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CLEVELAND – Did you know there are move slaves in the world today than any other time in history? Knowledge is power and that’s what will help end human trafficking.

Today, there are approximately 27 million people bound to slavery. Some human beings are bought or sold, others are being forced to work in inhumane conditions for an unlivable wage.

“It shows the value of life has decreased over the last 200 years. That dollar amount is less than a pair of basketball shoes,” explained Rachel Carpenter, a representative with Operation Freedom Taskforce in Coventry, a group fighting to end modern-day slavery.

On April 9, people around the world will Shine a Light on Slavery by gathering at different places of worship and organizations, marking themselves with a red “X” to raise awareness about the crime and stand up for those without a voice.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 9, you are invited to play a pivotal role in the fight against slavery at Cornerstone Church in Akron. Every person who comes to gather on the lawn represents tens of thousands of people who are enslaved.

“Just show up and help represent slaves in the world today. You can find out more about the cause when you do,” explained Carpenter. “The money generated from this global business is around $32 billion for only paying $90 for a human life.”

“Awareness is doing the work of ending slavery because you can’t do anything about it until you know it’s happening,” said OFT representative Stephanie Kilper. “Until a large number of people know it’s a huge issue, nothing can be done. People need to stand up and say ‘no more!’”

LOCAL: END IT Shines a Light on Slavery Across the World  was originally published on wzakcleveland.com