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Red sand fills the cracks, representing human trafficking victims

first_imgReddIt Olivia Wales World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Twitter Previous articleNews Now 2/6/19Next articleWhat we’re reading: Trump vs. Democrats Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedincenter_img Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Facebook + posts Twitter Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Lessons of perseverance printExpecting a typical Thursday morning walk to class, TCU students were surprised by a new color in the sidewalk cracks.An estimated 40.1 million people live in contemporary slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index. TCU students involved with International Justice Mission (IJM), a student organization committed to fighting human trafficking, are joining a national movement to advocate for victims who fall through the cracks.The Red Sand Project  is an artistic statement utilized across the world to demand the attention of individuals to human trafficking.  Last night, around 40 IJM students poured the red sand in the cracks of the sidewalks from Frog Fountain to the Mary Couts Burnett Library for two hours, according to Jeanne Marie King, IJM vice president of advocacy and fundraising.Red sand outside the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Photo by Olivia Wales.“It was really cool to see so many people coming together to make today impactful,” King said. The unexpected dash of red in the sidewalk initially caused confusion among students, but provided an opportunity for questions and clarity. “It’s the first thing I noticed this morning and I was very confused,” said Andrew Pluff, sophomore entrepreneurial management and business information systems double major. After seeing the yard signs TCU IJM placed throughout campus, Pluff believes this is a powerful statement.Signs throughout campus explain the purpose of the red sand. Photo by Olivia Wales.“I think that [the red sand] is a great subconscious reminder of the problems that others face. When you’re in school, it’s easy to let the idea of human trafficking slip through the cracks,” he said. First-year nursing major Elizabeth Rizzuto agreed that the message is effective once students are aware of it. “The sand is everywhere, and in some places there’s less than others,” said Rizzuto. “I feel like this is a good representation of human trafficking.”Other students remember the project and its message from previous years. Mason Priess, a senior kinesiology major, said he immediately remembered the purpose of the red sand and believes it has a powerful message. Photo by enditmovement.comThe purpose of the red sand is to start conversations about human trafficking, which has proven successful.These conversations will be continued today with IJM students tabling at the Founders Statue, drawing red X’s on their hands as part of the national End It movement, and encouraging other students to text or tweet their senators through the Speak Up campaign.“We have the responsibility to speak out and stand up for those who can’t do so for themselves,” said Jordan Jones, sophomore social work major and IJM member. “Putting out red sand was such a small but exciting way to shine a light on those who deserve all of our help.” ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more