Jada Pinkett Smith fights human trafficking

    Jada Pinkett Smith continued to use her fame for good this week as she spoke to Congress on Tuesday urging them to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.

    Jada spoke during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and shared that she plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness and spur action against human trafficking and slavery, The Associated Press reported.

    Almost 150 years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the slaves in the U.S., the “old monster” of slavery “is still with us,” Jada said.

    Her daughter Willow, who sat nearby alongside her famous father Will, made Jada aware of the issue. Willow and Will both wore T-shirts reading “Free Slaves.”

    The actress told the stories of three American survivors of human trafficking and slavery who were present at the hearing. She also called for an extension of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which provides funding to combat trafficking and help trafficking victims. The act also created a taskforce, which coordinates among federal agencies to implement policies against human trafficking.

    “Fighting slavery doesn’t cost a lot of money,” Jada said. “The cost of allowing it to exist in our nation and abroad are much higher. It robs us of the thing we value the most: our freedom.”

    Get more from Jada. Watch the video below.

    —Chelsea Boone

     

     

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