The DNA Foundation -- a not-for-profit organization initiated in January by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher -- has announced plans to end child slavery in Haiti by banning a centuries old practice that allows the buying and selling of children for labor purposes.
There are approximately 300,000 "restavec" children in Haiti -- those who are sent from their own family to live with another, often for economic reasons. Too often, these children are sold for money and forced to do housework and sleep on the floor.
Ashton Kutcher asserted that making this issue known during the reconstruction process is imperative to assuring that these children are released from slavery. "We call on donor governments, foundations and non-governmental organizations to demand that child slavery be banned as they fund the $11.5 billion that the Haitian government has requested," he said. "We will work to educate all of the major donors and members of the United States Congress on this opportunity."
The DNA Foundation is committed to ending child sex slavery around the world and rehabilitating victims of human trafficking.