TV Picks: Mira Sorvino (@MiraSorvino) will appear on CNN’s “Around the World” show Friday (12pET) Feb. 9 to discuss ‘Every Day in Cambodia.’
Cambodia has a young population and awareness about the dangers of modern day slavery is spreading, thanks in part to student activists. During filming for the documentary “Every Day in Cambodia”, actress Mira Sorvino met some of the teenagers who are warning communities against falling for the traffickers’ false promises.
‘Every Day in Cambodia: A CNN Freedom Project Documentary’ premieres on CNN/US Sunday, February 9 at 7pET
‘Every Day In Cambodia’ is a powerful CNN Freedom Project documentary which follows Academy Award-winning actress and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador to Combat Human Trafficking Mira Sorvino on a disturbing yet ultimately hopeful journey to Cambodia, where she shines a light on modern-day slavery.
Far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Sorvino speaks to survivors and urges governments to prosecute traffickers, demanding to know why the Cambodian government is still allowing this outrage to happen. Three mothers also reveal why they allow their young daughters to be so cruelly exploited.
“The brave Cambodian girl survivors who shared their stories broke my heart,” she said. “But their incredible spirits inspire me to continue fighting this atrocious scourge until all the victims can be brought to safety and their traffickers to justice.”
Sorvino teams up with American activist and founder of Agape International Missions (AIM) Don Brewster, who has dedicated his life to rescuing and rehabilitating young girls from sex trafficking in Cambodia. These young victims are sold to pedophiles who pay hundreds of dollars to have sex with pre-pubescent virgins. To many of these young girls, Brewster is their hero.
The hour-long film also looks at how AIM’s work in Cambodia is supported by other organizations like 3Strands, which provides sustainable work for rescued victims of human trafficking.
“This is one of the most remarkable and difficult documentaries CNN has produced through the Freedom Project,” said Tony Maddox, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for CNN International. “This is tenacious and fearless journalism, and we are immensely proud to be able to highlight this crucial story and help act as a champion for change.”
Mira Sorvino says:
I have been an activist on the issue of human trafficking since 2004, the year I was expecting my first of four children. I was spokeswoman for Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women campaign, which brought the issue of modern-day slavery to light for me. Before this, I was blissfully unaware that slavery was alive and well – it had just gone underground. Meeting survivors of human trafficking changed my life, and deepened my commitment to fighting this terrible scourge that affects most every country around the world.
Since 2009 I have been a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Goodwill Ambassador Against Human Trafficking, one of the greatest honors and challenges of my life. I have interviewed scores of survivors in many countries, as well as government officials, NGO workers, law enforcement and even a man responsible for sex trafficking about 4,000 girls from Latin America to European club-brothels.