In It To End It
Today the End It Movement is asking each of us join them in telling the world about the 27 million+ slaves around the world. How? Simply by marking the back of your hand with a red “X”.
The issue of modern-day slavery can be completely overwhelming, I feel it often. It’s too big! So many people enslaved, so much subterfuge, so profitable an industry. So where do we start? How do we tackle the problem of human trafficking without getting lost in it? I’m only one person. What could I possibly do to help?
- You can join the End It Movement. Start tomorrow with that “X” on your hand and talk to everyone who asks you about it.
- You can financially support (even if a one-time donation) organizations who are working in the thick of it. International Justice Mission is a group of lawyers, social workers, and investigators who advocate for victims around the world and perform actual rescues. Not For Sale is another organization that offers education, advocacy, counseling, and job placement to victims of trafficking.
- It may not be your lifelong calling, but justice can be a consistent part of your every day life. Runaways are frequently forced into trafficking situations including prostitution and pornography. Please call into the national trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888) if you see anything suspicious in your town.
- You have power as a consumer. Most of the slaves around the world are in forced labor conditions providing everything from electronics to clothing to coffees, teas, and chocolate. The Free2Work website has a database of major brands and has graded their ethical supply chain practices on an A-F scale. Check it out. I was able to start purchasing from brands with a higher rating (similar products) for little increase of cost for myself.
It starts today. You can become a modern-day abolitionist – as much a catalyst in our 21st Century world as the abolitionists of the African slave trade 150 years ago. How incredible is that?! We can do this!
*Photo credit: www.enditmovement.com