Susan Sarandon Mothers Sex-Trafficked Girls
Find out what you can do to be more like Susan Sarandon and The Body Shop who have been working tirelessly to end sex slavery.
The celebs were out in full force Monday night at Capitale in NYC to give their star power and money to an incredible foundation, Somaly Mam. Notables such as Susan Sarandon, Petra Nemcova, Russell Simmons and Ally Sheedy showed up to show support for one amazing woman who sparked the fight to end child trafficking.
BettyConfidential was onsite to partake in the festivities, lament the heartbreaking stories and bask in the light of the remarkable lady who started it all, Somaly Mam—whom was sold into sex slavery herself as a child. She escaped and began the foundation to save other girls around the world from the terrifying trade.
Susan Sarandon took to the stage before hundreds of partygoers to give a touching speech about her dearest friend Somaly and the importance of the foundation to her as a mother and a person who believes every child deserves a chance. She then presented Phil Kowalcyck, president of The Body Shop Americas with an award. The Body Shop has risen over $700,000 for the foundation. Due to their vehement effort, the rescued girls not only have plenty of food to eat, but computers as well. Furthermore, thanks to their signature-collecting initiative, one day a sex slavery survivor will hopefully become “a doctor or journalist or lawyer” as Somaly herself would later put it.
Four teenage girls that Somaly saved from sex trafficking and rehabilitated were present to perform a dance for the awestruck crowd. After being privy to the spectacularly humbling event I can only ask that you go to your local The Body Shop today and donate any amount you can to the Somaly Mam foundation.
Sarah Polonsky is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.