Ricky Martin: Fights human trafficking
Pop star Ricky Martin will raise awareness about human trafficking in Cambodia. He has taken it as fight against child trafficking.
After arriving in the country on Wednesday, Martin met with Interior Minister Sar Kheng and visited various projects run by non-governmental organizations fighting child trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Ricky Martin came to know about Cambodia's child trafficking problems in last February during a three-day United Nations conference in Vienna. He joined Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak and other dignitaries in calling for action.
He has established the Ricky Martin Foundation to fight. The executive director of the Ricky Martin Foundation, told The Associated Press on Saturday, "This is a fact-finding mission for us".
Some 2.5 million people are involved in forced labour as a result of trafficking, and 161 countries, on every continent and in every type of economy are affected by the crime, the UN said.
U.N. figures show, most victims are between the ages of 18 and 24, and an estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year.
Usually the Ricky Martin Foundation does most of its work in Latin America.