While it is not a topic much discussed in America, the last Thursday in February has been designated “Red X” Day to raise awareness that 27 million people are being held in slavery around the world.
Human trafficking, bonded labor and forced labor are all part of a “hidden” population of slaves around the world. The CNN Freedom Project defines slavery as “occurring when one person completely controls another person, using violence or the threat of violence to maintain that control, exploits them economically, pays them nothing and they cannot walk away.”
Louie Giglio, well-known Bible teacher and one of the organizers for the End It Movement Campaign as part of the PASSION Conferences, pointed out that some people might be cynical about it and think, ‘What good is drawing a red ‘X’ on my hand going to do? That’s not going to stop slavery!’ Awareness alone will not end slavery, but slavery cannot be eradicated without awareness. Giglio said the point of the #ENDITMOVEMENT is to make people aware of this travesty and show them avenues of advocacy for these victims.
There are a lot of things that are shipped to the United States that was made by child laborers and other victims of slavery. People need to be made aware of all this and The End It Movement is making it happen!
· According to the Enditmovement.com website, bonded labor is one of the most widely used methods of slavery. “A person becomes a bonded laborer when their labor it used as a means of payment for a loan.”
· Forced labor is any work or services which people are forced to do, against their will under the threat of some form of punishment, according to antislavery.org. Children below the age of 18 years of age represent between 40 percent and 50 percent of all forced labor victims. And 80 percent of all people trafficked into forced labor both for economic and sexual exploitation are women and children.
· According to Antislavery.org, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest international criminal industry in the world and it is the fastest growing. Human Trafficking is defined as transporting people away from the communities in which they live and forcing them to work against their will using violence, deception and coercion. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. 43 percent of trafficking victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 98 percent are women and children.
“It’s a problem that’s not going away any time soon, and it should be a matter of constant prayer,”Giglio said at the PASSION Conferences.
Today (the fourth Thursday of February) people are encouraged to draw a red “X” on either hand or both. People are also encouraged to change their profile pictures on their various social networks in order to “Shine A Light on Slavery.”
The whole point is to start conversation. The ENDITMOVEMENT is a coalition of several advocacy groups around the world, and each of them has specific goals towards eradicating human trafficking. People can also follow and post with the hashtag #ENDITMOVEMENT on their social networks. For more information, go to www.enditmovement.com.