90210's AnnaLynne McCord Fights Against Human Trafficking
While AnnaLynne McCord has found stardom on Nip/Tuck and 90210, she has also turned to helping victims of human trafficking.
McCord, 22, is involved in the Blind Project, a non-profit organization that aims to tell the stories of those affected by the problem and to alleviate it.
McCord joins the other celebs such as Ricky Martin, Emma Thompson and Ashley Judd in the fight against what is essentially a form of slavery. Victims are typically used for prostitution or forced labor. The estimated annual revenue for trafficking: $5 billion to $9 billion.
The Blind Project, which derives its name derives from the thought that so many are blind to human trafficking, raises money for awareness campaigns and rehabilitation programs for those affected.
McCord, who plays Naomi on 90210, said: "It's been really incredible to be able to shed light on a billion-dollar industry that barely anyone knows about."
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"These are girls between the ages of 5 years old and 19. If you think of anyone that you know, any child that you know, and consider them being brutally molested time and again every single day -- it's something that I can't sit around and let it happen now that I'm aware of it."
McCord also spoke about the Blind Project's plans for a clothing and jewelry line called "We Are Biographers." Each item tells a real-life story of someone affected by trafficking. In Southeast Asia, where sex trafficking continues to be on the rise, the charity has set up work for those who escaped slavery and to help others not be taken in the first place.
McCord said the women "will be in a factory where they've learned how to sew and make jewelry. [They'll] work normal hours, get paid reasonable wages, and then we take [the designs] back here and sell them."
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By buying one of the items, McCord said, you can help fight human trafficking. "You can wear a T-shirt and when someone asks you where you got your T-shirt, you can tell them the story of the girl you're wearing. That's what we're hoping to achieve."
The launch date for the line has not been set, but you can get more information at The Blind Project's Web site.