Push to end modern-day slavery

Thursday, Feb. 22, was “Shine a Light on Slavery Day.” This was a  day where thousands of individuals, including me, put a red “X” on their hand to support the End It Movement: a nonprofit organization that aims to shine a light on modern-day slavery. I believe that this is an organization that everybody in our community should support.

When people hear the word slavery, most of them think it was an issue we experienced in history and that is now over. What many people do not realize is that slavery is still something that we deal with in our world today. There are many forms of modern-day slavery including sex trafficking, forced labor, debt bondage, and human trafficking. In our country, there are [an] estimated 57,000 people suffering from slavery today. In the city of Fresno, there are many women and children experiencing modern-day slavery; a victim even could be someone you know.

These individuals that are enslaved do not have liberty, happiness, nor do they have a voice. But I have one, and you do, too. Why don’t we raise our voices for people who can’t?

By supporting movements like the “End It Movement,” we fight against slavery and shine a light on modern-day slavery so we as a community, can come together and end it.

Keren Cabrera


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