RAISING widespread awareness to the issue of human trafficking is the goal of Bonnyrigg High School's year 10 high resolves 2013 leadership team.
The group believes that it is not only an issue of global concern.
"It could be happening right next door to you," said a representative. "People who are trafficked have their identities stolen and are forced to work for little or no pay.
"Today, more than 20 to 30 million people are enslaved to human trafficking. These people are forced into prostitution, forced labour and other forms of exploitation.
"80 per cent of trafficked people are women and girls and 50 per cent are under the age of 18. Human trafficking is the fested growing form of transnational crime and is one of the three most profitable transational crimes, along with drugs and arms trafficking."
To get their voices heard, the Bonnyrigg students are making use of social media to spread the message.
They have also made a "hand pledge" which symbolises the stolen identity of those lost to the crime.
The group is encouraging those against the trade to take a photograph of their hand with stolen identity written on it and post it online.
Lodge your support via the group's Facebook page at facebook.com/stophtra.