Red “X’s” are likely flooding your social media representing the millions in slavery.
The End It Movement, hosts an annual “Shine a Light on Slavery Day” in an effort to spread awareness of those enslaved. Here are six things you need to know about the hashtag that has been shared more than 500 million times since its creation in 2013.
1) In Feb. 2015, Tennessee Senator, Bob Corker, introduced the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act. The act stated that there were over 27 million people in slavery, which Corker said is higher than any other time in history. However, the End It Movement says this number could be as high as 45.8 million people.
2) On Dec. 26, President Obama signed the Act in to law. In doing so, he banned the import of goods made by child and forced labor into the United States.
3) This movement has been spearheaded by many well-known celebrities. This includes Ashton Kutcher who, on Feb. 15, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding human trafficking. Kutcher is the co-founder of Thorn, a digital software designed to fight the sexual exploitation of children.
4) The End It Movement is more than one organization. In fact, it is a coalition of 16 organizations who are focused on different parts of the process of ending trafficking – awareness, prevention, rescue, and restoration.
5) The movement says that 55% of victims are women and girls, with one in five being under 18 years old. They go on to say that, “To us, even 1 is too many.”
“I’ll never forget how she looked at me and, with tears streaming down her face, she said to me, ‘If what you are telling me is true, if you really care about us, then why didn’t you come sooner?'” Christine Caine, founder of the A21 Campaign, said in an interview with CNN.