The Puerto Rican singer traveled to the Asian country to promote the fight against human trafficking

Por People Staff
Updated Marzo 31, 2008

Continuing his humanitarian efforts all around the world, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin visited Cambodia Wednesday, where he met with the country's Interior Minister Sar Kheng to promote the fight against sexual exploitation and human trafficking. He also visited a shelter for abuse victims in the Asian country.

“I'm not going to stop. All of you are my heroes. You are a gift of my life,” the 36-year-old singer said as he sat on the floor of the rescue center, AFESIP (Acting for Women in Distress Situations), a French non-government organization that combats human trafficking in the Siem Reap region, in the northeast part of the country.

During his touching visit, Martin met a 22-year-old woman who contracted HIV after being sold to a brothel. When the ‘Tu recuerdo” singer picked up her 3-month-old daughter, the woman burst into tears, begging Martin to continue fighting for the cause. The musician also listened a 14-year-old abuse victim sing a song in protest of human trafficking. “She sings like an angel,” said Martin.

Other celebrities joining the fight against human trafficking include British actress Emma Thompson and the First Lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak, among others. Martin declared that he plans to use what he learned in Cambodia to help combat sexual exploitation in Latin America.