Despite their being a slight tendency for more girls to be born than boys, he observed that their are actually more boys in the world. This is in large part due to the estimated 60-120 million missing girls around the world. Sadly in some countries when their isn't food enough to go around, it is the girls that are the first to go hungry. Many couples also abort girls, with hopes that they might have a son to support them in their later years.
The marketing of sex trafficking is also occurring through the BackPage publication. Pressure needs to be placed on this publication, which is linked to Village Voice media.
Mr. Kristof concluded that helping people is often harder than we think. However, though we may not be successful in making effective change in others, we are certain to help ourselves by engaging in a cause that is larger than ourselves.
This event was sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.