‘X’ marks support for cause

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Thousands across the country drew a red “x” on their hands in support of the End It Movement, a movement meant to raise awareness and inspire others to put a stop to human trafficking trade Feb. 27.

Those in favor of the movement showed their support by posting photos of their marked hands on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media outlets and labeling it with the hashtag #enditmovement.

To demonstrate that California Baptist University students support the End It Movement and ending human trafficking, Amey Fenwick, senior early childhood development major, and Kelsie Markoski, senior graphic design major, came up with the idea to create an Instagram page where CBU students can post photos showing their support.

“I wanted to show that CBU supports the End It Movement,” said Fenwick. “I know a lot of people are into the cause and shedding a light on human trafficking and I thought it would be a cool idea to get people on Instagram to show their support.”

On the CBU Instagram page, #cbusupports, a gallery of photos of students is displayed with a red “x” on their hands along with a fact about human trafficking.

Social media has played a major role in support of the End It Movement, which is why Fenwick and Markoski thought it would be such a good idea to create their own Instagram page especially for CBU students.

After researching the A21 campaign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of human trafficking, Fenwick found out about the End It Movement, which led her to come up with the idea for the Instagram page.

“I saw a link on Facebook last year about a movie and it led me to the A21 website,” Fenwick said. “I just clicked on random links and it led me to the End It Movement. I found out that every year once a year, the movement does a social media takeover.”

Markoski said one of the things that she and Fenwick wanted to emphasize was the fact that the human trafficking is an ongoing issue, not merely a problem of the past.

“(The movement) is more than just one day,” she said.

To demonstrate their ongoing support for the movement, resident
advisers from North Colony hosted a screening of the film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” in the Staples Room Tuesday. The film was shown to further inform students about the issue of human trafficking.

Senior business major and resident adviser in North Colony Rachel Lewis said she is passionate about ending human trafficking and said the film is a great way for the students to deepen their knowledge about the issue.

“(‘Nefarious’) is a very interesting documentary that takes you through how the global sex trade operates around the world,” Lewis said. “It tells you the reasons why and several different ways it happened. You hear about the victims who have been trafficked and the people who bought the girls themselves. It ties in a Christian perspective and the lives of the victims.”

Lewis said she hopes the film calls students to action and gives them perspective on the harsh realities of human trafficking.

To demonstrate their ongoing support for the movement, resident advisers from North Colony hosted a screening of the film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” in the Staples Room Tuesday. The film was shown to further inform students about the issue of human trafficking.

Senior business major and resident adviser in North Colony Rachel Lewis said she is passionate about the movement to end human trafficking and said the film is a great way for the students to deepen their knowledge concerning the issue.

“(‘Nefarious’) is a very interesting documentary that takes you through how the global sex trade operates around the world,” Lewis said. “It tells you the reasons why and several different ways it happened. You hear about the victims who have been trafficked and the people who bought the girls themselves. It ties in a Christian perspective and the lives of the

victims.”

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