We wear our scars as testaments to our trials, and the overcoming of them. Scars brazened on the body connect us to those who have suffered. Scars in our souls ache and create a pathway to empathy, if we permit. Hurts bind us as humans.
In the book “The Scarlet Letter” a woman is ostracized by the people in her community because of the large, red letter A she is forced to wear. The punishment came due to her crime as an adulteress. My literature teacher required our class to read this book during high school. The discussions among the students revealed some deep truths about society. One of them being we have a tendency to punish victims. Our ability to shame others knows no bounds.
In the case of human trafficking many governments have strict punishments for the women being prostituted. Oftentimes the lawmakers are still working to even out the unbalanced treatment of pimps and johns and those who render sexual service. These are just a couple of examples of the far reaching problems surrounding the sex industry.
In order to fight these injustices we come together with quality organizations to collaborate. We can’t do it all alone. It’s too big for one. But we can come together, and our efforts are multiplied.
The Exodus Road is honored to partner in the coalition called END IT Movement. This is an excerpt from the grant proposal we presented which outlines how the funds we receive from this campaign will be used:
The Exodus Road will work with field teams to fuel three investigative and rescue missions for victims of human trafficking in Asia. While cases have greatly varied results, circumstances, and budgets (and thus results can never be guaranteed), … [the funds] to cover the investigative and raid expenses … will result in a total of (estimated) 15-30 rescued victims and 6-12 arrests of traffickers or pimps.
We join together to come alongside those who are suffering to bring an end to modern day slavery. We curl in the pointed finger of shame and create a fist to fight injustice by identifying with the victims. On our fists we willfully place a Scarlet X to proclaim we want to see a world free of slavery. We wear the pain of the women and children in the red light districts. We place an X as a symbol that we are pro-abolition.
On Friday, February 27 place a red X on your hand and tell everyone you meet about the 27 million people bound as slaves right now around the world.
Educating society is vital, but we can’t stop there. You still have time to form your own team of Freedom Fighters. Invite 27 of your friends and family help end slavery by donating $7 each. All the funds raised will be given to the coalition partners to help us stamp out slavery.
Watch the YouTube video to hear the rally cry.
Visit the END IT Movement site for more information, important statistics, and to see how many people have already joined. (Even our very own Madison Decker, the 8 year old abolitionist, is a part of the END IT Movement.)
From END IT Movement:
Since 2013, we’ve come together to raise awareness for the 27 million men, women and children trapped in slavery around the world today. In brothels. In factories. On boats. In homes. Across the globe. And here in America. We’ve raised our voices and our voice has been heard. But our job’s not done… Now it’s time to TAKE ACTION. Will you join us? Will you help us END IT?