To raise awareness about the rising issue of human trafficking, the International Justice Mission Chapter at Johnson University plans to host an event called Day of Chains.
Through Day of Chains, they hopes to show students who attend the university that something as simple as a prayer can help someone else stuck in the horrors of modern day slavery.
During the event students are encouraged to sign up for a time to walk around a designated path dotted with signs of things to pray for.
Students carry chains and are accompanied by a member of the small group while they walk. Their companions serve as prayer partners and are instructed to help carry the chain if the weight is too much.
The chains they carry represent the people who are in bondage, the injustice they are facing and oppressive governments who turn a blind eye.
Crystal Rossman, 21, a Johnson student and member of the IJM chapter at JU attended Day of Chains last year.
“Day of Chains to me is bringing awareness of those who are trapped in domestic abuse, sex trafficking, pornography and don’t really have a way to escape it,” she said. “It gives them a voice.”
Christina Newbold, 20, a public relations major at the university, also attended the event last year.
“It’s to help people remember that there are people out there still that are still hurting, that they are still affected by slavery,” she said. “It’s not a past thing, it’s still very real.”
According to The World Bank, there are currently seven billion people in the world. An estimate given by The Global Slavery Index of 2013 says that out of that seven billion people, 30 million are enslaved with 76 percent located in 10 specific countries.
These countries include India, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
The United States of America is ranked at 134 with an estimated 59,644 people enslaved according to The Global Slavery Index.
The International Justice Mission works to bring justice to those who support slavery and they are a voice for the voiceless. They work in numerous countries across the globe, including the United States.
While the IJM chapter on Johnson’s campus is small in number they have taken the steps into shining a light on injustice around the world and in their own back yard.
Day of Chains will be Nov. 20.