WASHINGTON – Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith urged Congress on Tuesday to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.
The actress testified during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that she plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness and spur action against human trafficking and slavery. She said slavery is still with us, almost 150 years after slaves were freed in the U.S.
Fighting slavery doesn’t cost a lot of money. The costs of allowing it to exist in our nation and abroad are much higher, the actress said. It robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom.