Jada Pinkett Smith fights human trafficking

Actor Will Smith, and his daughter Willow Camille Reign Smith, accompanying Jada Pinkett Smith, not in picture, testifying in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about human trafficking, communicate in whisper, on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

WASHINGTON - Actress and activist Jada Pinkett Smith is urging Congress to step up the fight against human trafficking in the U.S. and abroad.

The actress testified during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing Tuesday that she plans to launch a campaign to raise awareness and spur action against human trafficking and slavery. She credited her 11-year-old daughter, Willow, who sat nearby, with bringing the issue to her attention.

Also on hand was actor Will Smith, the actress' husband and Willow's father.

The actress said human slavery "robs us of the thing we value most, our freedom."