Twilight star Kristen Stewart to set up halfway houses for teen prostitutes

After receiving a $25 million paycheck for her role as Bella in the upcoming Twilight film Breaking Dawn, Kristen Stewart plans to put her fortune to good use. In an interview with Vogue, Kristen Stewart revealed plans to fund a network of halfway houses to help teenage prostitutes forced into the sex trade underworld get back on their feet. 

Kristen Stewart’s role as a teenage prostitute in the 2010 film Welcome to the Rileys inspired the 20-year-old actress to help others recover from the bleak sex trade underworld. In the film, she plays a teenage runaway and stripper who slips into the world of prostitution.

Courts and law enforcement are treating teen prostitutes as child abuse victims and their pimps as human traffickers; New York laws requires teen prostitutes to be sent to rehabilitation programs instead of juvenile detention. Statistics show teen prostitutes tend to have been victims of sexual abuse in their childhood. 

Kristen Stewart hopes her charity will help the young women. “That would be amazing. Right now it’s the thing I feel most connected to.”
 

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