Why are they being treated like an infectious disease???
Watch the thrilling trailer-style short (above) and help spread this awareness!!!
Luckily! There IS a cure for The Girl Epidemic:
Educating a girl is the most effective cure. Because when you educate a girl, you make her a valued member of society and begin changing deep-seated social norms and injustices. Help a girl gain an education and stop this epidemic.
"Modern-day slavery is such a complicated issue, but we're trying to do what we can to make men think twice before they engage in this. The message to the guys is, these girls aren't who you think they are."
More from Ashton:
"Our doing this is not some sort of career strategy thing. In fact, I'd probably be doing a lot better in my career if I focused a little more on that and less on this stuff."
"When we looked for a subject where we could really help people and found this, I was seized by a feeling of wanting to find the guy who is raping a 7-year-old girl and just beat the (expletive) out of him, really take his guts out. Well, that feeling won't change for me five or 10 or 20 years from now, wanting to take that guy to the woodshed won't change, fighting for that girl won't change. So whether I'm tackling this on a large platform or am just a guy with a sign, I'll be doing this in 20 years."
And more from Demi:
"I guess I have my version of Ashton's wanting to beat the (expletive) out of someone, especially as I look at myself as a young woman. I know I was manipulated and taken advantage of when I was a teen, so I don't want to see that happen to any girl."
"When I was 15, I had a boyfriend who was 28, and back then, that didn't seem so strange. At least he was nice and not like the multitude of others who behaved not so well."
"The less face-to-face time boys get, the less they understand how real relationships work. That goes back to the culture we're creating, one which finds guys saying, 'If I can get sex easy like that (with a prostitute), why not?' "
More from Ashton:
"Look, this issue isn't AIDS or malaria. All you need to solve it is a little bit of thought and care. If the social web is anything, it's a collective consciousness. So if some young kid out there who's never thought about this winds up having a conversation at dinner, then we are moving one little dot over to the side of right."
Thus far, Ashton and Demi have already gotten a bunch of celebs to get involved with their cause, including Jason Mraz, Rumer Willis and her two sisters, Eva Longoria, Jessica Biel, and Sofia Vergara.
Thank you so much for raising awareness of this issue, Ashton & Demi! We seriously appreciate it!