5 July 2012

Action film star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Jackie Chan arrived in Myanmar today on a three-day mission to help combat child trafficking.

He'll be meeting children who've been trafficked and are receiving help to recover from the suffering and distress caused by this multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise. 

"Trafficking and exploiting children are horrific crimes," said Jackie.

"They leave life-long scars and rob children of their childhoods. Children are not for sale. For the sake of the world’s children, we must work hard to stamp out these damaging and criminal practices."

While in Myanmar, he'll visit UNICEF-supported projects helping children at risk of being trafficked, including those without parental care and children who are living and working on the street. He'll also meet with government and police representatives to discuss the problem of child trafficking.

If families know more about how to protect themselves, the risks of children being trafficked can be reduced. Jackie Chan plans to deliver messages about self-protection to young people in Myanmar during his visit. 

"Jackie Chan is hugely popular in Myanmar and he is a strong and dedicated advocate of child rights," said Ramesh Shrestha, UNICEF Representative in Myanmar.

"Children and teenagers are inspired by his martial arts skills, bravery, adventure and humour. He will be a source of inspiration and encouragement."

 
Jackie Chan has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2004, using his celebrity status as a vehicle to promote humanitarian progress for the most disadvantaged children. © UNICEF/VTNA2005-00033/Horner
Jackie Chan has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2004, using his celebrity status as a vehicle to promote humanitarian progress for the most disadvantaged children.© UNICEF/VTNA2005-00033/Horner

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