(Atlanta, GA) – Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp join individuals across the world in the #EndItMovement to shine a light on modern day slavery and fight to eliminate sex trafficking in the State of Georgia.

“It is truly heartbreaking to know that Georgia has one of the highest human trafficking and child prostitution rates in the country. We must put a stop to this terrible criminal enterprise,” said Governor Kemp. “My family and I applaud the ongoing work of federal, state, and local officials to crack down on human trafficking across the nation, and we commend federal law enforcement for their efforts over Super Bowl weekend to rescue eighteen survivors and arrest 169 traffickers. Today, the Kemp Family joins the #EndItMovement to bring awareness to this critical issue, and we call on Georgians across our state to take part in this deserving cause.”

The #EndItMovement is a coalition of leading organizations around the world fighting to end sex trafficking. On February 7, 2019, they are encouraging people to shine a light on slavery and rise awareness about human trafficking by drawing a red "X" on their hand and post it to social media using #EndItMovement.

Governor Kemp and the Fist Lady joined the movement by posting videos to their social media accounts encouraging all Georgians to partner with them and engage. The Governor's video can be found here. The First Lady's video can be found on her Facebook page here.

You can view the Governor's proclamation for "Shine a Light on Slavery Day" in Georgia here.

About The END IT Movement

END IT is a coalition of 16 non-profit organizations aimed to shine a light on slavery and show the world that the practice still exists. Its members include A21Campaign, Made in a Free World, ECPAT USA, Not for Sale, Free the Slaves, Polaris Project, International Justice Mission (IJM), World Relief, Love 146, World Vision, As Our Own, Bombay Teen Challenge, The Exodus Road, Hagar, Hope for Justice, and The Salvation Army. All of these organizations are working around the globe to rescue, restore and prevent slavery. For more information about these partners, visit www.enditmovement.com.

Contact Information:

Cody Hall, Press Secretary [email protected]