Last year, I became a part of the End It Movement, a campaign to spread awareness that slavery still exists...even here, in America. I wrote a post about some ways you can help, and my feelings after discovering that such a travesty was still taking place in our country. You can read it here, if you like.
27 MILLION people are still in slavery, right. this. moment.
Today, February 27, is Shine A Light On Slavery Day. If you're on twitter or Facebook, you're probably seeing pictures like this everywhere...
...along with hashtags like #EndIt, #EndItMovement and #ShineALight. Why? Here are some reasons...
~ Every minute of every day, 2 children are sold into slavery.
~ In 1850, the cost of a slave was around $40,000. Today, the average cost is $90.
~ Todays slavery includes human trafficking, forced labor, child labor and descent based slavery.
~ Children are being sold for commercial sex exploitation, recruited into armed conflicts and forced to work as domestic workers.
~ An estimated 1.2 MILLION children are trafficked yearly.
These facts, along with a lot more information can be found at EndItMovement.com. Take a few moments to visit their site!
How can you help?
First, you can raise awareness. Draw a red X on your hand and share it on social media using the hashtags I posted above. When people ask what it's all about point them to blogs like this that explain the movement or directly to the EndItMovement.com website.
Last year I listed a few non-profits that you can reach out to (in the post listed in the first paragraph). You can visit those as well as visiting THIS page on EndIt's website. They have lots of places listed that you can easily donate to as well.
They've also set up a great little online shop that you can find HERE.
Join with us, and together, we can END IT.