Red ‘X’ On Facebook To Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking And Modern Slavery

If you woke up this morning wondering about the red X you’re seeing around social media, that means the campaign is working.

Today is the END IT Movement‘s “Shine A Light On Slavery” Day. The day, which has taken place for five years now, raises awareness about human trafficking and “modern-day slavery.” In honor of this cause, elected officials, celebrities and others are changing their profile photos to a red X.

The END IT activists are asking everyone to help “shine a light” in whatever way they can. The organization’s website has more information about the campaign, research on human trafficking and lots of resources. They even have red X images that you can upload to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media accounts.

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END IT also encourages people to show visible support by using red lipstick (or face paint, or anything) to mark a red “X” on your hand. Then take a selfie showing it off, and share it on social media. Don’t forget to use the official campaign hashtags, which include #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement.

In addition to the online activism to raise awareness, there’s also an anti-trafficking policy movement. Ashton Kutcher‘s passionate testimony in front of Congress last week was part of a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing related to the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act. The Act was introduced in 2015 by Senator Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, and became a law in December. This legislation addresses issues of slavery and human trafficking around the world.

Even if you’re not a congressperson or don’t want to change your photo, you can still support the campaign. You can also sign up to be a digital defender against child exploitation, sign the International Justice Mission’s End Modern Slavery petition or volunteer with local anti-trafficking groups.

[h/t: Refinery29]