Actress Jada Pinkett Smith sat down for an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, sharing her knowledge of the trafficking crisis at hand and how an encounter with actress Salma Hayek prompted Smith to lend her own voice to the cause. She also touched on why she chose to appear naked in her latest video “Nada,” and the message she was trying to relay by singing the song in Spanish.
“We've always looked at human trafficking as being a problem over there, somewhere else, but it's actually happening inside of our borders … in our own backyard,” Smith said. For her, the battleground is Oakland, where she's been boning up on information and drawing up an advocacy plan.
“Oakland is basically the center of my education. [It's] where they've created the H.E.A.T. Watch program, which is a task force specifically trained to deal with human trafficking,” she said. It's also where officials have begun to close in on child trafficking rings and earlier this month shuttered two motels thought to be hotbeds for illegal activity.
According to the Los Angeles Times, California is home to three of the FBI's 13 highest-ranked areas for child-sex trafficking — Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. (read more)