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Jada Pinkett-Smith Joins “Dont Sell Bodies” Campaign to Fight Human Sex Trafficking
Inspired by her teenage daughter to get involved, Jada Pinkett-Smith recently joined forces with the United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton in the fight to help stop the trafficking of young girls for sex trade in the United States and were present in the State Department when Clinton released the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report.
Jada admits that it wasn’t until her daughter Willow Smith brought light to the situation that she was made fully aware of just how serious this problem was. Like many other parents in the United States who encourage their children to be weary of strangers and to watch out for any persons who may be acting in a suspicious manner, Jada admitted that it never crossed her mind that sex trafficking was such a common issue here in the United States.
“I was actually really quite ashamed that I didn’t know about this particular situation in our country, because when you think about human trafficking, you think about it ‘over there.’ Wherever ‘there’ is.”
Her guilt and lack of knowledge on the situation along with her daughters eagerness to be involved with the cause was enough to get Jada out of her seat and involved as well. Teaming up with DontSellBodies.org, Jada released a video called Nada Se Compara with her band for the cause.
Jada also states that after doing her own extensive research on the cause and problem, Willow has become more sensitive to how see deals with social communication and networking.
“She’s gotten very sensitive on how she deals with her social communication (online). Because as beautiful as the Internet is, it’s a conduit for this kind of activity. A lot of this happens on the Internet; young girls being sold,” Pinkett Smith says. “Really with Willow, I (hope to) keep her sense of self and of owning herself and of being in contact with her own power, because a lot of these young girls get caught up in this because they’re disempowered.
The face of trafficking in the United States, it’s really our kids who are being affected; really young girls,” she says. “It’s being able as a community to educate ourselves to know what this looks like. When you talk about modern-day slavery, you don’t see chains. It’s all about the mind. … So, it’s a very layered, complex issue that’s going to take some time for us to figure out how to pull apart. … Right now, we just have to get aware.”