Here’s why you’re seeing red X’s everywhere today

Our traditional thoughts on slavery may be abolished, but there’s still an estimated 20 million people trapped.

You may have noticed your social media feeds filling up with red X’s. They’re a part of a initiative to end human trafficking, or as many organizations call it, modern day slavery. The organization, End It Movement’s, annual “Shine the Light On Slavery” day is today, Feb. 23rd.

Under state and federal law, human trafficking is defined as soliciting, recruiting, harboring, transporting or otherwise obtaining another person to exploit him or her for labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation.

Supporters of the movement spread awareness by donning red X’s. The most popular way to display it is with one drawn on the back of your hand, but you’ll see them as Facebook profile pictures, on walls and more.

Even actor Ashton Kutcher has gotten behind this issue both with a tool he helped created called “Spotlight” and when he spoke to the senate last week:

You can get involved with the hashtag #enditmovement, or locally with the organization Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking. As sex trafficking is rising in right in our own backyard, with already 550 cases this year, keep the movement going after today.

Need help? Contact the human trafficking hotline.