Susan Sarandon
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Susan Sarandon
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Academy Award winner and Broadway star Susan Sarandon and 30 Rock co-star Katrina Bowden joined actress Somaly Mam, founder of the Somaly Mam Foundation, ECPAT USA Executive Director Carol Smolenski, and The Body Shop's Shelly Simmons to kick off the second phase of the US Stop Trafficking of Children & Young People Campaign on Friday, July 30 at Morgans Hotel in New York City.

The campaign will help lobby for "Safe Harbor" laws, protecting victims of sex trafficking from being arrested and prosecuted for prostitution. The US petition will officially launch in The Body Shop stores and online at www.thebodyshop.com/stop on August 2.

The Somaly Mam Foundation was founded in 2007 to help young girls escape from forced prostitution and help in the fight to combat human trafficking. ECPAT (End Child Prostition and Trafficking) operates in 75 countries as a network of organizations and individuals working to protect every child's right to grow up free from sexual exploitation.

Sarandon appeared on Broadway last year in Exit the King. She won the Oscar for Dead Man Walking and recently co-starred in The Lovely Bones. She is currently filming the pilot for HBO's The Miraculous Year, starring Norbert Leo Butz and Eddie Redmayne.

Somaly Mam, Carol Smolenski, and Shelley Simmons
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Somaly Mam, Carol Smolenski, and Shelley Simmons
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Katrina Bowden
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Katrina Bowden
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