Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jada Pinkett Smith: An Estimated ‘27 Million Slaves Worldwide – More than at Any Point in History’

(CNSNews.com) Actress Jada Pinkett Smith told a Senate hearing Tuesday that 27 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking – “more than at any point in history” with 40,000 people “enslaved on our soil at any moment.”
Smith, an advocate for Don’t Sell Bodies, which is designed to increase awareness about human trafficking, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday at a hearing called, “The Next Ten Years in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Attacking the Problem with the Right Tools.”
“There are an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide – more than at any point in history,” Smith said, adding that victims of human trafficking represent “every nationality, ethnicity, age group” and can be found everywhere, including the U.S.
“Here, almost 150 years after the abolition of slavery in the United States, conservative estimates suggest that 40,000 people are enslaved on our soil at any moment,” she said.


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