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'End It' movement raises awareness for slavery around the world

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

When it comes to slavery, many people likely think back to the Civil War and how much America has changed since then, but you might be surprised to know there are more slaves today than any other time in history.

With the help of social media, churches and advocates around the world worked to spread the word Tuesday that an estimated 27 million people are enslaved at this very moment.

"Enough is enough. We've got to raise awareness, and the idea that there's still the buying and selling of human beings in our day and age is just shocking," said the Rev. Pete Wilson, senior pastor at Cross Point Church.

Wilson, the pastor of one of Nashville's biggest congregations, was one of many people who had a red X marked on his hand Tuesday to make a statement on "Shine a Light on Slavery Day."

"The reality is that human slavery is very much an issue, even here in Middle Tennessee. In fact, the TBI just recently released a report showing that 78 out of the 95 counties in Tennessee have reported sex trafficking," Wilson said.

Word of the movement is spreading fast on social media, and those who are spearheading the campaign say that's exactly what they were hoping for.

"As we've seen throughout our history, when it comes to injustice, where you start is with awareness. So, we're just using our voice and our platform to draw attention to this issue," Wilson said.

For more information about how to join the so-called "End It" movement, visit: http://enditmovement.com/.

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