|Ricky Martin speaks to reporters at the UN.|
Ricky Martin has become a leading spokesperson in the fight against child sexual exploitation, and was recently named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
“I started working when I was nine years old, but it was my choice,” said Mr. Martin. “These children do not have a choice. They’re forced into slavery,” he said.
Trafficking in children is a global problem affecting large numbers of children. Some estimates have as many as 1.2 million children being trafficked every year. Children and their families are often unaware of the dangers of trafficking, believing that better employment and lives lie in other countries.