Did you know that slavery still exists? On April 9th, I, students of the College at Brockport campus, and people everywhere stood for 14-27 hours straight to raise awareness about human trafficking— modern day slavery. There are approximately 27 Million slaves in the world today; this includes the United States! (I could’ve sworn Lincoln abolished slavery ._. …) People of all ages are abducted, and forced to do labor (without pay of course). Many of our country’s favorite/famous brands of items actually use slave labor for some part of their products (ie: Forever 21, M&M’s, Osh Kosh Bgosh, etc.).
Raising awareness about this is actually helping. Through the “End It” Movement that started in January, many busts have been made (in the U.S., India, and other places) on sex rings, and factories. Here’s one link to a video in which a sex trafficking ring was dismantled in Atlanta, Georgia: http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/2013/01/19/inside-look-how-an-alleged-sex-slavery-ring-is-dismantled/ Other websites in which you can obtain information concerning modern-day slavery and industries involved in it are: enditmovement.com slaveryfootprint.org free2work.org . If you see any suspicious behavior, you can call 1-888-373-7888 or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733 (National Human Trafficking Hotline).