We may not be aware, but the number of men, women and children trapped in slavery today is staggering. Roughly 27 million people are impacted in the world.
"The whole goal is to see slavery end within our generation because it's actually to a point where we have more slaves now than at any point in history," said Bryan Snyder, organizer of Shine a Light on Slavery Day rally in Erie.
There's a global initiative called the End It Movement, aimed at decreasing those statistics. It's reached to right here, in our region.
"It's just about making the problem known so that we can make it fixed," said Snyder.
One of the ways they're trying to fix it is by drawing red x's on their hands, and holding rallies like the one on Thursday night.
"You have to reach one person to reach two people," said Brian Hitchcock, of Erie. "You can't get to a million without one. This is where it all starts, where it beings."
Human trafficking generates more than $30 billion a year, and every minute of every day, two children are sold into slavery.
"With sex trafficking, we hear about Amsterdam and Greece, but also into the United State, generally between ages 18 and 24," said Snyder.
"There's about 400,000 kids in foster homes today in the United State," said Sarah Muir, a foster parent. "Unfortunately most of the kids that end up in human trafficking come out of the foster care system."
Those at Thursday's rally say it's going to take everyone coming together, to make a difference.
"Just because it doesn't impact you directly, doesn't mean it's not important, doesn't mean it's not an issue and it doesn't mean that it doesn't need a solution," said Hitchcock.
For more information on the End It Movement, click here