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PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Justin Gifford is still horrified, reading one story after another about the ruthless world of the sex and labor slave trade.

"It's hard believe they're my age," said Gifford, a 17-year old senior at Prattville Christian Academy.

It's an ugly reality check about how the slave business is thriving. It's a $32 billion a year industry. Hunter Woodley never really knew about it until this year.

"It was shocking," Woodley, also a senior at PCA.

There are some 27 million slaves in more than 160 countries around the world, including America.

"This is the most we've had in the history of our planet," said Baron Goins, PCA's spiritual director.

Goins told the students about the 'End It Movement' in the school gym during an assembly this week, a campaign that shines the light on the slave trade.

The students initially heard about the 'End It Movement' in January but this week they heard and read individual stories of an 8-year old girl, for example, in Cambodia sold to men on the internet for sex and the story of a teenage boy sold to a labor contractor.

Some eventually found freedom. Others did not.

Woodley and Gifford believe a small gesture can make a big difference. The $500 they raised during recent fundraisers will be given to the 'End It Movement.' The organization in turn will hand it over to its coalition partners on the ground trying to stop it. The 'End It Movement' says 80 percent of the slaves are women and average age between 18 to 24.

Gifford says this is the least he could for strangers he'll never meet.

"I just can't imagine what they're going through. I'm not sure what I'll do for the rest of my life but I may go into politics and you can make changes through politics. If I do that this will be one of the issues on my mind," said Gifford.

Starting now, both teens say they plan to their part to stop the madness and try to end it once and for all.

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