“A Woman’s Body Should Not Hold Shame” Jada Pinkett-Smith Likens Human Trafficking To Slavery

Jada Pinkett-Smith is a woman on a mission. She is so passionate about fighting for women’s rights globally and she was a guest on Katie Couric’s talk show to talk about her advocacy to end this horrible institution.

She said she first became aware of the issue when her daughter (and pop star) Willow told her one day that there were young girls her age in the US being sold into slavery. At first Jada didn’t believe it, but upon doing her own research she was shocked and blown away to see this grotesque epidemic happening right under our noses in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”.

Katie Couric Show

She likens it to modern day slavery where women are forced from a very early age to think that they have no rights over their bodies and that they must do this to help their families. Jada teamed up with film siren Salma Hayek to make a confronting video about the sex trafficking industry. Directed by Hayek, Jada appears naked in the video to make a clear and strong statement about the issue.

When asked why she chose to appear naked, she tells Katie “We wanted to show the power of a woman’s body, that a woman’s body should not hold shame. And that a woman should have complete control over her body.”

Powerful words. And you can clearly see the passion and heart behind it as she speaks to the talk show host (video below).

The song is called ‘Nada Se Compara and is performed by Jada and her band Wicked Evolution, and was made for the Don’t Sell Bodies human rights organization that Jada has teamed up with.

According to their website there are estimated to be around 40,000 victims of human trafficking in the United States right now. On a positive note, violence against girls in the US is a human rights issue which means something can be done about it. People like Jada can lend her voice and platform, we as an audience can be informed, and together as a democratic society we can force our government and leaders to make a change.

Unfortunately there are many countries around the world where governments turn a blind eye and don’t care. Just look at the horrific gang rapes happening to women in India.

 

During the episode Katie invited guests on the show who had previously been entangled in a life of sexual slavery in the US. Their stories are gut-wrenching as the common thread between them all is that they were underage girls taken advantage of and traumatized for some sick twisted motive: money. It says in the bible “The love of money is the root of all evil”. Issues like this prove awfully true it is.

Katie talked about a documentary called ‘Not My Life’ during the one hour episode which documents young girls in America who have been abused and their stories. Here is the trailer:

Not My Life Trailer from Worldwide Documentaries on Vimeo.

Thank you Jada Pinkett-Smith for speaking out about such an atrocity. Thank you to Salma Hayek, Katie Couric, Don’t Sell Bodies and countless other groups willing to stand up and fight for the young women of this country and around the world.

A woman’s body is precious, strong and should be protected at all costs. It belongs to her, no one else.

If you are passionate about the human trafficking issue and want to get involved get in touch with us and we will point you in the right direction.

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