Demi Moore to Host Documentary on Child Trafficking for CNN
While Ashton Kutcher is focusing on comedy Two and a Half Men, his wife, Demi Moore, has announced more serious plans.
Moore will narrate and anchor an hourlong CNN special on child trafficking, called Nepal's Stolen Children, to air June 26. For the special, Moore will meet girls as young as 11 who were forced into prostitution before being saved by a Nepalese nonprofit, the New York Times reports.
In reporting the special, Moore also interviews Nepal’s prime minister, Jhalanath Khanal, and follows a young girl home to see if her family will accept her despite the social stigma of sex trafficking in her culture.
Moore and Kutcher run the non-profit DNA Foundation, which aims to educate and stop human trafficking and child sex slavery.
Said Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and managing director of CNN international, of the decision to have Moore be the face of the subject for the network, "This wasn’t, ‘We’ll get more publicity if we work with someone high profile, so let’s go find someone high profile.’ This was, ‘Who are the leading players in this field?'"
It airs in the fourth month of the CNN Freedom Project, the network's campaign against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, which is running through the end of 2011.
“It’s an issue of fundamental humanity,” Maddox tells the Times. “When that humanity has been violated, there is a moral responsibility to say that this is wrong.”
CNN has been airing reports on slavery three times a week domestically, and more often internationally. The network will ramp up its coverage on the topic the week of June 19, when the State Department releases its annual report on human trafficking.