Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Cage calls for fight against crime

Nicolas Cage has spoken out against organised crime

Nicolas Cage has said that nations must work together in the battle against organised crime.

The Oscar winner, a United Nations goodwill ambassador for global justice, said the threat posed by criminal networks is too big for communities or states to confront on their own so that countries must cooperate with one another.

"Organised crime is a deadly infection that preys on human beings," Nicolas told delegates at a conference aimed at boosting support for a UN convention to curb organised crime. "It sows fear and violence in cities, towns and villages around the world."

Nic warned that regions weakened by conflict, lawlessness and extreme poverty are especially susceptible to traffickers of illegal drugs, weapons and even humans.

"It feeds off instability, and also makes instability worse," he said.

Nic described being a UN goodwill ambassador as his "most challenging and meaningful role" yet and divulged that he even once considered leaving the movie business to devote more time to helping others.

"At some point I wanted to stop being an actor and start taking action," he said.

He was visibly touched when talking about child victims he met in Uganda and Kenya and a 15-year old Somali boy serving a 10-year prison sentence for piracy. These encounters were "heart-wrenching" and "deeply humbled" him, he said.

He also highlighted the role of judges, prosecutors, doctors, religious leaders and others in helping victims of organised crime, saying he now understood "who the world's real heroes are".

Nic won the Academy Award for best actor for his role in Leaving Las Vegas in 1995.

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Libra:

You always feel inspired to give loved ones gifts, favours and praise. The prospect of planning a party for a special friend makes you excited. Your leadership skills are impressive and can be used to create the social event of the season. Enlist the aid of friends, relatives and neighbours to handle smaller jobs. Working as a team will be lots of fun. Even small children will want to get involved. Let the little ones make decorations, fold napkins and assemble gift bags.More