Jada Pinkett Smith continues her work against human trafficking with a CNN special report, Children for Sale: The Fight to End Human Trafficking, which will air on July 21 as part of CNN’s “Freedom Project.”
The gritty hour-long broadcast brought the actress, singer and activist to Atlanta, one of the largest hubs for minor sex trafficking in the U.S. While there in production last year, Jada shared what it was like to learn the connections between the city’s strip club scene and sex slavery. Watch below.
Children for Sale will give viewers a look at the lives of children caught in the trafficking industry and those fighting back against this form of modern-day slavery.
It will ask: Where does sex trafficking start? How do girls get manipulated into it? How hard is it for law enforcement and others to save them? And how can communities help protect children from the men and women who prey on their vulnerabilities?
Jada talks to survivors, officers conducting undercover raids to arrest suspected traffickers and rescue underage girls, and a woman providing a safe house and rehabilitation facility for trafficked teens. She also comes face-to-face with a convicted female trafficker.
Viewers will also hear from aid workers and prosecutors who are working to eradicate this crime.
“For me, this project is extremely important because I want the world to understand the dangers that every kid in America is susceptible to,” Jada says. “Human trafficking is one aspect of the vulnerabilities and obstacles that we are confronted with. People who sell children are monsters.”
Human trafficking became personal for Jada when her daughter asked her about it. After some research she became an advocate, testifying on sex trafficking to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2012, executive producing Rape for Profit (2012), and launching Don’t Sell Bodies.
Children for Sale was executive produced by Jennifer Hyde, the Director of the CNN Documentary Unit, produced by Senior Producer Ken Shiffman, Producer Tina Matherson, Executive Editor of the CNN “Freedom Project” Leif Coorlim, and overseen by Michael Bass, CNN’s Executive Vice President for Programming.
Tune in on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on CNN, CNN International and CNNgo.