports of the victim and her children, he beat her and he branded her, forcing her to get tatoos that read 'Daddy's Girl' and 'One Dinero,'" said Hynes.

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