Exactly a week ago I had a large red X drawn on my hand as a symbol to bring awareness to modern day slavery, more commonly referred to as human trafficking (a term many don’t understand), and so did many others. I blogged about Shine a Light on Slavery Day and the End It Movement, and so did many others.
It was awesome to see celebrities and regular people flooding social media with inspiring quotes and pictures of them showing off their marked hands. People who had been unaware were asking questions, which was exactly the point.
But now what? I wore an X on my hand and more people know about slavery, but what can we do about it? Plenty. You can give to an organization that fights the atrocity. You can find a way to get involved in the fight through one of the great organizations out there. You can blog about it or find your own way to continue to spread the word.
JUST DO SOMETHING. Sorry- I don’t usually do the all caps yelling thing, but I really need to emphasize this idea. You need to find your own way to contribute to the fight. Imagine if everybody who now knows about the 27 million slaves today took some sort of action. That number would fall drastically. So help to end slavery. How? Below is a list of several organizations I know of, and there are so many more. I suggest you research what is available in your local community too.