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Feb 27 2015

Corker Video: “Together, We Can End It”

Senator Shines a Light on Modern Slavery

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released a video, “Together, We Can End It,” to shine a light on modern slavery and highlight bold, bipartisan legislation he introduced this week to combat this growing epidemic around the globe.

The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 would create a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to help eliminate modern slavery around the globe. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). 

In addition, a number of advocacy groups and faith-based institutions have issued support for the effort including, the Alliance to End Slavery & Trafficking (ATEST), International Justice Mission (IJM), United Way Worldwide, Freedom House, Rotary International, and Circle of Friends, Inc., among others.

Click here for a summary of the legislation and here for the full bill text.

Those interested in Corker’s efforts to end modern slavery can join the conversation online using the hashtags #EndSlaveryAct and #EndItMovement. They also can show support by posting a photo of themselves holding up their hand marked with a red “X”. Example here.

A full transcript of the video follows.

Over 27 million people are enslaved today across the globe.

That’s more than four times the population of my home state of Tennessee.

Modern slavery comes in many forms, and it preys on women and children the most.

Rather than holding a schoolbook, children in India are stacking bricks.

Rather than sitting in a classroom, young girls in the Philippines are sitting in brothels, forced into sexual servitude.

In Ghana, young boys are forced into a life of slavery on fishing boats.

Over 27 million people around the world today.

Daughters. Sons. Mothers. Fathers.

It’s time to shine a light on the problem.

And it’s time to turn awareness into action.

Together, we can end it.

Visit corker.senate.gov to learn more about The End Modern Slavery Initiative.

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