Human trafficking affects an estimated 20 million people worldwide and Latinos are 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 U.S., 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.
The harsh statistics have inspired Salma Hayek and Jada Pinkett-Smith to join forces for a campaign against human trafficking titled, Don’t Sell Bodies. The Mexican actress directed the gripping video titled, “Nada” ("Nothing"), featuring women falling victim to the modern form of slavery.
Smith, who sings the track in Spanish, says that Salma inspired her to get involved and that the issue is more diverse than we can imagine, “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," she said in an interview with the Huffington Post.
Watch the video directed by Salma Hayek below and visit dontsellbodies.org to get involved. What do you think of the video?