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June 26th, 2012
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Jada Pinkett Smith explains why she became involved in the fight against human trafficking

Jada Pinkett Smith is using her star power to fight child trafficking and sex slavery, which 200,000 minors fall victim to every year in the United States.

“I could’ve very easily been one of these girls,” Smith tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien on Starting Point.

Smith began her campaign against human trafficking after her daughter Willow became interested in the cause after watching the Kony 2012 video.

“There are girls in our country, her age that were being sexually exploited and she couldn’t believe it,” Smith explains. “I started to do my own research and a whole world opened up to me.”

The majority of victims that are sex trafficked in the U.S. are children, according to Smith.

“There is no human being on this planet who should have to endure treatment like that and especially a child,” she says.

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