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January 18th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

UNICEF Ambassador Actress Angie Harmon on combating child trafficking: Children 'need someone to fight for them'

Actress Angie Harmon is best known for her tough talking characters on television shows like "Law and Order" and now "Rizzoli And Isles." The 2012 Gracie Award winning actress and mother of three is hoping to take that star power and get tough in her new role as a UNICEF ambassador to help raise awareness about child trafficking.

In her UNICEF'S End Trafficking PSA, Harmon says, “I believe that ZERO children should be forced into prostitution or made to work, especially at dangerous jobs. I look forward to working with UNICEF to help reach a day when every child has a safe and healthy childhood.” This morning on "Starting Point," Harmon talks with Soledad O'Brien on her mission to end child trafficking.

There are an estimated 5.5 million victims of forced labor and child trafficking worldwide. Harmon stresses the extreme vulnerability of these children.

“They're already out there on their own. As resilient as they are, they are going to be victimized because they're targeted,” she says. “They’re children.”

Harmon urges people to take time to visit to see the extent of exploitation these children are driven to, and to see if it is children who are making “our wine, our tea, our coffee, the bricks that makes our homes,” because it is widespread. “It’s not just prostitution that children are being put into. It’s work environments. It’s hard, grueling labor.”

Harmon is now dedicated to being a voice for these child victims of exploitation and fight for them through UNICEF. “They can't defend themselves, so they need an advocate,” she says. “They are our future. They are who we have to believe in and support. And I think any healthy a healthy child, someone who knew they were loved, knew they were believed in, knew they were cared for, protected and all of those wonderful things that none of these children have.”

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