*10) Human Trafficking – Everyman, woman and child is a victim. Human traffickers face tougher sentences under legislation to go before Parliament. in the UK.
For the first time, we are learning of yet another sex scandal, but the Super Bowl is at the center of it. According to the Huffington Post, the Super Bowl is the No. 1 attractor for human traffickers.
Now this goes beyond prostitution and into the world of women being involuntarily sold into sex slavery throughout the country.
*Will and Jada Pinkett Smith went to Washington today with their 11-year-old daughter Willow to testify before Congress on the horrors of human trafficking and modern slavery.
As previously reported, Jada says Willow alerted her to the issue and encouraged her to launch a campaign to raise awareness and spur action.
As Will and Willow looked on, Jada testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urging them to step up the fight against trafficking in the U.S. and abroad. The hearing was called to discuss what tools are available to combat trafficking over the next decade.
Pinkett Smith said human slavery “robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom.”
All three had on t-shirts under blazers. Jada and Will’s tee read “Free Slaves.” At one point, Will gave his grey plaid sports jacket to Willow, who was wearing a black hat but needed more protection in the chilly hearing room, notes USA Today.
In a photo tweeted from the hearing, Willow is sitting behind Sen. John Kerry’s nameplate and holding a gavel up in the air.
“I’m getting radical on human trafficking!!!” she wrote.
Watch footage of their testimony below.
*Jada Pinkett-Smith has revealed that it was her daughter Willow who encouraged her to start working to raise awareness about human trafficking and sex slavery.
According to USA Today, Willow was so moved by watching the Kony 2012 video, that she began to research child trafficking within the United States. Willow said to her mother, “Mommy, you don’t know what’s happening!’” Jada told the newspaper, adding her reaction was to say, “Hold up, pause right there! And, [Willow] 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 said.
Jada 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. [Scroll down to watch.]
“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.”
*The Oprah Winfrey show did a lot to open our eyes to the underbelly of America in her expose’s on slavery in America.
In most cases, the people responsible for the “human trafficking” or, in this case, enslavement, is foreign people who bring their own people to the shores of promise and opportunity (also known as America). Well, they tell them that to get them here and then, literally, all hell breaks loose.
*People in America and throughout the world who want infants are not digging deep enough into these foreign adoptions to find out the origin of their baby’s mother.
They simply know that their prayers have been answered and the fee, in some cases, is minimal. But, the price is much higher for the mother who is providing these babies in Thailand. The mothers of some of these so-called “surrogates” have been raped, imprisoned and worse in order for these baby breeding farmers to make money through these human trafficking schemes.
A “farm” of this sort was just uncovered and shut down in Thailand after the government was alerted to the situation (more…)