During the panel, Nicholas Kristof was asked why he chooses to focus so much on issues of sex trafficking in his columns. Kristof replied that it all began with a trip that he took to Cambodia where he witnessed and interviewed two young girls who were sold to brothels. Even after Kristof paid a sum of money to the brothel to ‘purchase’ the girls in return for their freedom, one of the girls actually returned to the brothel because of her drug addiction – a sad testament to the fact that the girl was in effect trapped within her predicament, and even money could not help her. (Spoiler alert: Kristof later revealed in the book that the girl had a happy ending). Hopefully with the launch of this book, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will be able to raise awareness and generate a healthy dialogue on these issues in the global arena.
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