Atlanta Georgia: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith joins the list of celebrities such as Jasmine Guy, who are advocates against child trafficking. Jada is currently shooting a documentary for CNN, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her post on facebook about her first day shooting has created much social media buzz. She attended Well Spring , where she met three dynamic woman. This encounter opened Jada’s eyes on persecution.
Her encounter with one young lady who’s gateway to trafficking was a stripping. Atlanta , Georgia is infamous for it’s strip club culture, often glorified in hip-hop music videos. The young lady shared that she wanted to be an independent woman, much like the girls in the music videos and songs.
“That’s the messaging that could get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of”-Jada Pinkett Smith
The sex trafficking industry is a 12 billion dollar industry. The average age of a girl sold into the sex trade industry is 12 years old.
“When we were coming up, stripping was the bottom” – Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada shared that she missed the messaging that young women were perceived independent and bold, by stripping for a living. In her generation, stripping was not glorified and often look at as the bottom, often associated with drugs and other dysfunctional behavior.
Madd Factor: This is a major problem in the travel and sports industries, throughout the world. I commend all those who are supporting the efforts of Well spring and bringing to the forefront this social issue.