How Social Media & Celeb Influence Can Help 'Bring Back Our Girls'

May 09, 2014

Attendees at Nomi Network's 4th Annual Gala shared with ET how celebrities and social media have helped put a spotlight on the human trafficking epidemic.

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"I think [social media is helping]," said The Good Wife actress Mamie Gummer, who emceed the event. "I think the more pressure that we put on our government and on the powers that lead to step up and take action, then the better that we all are."

According to their website, the Nomi Network is a "nonprofit that creates economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of human trafficking."

The issue of human trafficking has been in the forefront of many Americans' minds as of late due to the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria last month by Islamic militants. Many learned of the tragedy through the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, which has been re-tweeted by millions, including some notable celebrities.

The gala paid tribute to Shannon Sedgwick Davis, CEO of Bridgeway Foundation, and Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS shoes for their commitment to ending modern day slavery.

"I've been enthusiastic that at least this has come to the attention of Americans and that we're outraged about it," said Sedgwick Davis. "The Nigerian government has to do more and we need to pressure our own government to do more."



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