Red Thread Movement raises awareness of sex trafficking

Posted November 30, 2010

Here's a chilling statistic:  Every year in Nepal, more than 11,000 girls are transported across the border and sold into a life of sex slavery. Working through the Red Thread Movement, students at Abilene Christian University are working to increase awareness of this devastating bondage.

The red thread campaign, led by Eternal Threads, a non-profit organization located in Abilene and founded by Linda Egle, calls on students to wear red bracelets produced by young women who have been rescued from trafficking at Nepal's border. Each $3 bracelet supports these victims by raising awareness, providing employment for those affected and funding safe houses that help establish border security.

Each safe house rescues as many as 100 victims per month.

"Creating awareness about trafficking through the Red Thread Movement means that I will be able to look into the faces of even more young women who have been rescued because of our efforts," says Egle.

ACU students have supported the movement through events such as concerts, gatherings and chapel forums.

"It excites me to see students on campus that I do not even know wearing these bracelets," says Brittany Partridge, sophomore political science major from Annandale, Minn. "I love sitting in the library or in class and counting the ones I see on people's arms."

Mark Lewis, ACU chapel director, has been impressed with students' participation.

"This effort began here on our campus, and it is already having a national effect through the students' involvement," says Lewis. "It’s been humbling to be a small part of helping them tell the story."

To support the Red Thread Movement or purchase a bracelet, visit