End it: Slavery that is

By ZACHARY AYERS

College students all across America are standing up to fight to end slavery for the 27 million men, women, and children who are trapped in it today.

According to enditmovement.com, eight of 10 human trafficking cases worldwide involve the sex industry in one way or another. The others involve labor trafficking, people being made to work in sub-human conditions in factories and farms and shadow businesses worldwide.

“When I learned that club owners in America could make one phone call and have a woman trapped in slavery delivered to his club in a matter of a couple days, I knew that I wanted to take a stand,” a student at Kennesaw State University, Chimeng Khang, said.

The red “X” that represents the End it Movement, is making a statement all across the United States by making it known that the current college generation are the ones to stand up for the 27 million trapped in slavery in 161 countries.

The End It Movement is made up of 10 organizations, including Not For Sale, World Vision, IJM, Free The Slaves, The A 21 Campaign, ECPAT USA, Love 146, Made In A Free World, Polaris Project, and World Relief. Together, they have formed a coalition to end slavery, not only around the world, but in America, too.

“The number that sticks out to me is 120, which is about how many children are sold into slavery in the span of an hour,” Whitney Bowman said.

When you do the math, it equates to 2,880 children per day that are sold into slavery. The amount is massive. According to Innocence Atlanta, more than 1 million children lose their innocence and childhood to slavery each year.

Slavery spans the globe, with 161 countries reported to be affected by human trafficking, either as sources, transit centers or destinations according to the Polaris Project. With 27 million slaves throughout these countries, including the United States, it is the largest amount of slaves working in history.

With over 27 million enslaved, the industry rakes in over $32 billion a year in revenue. That is more than eight times the amount Facebook makes in a year.

So how close to home does it really hit? Very close. Atlanta is one of the largest human and sex trafficking hubs in the U.S. More than 300 girls will be exploited in our city tonight.

“On February 27, you can join the fight to end slavery, by simply wearing a red ‘X’ on your shirt, hat or even draw a red “X” on your hand,” Passion City Conference volunteer, Jonathan Findley, said.

Enditmovement.com has digital materials that you can download include profile pictures, backgrounds, hero cards, and more.

Findley encourages those who want to help end slavery to visit enditmovement.com or WellspringLiving.org to learn more about the fight. You can also visit monthly events with Wellspring Living to get more involved in your community and raise your voice.

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