Lifestyle, World Issues & Current Events

Shining a Light on Slavery

2.23.2017

“..he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised..” – Luke 4:18

Today is national “Shine A Light On Slavery” Day, a movement where we all come together, despite political backgrounds and stand up against something we all agree is wrong- slavery. This is an issue that has brought tears to my eyes for a while now, but since today is a national day for the support of the movement, I thought I’d make a post to share a few statistics, facts and ways to get involved with ending slavery.

Modern day slavery is most commonly seen as human trafficking/sex trafficking, but there is also an abundance of forced labor slavery. There are more slaves in the world today than there were at any time at the past, with approximately 27 millions slaves worldwide (and counting). Approximate 1 out of every 5 slaves is a child. 55% of slaves are females. Slavery is occurring in 167 countries & it is illegal in every one of them. These statistics are appalling, disturbing and heartbreaking. We must do everything we can to put a stop to this wickedness and free those who are held captive by slavery. The End It Movement is constantly spreading awareness and helping victims, and so are foundations such as Ashton Kutcher’s “Thorn,” that specifically work to rescue children from trafficking. This is NOT just a local issue, or an American issue, this is a GLOBAL issue!

Please do whatever you can to support this movement and end slavery. Today (and everyday), join us in drawing a red X on your hand to spread awareness about this tragic occurrence that is happening all over the world. Trafficking is going on very sneakily,possibly even where you live. This is a HUGE issue, even in Texas. We need to help these people and end this awful “trade.” Pray for all who are victims, and for those brave people who go in and rescue the victims across the world and provide them with safety. It’s a sad reality, but we don’t have to let the numbers keep growing. Those of us that have a voice must use it.

Together, we can end it! Check out any of End It’s partners, or learn about becoming a Thorn Digital Defender!

Listed below are some of the aforementioned sites where you can find out how to help shine a light on slavery:

The End It Movement:
https://enditmovement.com

Thorn:
https://www.wearethorn.org

Source:”END IT Movement.” END IT 2017. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2017. .

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Thanks for reading,
Cassie

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