- Rani Hong was sold into slavery as a child
- She now runs an anti-trafficking NGO
- Hong joined a live Twitter chat to discuss how we can all help to end slavery
"I was transported to another state, where I did not speak the language, I was disoriented. I was afraid, and alone, crying for my mom to come get me," she recalled to CNN. "My captors used intimidation and force to control me."
Eventually she became so sick she was of little use to her "slave master" and was sold into illegal adoption in the United States, where she rebuilt her life.
On International Day of the Girl, Hong -- who as an adult has devoted her life to fighting slavery -- joined a live Twitter chat
to discuss how we can all do our part to end slavery.
Here are excerpts from the chat, where Hong, survivors, anti-slavery NGOs and others share their advice on how we can help.
1. Educate yourself
2. Break the supply chain
Honie is CEO the Tronie Foundation
, a NGO she founded to raise awareness of modern-day slavery. One of its initiatives has been to create a "Freedom Seal," which identifies that a company is actively battling human trafficking:
Other organizations are also working to tackle forced labor in supply chains.
3. Silence is not golden
It may be hard, but survivors can raise awareness of modern-day slavery by telling their own stories:
Holly Smith, a surivior of child sex trafficking and now an anti-trafficking advocate had this to add:
4. Talk to a neighbor
Slavery can turn up in many forms, and closer to home than you might think:
5. Spread the word on social media
Social media is a tool we can all use to spread awareness.