Actor Matthew McConaughey joined Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a public service announcement that aims to spread awareness about — and ultimately end — sex trafficking.
The video was released on Friday.
“When you hear the words human trafficking, you probably think that is something that only happens to people in other countries,” the actor says in the video. “But the victims of sex and labor trafficking can and do come from anywhere including right here in Texas. Texans — men, women, boys, and girls — are forced into a horrifying form of modern-day slavery everyday.”
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Paxton then adds, “Right now in Texas, there are more than 300,000 human trafficking victims and 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking. The office of the attorney general tracks down and prosecutes those responsible for this atrocious crime. But we can’t fight this alone. Texas needs your help.”
McConaughey then says, “Let’s put all the eyes of Texas on the fight against human trafficking. You can help by recognizing the red flags, and reporting suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking hotline.” The contact information is displayed, and the actor makes sure to call Texas a “great state.”
McConaughey, 48, was born in Uvalde, Texas, and currently resides in the city of Austin.
Best known for roles in films like “Dazed and Confused” and “Interstellar,” McConaughey has shown himself to have left-leaning views in the past, but he is far less aggressive and out of touch in his positions than many other Hollywood stars.
This could have a lot to do with his upbringing in Texas.
The actor actually had positive things to say when Donald Trump was elected president. Instead of immediately screaming about impeachment and martial law, he told ChannelFi, “Well, they [the anti-Trumpers] don’t have a choice now. He’s our president. And it’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time as we’ve had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact. And be constructive with him over the next four years.”
McConaughey has also proven to be far more middle of the road compared to other leftist stars when it comes to gun control. At the Las Vegas CinemaCon this year, he issued a warning to March for Our Lives participants.
He made sure to tell them not to let their cause be hijacked by extremists who wanted to eliminate all gun rights.
“I’ve got a lot of friends who are gun owners. I’ve got a lot of friends who are NRA [members]. I grew up hunting. We had responsible gun ownership, but I was taught the right way to respect that tool,” he said. “At the same time, their petition that they were speaking about is a very good one. And I also fear that their campaign — they have to watch that they don’t get hijacked. Meaning — a lot of the crowd was for no guns at all. That was not the March for life. March for Our Lives was for rightful, just, responsible gun ownership — but against assault rifles, against unlimited magazines, and for following up on the regulations.”
McConaughey will next star in “White Boy Rick,” which hits theaters on September 14.
Check out the PSA featuring McConaughey below: