Salma Hayek is shining a spotlight on the global problem of human trafficking…
The 45-year-old Mexican actress has teamed up with Jada Pinkett-Smith for the “Don’t Sell Bodies” campaign, which aims to raise awareness about the exploitation of girls and women around the world.
Human trafficking affects some 20 million people around the world, with Latinos serving as the largest demographic to fall victim to sex and labor trafficking cases. Thirty-seven percent of Latinos are sex trafficked and 56 percent are labor trafficked victims in the United States, according to the Department of Justice. Within the percentage of citizens being trafficked for forced prostitution in the U.S., most are Latinas under the age of 25.
It’s those unbelievable statistics that inspired Hayek and Pinkett-Smith to get involved in the Don’t Sell Bodies campaign. The Frida actress directed the attention-grabbing video titled, “Nada se compara,” which features women falling victim to this modern form of slavery.
Smith, who sings the track in Spanish, says that Salma inspired her to get involved and raise awareness for an issue that affects Latinos and non-Latinos alike.
“I think it’s especially important in all communities. There are very, very high numbers of African-American and Latina women who are trafficked, but that’s not to exclude white women or Asian women,” Pinkett-Smith said in an interview with the Huffington Post.