Jada Pinkett Smith is taking a stand against human trafficking and sex slavery — with the encouragement of her young daughter, Willow Smith. Willow was reportedly so moved by watching the Kony 2012 video that she started to do some research into the issue of child trafficking. USA Today says that Willow then went to her mother and said, ,”Mommy, you don’t know what’s happening!’” Jada said that she told her daughter, “Hold up, pause right there! And, she was like, ‘I’ve got to give my voice to this. These young girls out there need me.’”
Along with her husband, Will Smith, Jada visited the State Department yesterday (June 19, 2012) for Hillary Clinton’s release of the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report. Pinkett Smith has declared that she intends to continue campaigning to raise awareness of the issue, now that she knows how much of a problem it is. “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.”
She has already recorded a song, ‘Nada Se Compara’ for the Dontsellbodies.org website, with her band Wicked Evolution. Salma Hayek stars in the video for the song. “When you talk about modern-day slavery, you don’t see chains,” said Jada. “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.”
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