Trafficking survivor shares story of hope

Jabali Smith, author of "Slave: A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life," appears on CW 14 Focus with Robert Hornacek.

(WCWF) -- This week on CW 14 Focus host Robert Hornacek will be joined by a man who is sharing his story of survival from a life of human trafficking.

Jabali Smith, the author of "Slave: A Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Life," will appear on the show.

Smith, a California native, is the founder and executive director of the Well Child Foundation.

On the show, Smith will detail his experience being trafficked as a child from the United States into Mexico. He will also explain how he got out and how he found healing.

"The very first, most important part is loving yourself and really honoring yourself. That, in and of itself, is a tremendous hurdle for survivors because we hate ourselves and we blame ourselves," Smith said. "We can really focus in on and remember that we deserve love and first, and foremost, we give it to ourselves."

CW 14 Focus is a weekly, half-hour interview program that focuses on the issues important to people in northeast Wisconsin. Each week, Robert Hornacek will sit down with a different guest and go beyond the sound bites. The program will highlight the people making a difference in the community and give viewers an opportunity to get in depth perspective. CW 14 Focus airs Sundays at 10 a.m.