Moore was talking about child trafficking — "the dirty little secret."
She spoke yesterday in Washington DC at a panel discussion at the US Capitol and said sex trafficking of US children is a domestic issue that should be viewed with a greater sense of urgency.
When she said, "We are focusing on the effect and not the cause," I wanted to cheer. Yes, we need to rescue kids who are already trafficked — absolutely. But at the same time we need to stop the pipeline that feeds it.
That's what The Born2Fly Project does. Our goal is to reach kids before the traffickers do.
In January, Moore and her husband, actor Ashton Kutcher, launched the Demi and Ashton Foundation to bring attention to the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
"We've bought into the myths," Moore said, "I think, collectively as a society that the girl is choosing it, she likes it, she's making a lot of money. And, I tell you, you go into a room of 13-year-old girls and ask them to raise their hands if they want to be a prostitute and then tell me if they're gonna choose it, and I guarantee you that none of them will be raising their hands."
The panel discussion was organized by the DNA Foundation and the Rebecca Project for Human Rights.