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Children Sold for Sex & Labor | Victoria Pannell | TEDxYouth@SanDiego
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We have more slaves today than any other time in history. At age 12, Victoria Pannell was cast to play the role of “Monica” in a public service announcement to bring attention to online child sex trafficking. Once the shoot ended, Victoria knew this wasn’t really a wrap and embarked on a mission to stop modern day slavery happening right here in our own backyards.
Victoria Pannell is a 16-year-old actress and activist from Harlem, NY. Since age 10, she has been speaking publicly on topics ranging from mental health services for children to the devastating
effects on the family structure from absentee fathers. She is also nationally known for her work in fighting child sex trafficking.
TEDxYouth@SanDiego is an independently organized TEDx event designed by youth, for youth to bring the power of big ideas to the youth of San Diego -- and the world. http://www.TEDxYouthSanDiego.com

Victoria Pannell is a 16 year old actress and activist from Harlem,
NY. Since age 10, she has been speaking publicly on topics
ranging from mental health services for children to the devastating
effects on the family structure from absentee fathers. Victoria
has become nationally known for her work in fighting child sex
trafficking as well. Her PSA ad on child trafficking received a
Pollie Award which is voted on and presented by the American
Association of Political Consultants. Victoria feels the only way
change will happen for impoverished young people is giving them
tools that will have a positive impact on their future. Although
Victoria has been honored and received numerous awards for her
activism, she doesn’t do it for the recognition. She does it for the
overwhelming feeling of satisfaction that comes with a successful
fight for change.

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