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Dec28FriDecember 28, 2018 By The TWR Women Of Hope Ministry Team
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Praying for Victims of Human Trafficking
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There are 40 million slaves in the world today. How did we allow this to happen? Most of us probably assumed that this horrific crime against basic human dignity largely died out long ago. But human trafficking, including sex slavery and forced marriages, continues to be a worldwide problem that has a devastating impact on girls, women, their families and their communities.
According to the International Labor Organization’s Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report:
- At any given time in 2016, an estimated 40.3 million people were living in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage.
- Out of the 24.9 million people trapped in forced labour, 16 million are exploited in the private sector in jobs such as domestic work, construction or agriculture; 4.8 million experience forced sexual exploitation; and 4 million face forced labour imposed by state authorities.
- Women and girls are disproportionately affected by forced labour, accounting for 99 percent of victims in the commercial sex industry and 58 percent in other sectors.
TWR Women of Hope is producing Hidden Treasures, an audio drama stored on handheld devices that are distributed by various organizations reaching out to sexually exploited women. Using the testimonies of women who formerly worked in prostitution, these audio dramas tackle sensitive social, physical, psychological, medical and emotional issues in a nonthreatening yet professional manner from a Christian perspective. The Hidden Treasures audio program was designed with the ultimate intent of introducing Jesus as friend, Saviour, and healer and of showing women their God-given intrinsic value and purpose.
I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
Isaiah 45:3 (NIV)
Please pray for …
1. Women and girls who are lured into the illegal and highly profitable industry of transporting and selling people.
2. Women and girls who are sold into sex slavery by family, boyfriends or others. Millions are forced into sexual exploitation (prostitution, pornography or entertainment).
3. Women, many who are trapped in poverty and hopelessness, to be very cautious of “job offers” that promise them a better life but are actually sex slavery. Some teenagers admit that they were warned but didn’t believe it would happen to them.
4. Listeners of the Women of Hope program, which is available in 73 languages, to experience God’s love and realize that no matter what their circumstances, Jesus can give them courage, joy and peace.
5. Safety for people who are trying to rescue girls from prostitution. Criminals are not happy when their lucrative business is hindered.
6. Those involved in the translation and production of the Hidden Treasures audio drama in several languages: actors, technicians, musicians, sound-effect technicians and others.
7. Safety for women listening to Women of Hope programs and the Hidden Treasures audio drama on small media devices that can be hidden from pimps and abusers.
8. Those working in the United States to identify and recover thousands of minors who have been sexually exploited. Pray for the conviction of the more than 2,300 suspected online child-sex offenders arrested during a three-month operation. Pray also for the 383 children who suffered sexual abuse or were used in the production of child pornography.
9. The conviction of pimps, porn-film producers, internet-porn distributors and others who destroy the lives of women and children for financial gain.
10. Adults to do more to protect young children from being sexually assaulted by family members or caregivers. Pray that those who were assaulted as children will not be rejected or further abused by adults they confide in.
11. Millions of women and girls who are forced into sex slavery and serve men in homes, brothels, escort services, massage parlors, strip clubs or hotels or are prostituted on the streets or forced to participate in pornography.
12. Young girls and women trafficking victims who are violently and emotionally traumatized. Many are in despair and consider suicide as an escape from the torment of being locked away, beaten, starved and raped when they resist their pimps, rapists or employers.
13. Awareness campaigns and the volunteers in various countries who distribute leaflets and posters to inform women of the dangers of leaving their communities to find work. Pray that government agencies will use the media to reveal the truth behind these fake job offers and deceptive promises of a better life.
14. Tourists, students, military personnel and businessmen to understand that many of the women they exploit are being forced to serve them. Pray that these men will offer to help women escape their captors (Ezekiel 33:11).
15. Girls from Vietnam, North Korea, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar who are tricked by relatives, friends or boyfriends and sold to men as brides in China, Malaysia and South Korea.
16. Authorities to do more to locate missing children and to punish those involved in kidnapping, drugging and abusing these young ones. “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4).
17. Women who have experienced rape, prostitution or abuse. Ask the Lord to enable them to know his transforming and healing work so that trust and dignity can be restored.
18. Fathers to cherish and protect their daughters, to provide them an education and to encourage them to set goals and live to glorify God in all things.
19. Women who are suffering from sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS-related ones), malnourishment, tuberculosis and complications from repeated rapes and abortions as a result of forced prostitution.
20. Refugees who left their homes with nothing and are now selling their daughters to pay the rent or buy food.
21. Poor immigrants in Europe to find dignified work so they are not forced into prostitution to provide for their families in their home countries.
22. Law-enforcement officers to be educated about the local laws governing violence against women and girls. Pray also that officials who cover up and try to protect criminal abusers will be punished.
23. More people to become aware of the signs of human trafficking and to be courageous enough to help women escape abuse. The clues include someone whose communication is restricted, is rarely seen outside her residence, lacks travel documents or lives in a building that is frequently visited by men.
24. Nepalese children, women and teen girls who are raped by their relatives or unknown men and sometimes killed or sold into slavery in India, China and other countries.
25. Women who are suffering from abuse, infidelity or abandonment by their husbands. Many of these uneducated and unskilled women are forced into prostitution so they can feed their children.
26. Christian organizations providing safe homes and job training to young girls vulnerable to sex trafficking. Pray that they will “stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
27. Christians to be channels of God’s love and compassion to women and girls who have been deeply wounded by physical and sexual abuse.
28. Children who experience neglect and abuse in their homes. Many neglected children become trapped in prostitution, porn and slave-like work in other countries or even in their own communities.
29. Governments to do more to help their poor by creating the conditions in which people can get skills training and find honourable work.
30. Victims of trafficking, prostitution and rape who have been abandoned and stigmatized by the very people who should have protected them. May they experience healing and restoration in Christ and therefore be able to trust people again.
31. Girls who are forced to become brides of much older men and in some cases are temporary “wives” easily divorced or sold into prostitution.