An Open Letter to Richard Gere on Pretty Woman

March 23, 2015 4:00 PM

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An Open Letter to Richard Gere on Pretty Woman

Dear Mr. Gere: It's been 25 years since you cemented your heart-throb status playing a buyer of sex. At the time the movie Pretty Woman was released, most Americans could be forgiven for not appreciating the roles that desperation, abuse and exploitation play in the sex trade.

But during the last few decades, sex trafficking -- prostitution involving girls and women sold for sex due to force and coercion -- has been exposed as a crisis that can't be denied. While many still bury their heads in the sand, the evidence is clear: millions of dollars are made every year by exp...

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