|Kellan Lutz supports & hosts the Saving Innocence Benefit.|
Tonight was an important night for 27 year old, talented actor Kellan Lutz because he is truly an advocate for saving lives. He not only supports many other charitable organizations such as St. Bernard's Project and Unlikely Heroes, but he also supports Saving Innocence. Tonight he hosted the first annual Saving Innocence Dinner Gala in Beverly Hills to raise money for young children that are forced into sex slavery also known as human trafficking.
|Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings) on the red carpet.|
Thousands of children ages 9-17 are being sold everyday for sex in Los Angeles and Orange County. These girls come from all walks of life and as soon as they step off the bus from running away from home, they are picked up within 48 hours and placed in an environment where they are forced to become prostitutes for low life pimps. Some children have been kidnapped and even coerced by men on Facebook, yes Facebook! These pimps put out ads on Craigslist for sex in exchange for money, or sell them to men who want their own personal sex slave in their own home. They tell the young girls that if they don't do as she's told then they will beat her, kill her and her family, and even go as far as kidnapping her younger sister and forcing her to become one of their sex slaves as well.
|Saving Innocence Invitation|
You see it's not just happening overseas as in the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand or any other third world country, it's happening right here in our own back yard! It's happening to your neighbors, your friends or acquaintances. It can also happen in your very own family.... can you fathom your aunt, your sister or even your own child being kidnapped or picked up after running away to a life of degredation, abuse, and slavery? Because that is exactly what it is, slavery in the 21st century happening right here in our country, in our state, and in our very own cities. Los Angeles and Orange County has developed the largest human trafficking ring and is the number one crime business, beating out organized crime in the selling and distributing illegal drugs.
|Striped Bass, Organic Roasted Chicken, Vegetable Risotto, Asparagus Spears & Carrots|
|Yes we had cotton candy for dessert, I started laughing as the waiters were bringing this out :)|
|More dessert: Chocolate Mousse Hazelnut Tart, Fruit Tart & Cre'me Brulee|
I myself felt very moved and emotional by Kellan Lutz's speech about this issue happening right before our eyes, and yet we are oblivious to it and this is why Saving Innocence, a non-profit organization was formed with the assistance of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force, we as a society can help these young children that desperately need our help. Their mission statement is to:
PREVENT human trafficking
RESCUE youth from crisis
RESTORE their innocence, their health, & their dreams
Can you believe that this modern-day slavery is one of the greatest violations of human rights in our world? It affects over 27 million children, women and yes even men. Tonight we not only heard from Kellan Lutz speak about this issue, we also heard from Kim Biddle, Executive Director of Saving Innocence who began her work with human trafficking in 2003, and two young courageous girls Patrice Stewart and Simone Miller who were rescued and continues to this day to struggle with the horrific life they once had on the streets.
|Simone Miller & Patrice Stewart|
|Leilei & Kellan Lutz|
|Leilei & Annalynne McCord (90210)|
|Kellan Lutz & Brianna|
|Charles & Kellan Lutz|
|Annalynne McCord (90210) & Brianna|
|Brianna & Ryan Ochoa (Pair Of Kings)|
|Brianna & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)|
|Charles & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)|
|Charles & Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings)|
|Leilei & Brian White (Game Plan, Fighting & Beauty & The Beast)|
|Leilei & Ryan Ochoa (Disney's Pair Of Kings)|
|Brianna, Zachary Levi (Chuck, Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Tangled & Thor 2), Leilei & Charles|
|Leilei & Charles|
|Leilei & Kellan <3|
He took some photos with me and my friends Charles Paz and Brianna Aguilera and thanked them for coming out to support Saving Innocence, it meant a great deal to him. Lastly I told him that I had recruited other friends and acquaintances that I had met at Tentcity to the benefit and he was just so grateful that they donated money for this cause. I told Kellan towards the end of the evening that I would be making a monthly donation because I want to make a difference in these girl's lives, to "buy their freedom" and the look that he gave me was priceless....he just kept saying "thank you, thank you so much...." whilst shaking his head. Kellan is a big guy with a big heart ....and he means every word.
|If you would like to make a single or a monthly donation please go to www.savinginnocence.org|