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According to the U.S. Department of State, every year between 600,000 and 800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders.
Eight. Hundred. Thousand.
Slavery was abolished in America during the Civil War — but it still exists today, and not on the basis of race or skin color. Men, women and children of every race are forced into labor or the sex industry every day. It is happening in our country. It is happening around the world. There are more people enslaved today than any other time in history.
Learn more about human trafficking in the U.S. Click the graphic below.
There is hope for our generation to see the end of slavery once and for all. First, we must acknowledge it exists.
It starts today.
Today is “Shine a Light on Slavery Day.” A day declared by the END IT Movement to uncover the truth about modern-day slavery.
END IT has partnered with organizations like The A21 Campaign, ECPAT-USA, Free the Slaves, International Justice Mission, Love146, Made in a Free World, Not For Sale, Polaris Project, World Relief and World Vision to bring an end to human slavery.
Awareness is the first step to ending the problem of modern-day slavery, says Bryson Vogeltanz, chief steward of END IT.
Take time today to tell the people around you that slavery still exists. Mark a Red X on your hand and use that as a conversation starter wherever you go today. Tweet about it using the hashtag #enditmovement.
We can see slavery end. But it starts with you and me. We must do our part to raise awareness about this issue that touches millions of lives around the globe.
To participate in END IT’s “Shine a Light on Slavery Day,” draw a red X on your hand. Tell those around you that slavery exists. Shine a light to the darkness that is modern day slavery.
Join the fight for freedom. Sign up with End It and let them know you are “In it to end it.”