*Jada Pinkett-Smith is working on a documentary for CNN about sex trafficking.
And she’s shedding light on ATL’s strip club culture and the dark, unsafe happenings for young women who become strippers and then, are sex trafficked.
Pinkett-Smith explained in a five-minute Facebook vlog women are being abducted right under everyone else’s noses.
And the ATL strip club scene is a breeding ground for sex trafficking.
“[I] went to a wonderful facility called Wellspring today and got to meet three really dynamic women who had been trafficked,” she said. “And I learned so much from them today.”
She added, “I think the thing that caught me was that one of the ladies — a really bright young girl — the gateway to trafficking for her was stripping. As we know, here in Atlanta the strip culture is pretty prevalent. She said she just wanted to be an independent chick. She wanted to make that money. She wanted to be that girl she saw in videos,” she said.
She continued to tell the young woman’s story about how she went from balling with money to being trafficked for sex.
“[She] went to the strip club and was making money and even decided, ‘Hey, a couple John’s here and there, it’s my thing I’m in control, I got this.’ Only to fall into the trap of no longer being in control and ended up being trafficked.”
Pinkett-Smith acknowledged it’s unfortunate young women consider stripping a good professsion.
“I missed that young women were perceiving stripping as a way of being independent and balling. I missed that,” she admitted.
The culture around stripping has changed since Pinkett-Smith grew up.
“I think that has something to do with my age because I was just talking to my girlfriend and I was like, “Hey, when we were coming up stripping was the bottom.” The stripping culture was not glorified when I was growing up. If you were stripping there was a problem. You were on drugs or something was wrong. Where as today, that’s not it. Girls look at strippers and go, “Yo, I want that!”
Watch Pinkett-Smith’s vlog below: