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While no one would ever confuse Lindsay Lohan’s reputation with that of Mother Teresa’s (or Angelina Jolie’s, for that matter), they do have one thing in common: Concern for the underprivileged in India.
The BBC recently released a trailer previewing its documentary, Lindsay Lohan in India, which follows the actress’ weeklong visit in December to the subcontinent. Lohan's intent? To investigate the trafficking of women and children. According to the BBC, during her journey, Lohan met young boys who work 16-hour days for pitiful wages, under the constant threat of beatings. In Kolkata, she visited a shelter where young girls promised employment as maids were instead forced into brothels. She also encountered a reformed trafficker who once lured girls away from their families. To find out why a parent would send a child away to work, the 23-year old starlet also traveled to rural West Bengal, a painfully impoverished province.
In the trailer, it’s clear Lohan is searching for answers and confused by what she encounters. Confronting a mother who allowed traffickers to take her daughter away, Lohan, dressed demurely in a black headscarf, asks through a translator, “Didn’t you hear from other traffickers that children were abused? And that some girls were raped and prostituted and subjected to horrible things?”
It’s difficult to establish what prompted Lohan to crusade for human rights in India, opting for seven days of salwar kameezes (Indian garb) and brothel visits over Gucci handbags and L.A. nightclubs. But dozens of bloggers and commenters have snickered at the thought of reformed party-girl Lohan communing with the poor in India. One snarky example of online commentary: “I am sick of these spoiled stars exploiting the poor to improve their own PR.”
Dina Lohan is convinced that the trip has improved the life of at least one person -- namely, her daughter.
"It was an amazing, life-changing experience for her," the Lohan matriarch told People magazine. "I'm so proud of Lindsay, that under all the scrutiny the tabloids put her under, she is a very strong, caring, talented girl who ignores all the negative, and continues to move forward in a positive direction. I am so proud of her."
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