What Does The Red X Mean? It's A Poignant Symbol

The day raises awareness about modern-day human trafficking, which currently claims about 21 million people worldwide, according to End Slavery Now.

Almost 21 million people - including 1.5 million in North America - are forced into human trafficking, according to an International Labour Organization report from 2012. It includes sex trafficking, domestic servitude, forced labor and child labor.

You are likely to see a lot of red Xs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Thursday as politicians, celebrities and others support the "Shine a Light on Slavery Day". Participants can follow suit and change their profile picture to a red "X" or draw an "X" on their hand in red lipstick and take a picture to share using the hashtag #EndItMovement.

The campaign has gained prominence in recent years thanks in part to U.S. Sen.

"I've seen video content of a child that's the same age as mine, being raped by an American man who was a sex tourist in Cambodia", Kutcher, who has two children with actress Mila Kunis, said at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

If you would like more information on how you can help you can visit the end it movement website.

Volunteers gathered on the pedestrian walkway Thursday, marking red Xs on the hands of students and teachers as a way to bring awareness to the problem.

The movement, which started in 2013, has one goal: to end slavery and human trafficking.

  • Audrey Hill