Los Angeles: Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage is urging international community to stand up against organised crime and help victims of human trafficking.
The actor, who was named a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice last year, appealed to non-governmental organisation executives, judges, prosecutors, doctors and religious leaders to work together to eradicate the "highly contagious" problem.
"Organised crime is too big for communities or even states to confront on their own. States must work together... No part of the world is immune to trafficking and organised crime," imdb.com quoted him as saying.
He also highlighted the growing crime rates in impoverished, lawless communities in which victims are often forced into prostitution, piracy or the army, while others become addicted to drugs or infected with HIV.
He said, "There are many kinds of victims of organised crime, and...children are among the most vulnerable."