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May25ThuMay 25, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
Praying for Victims of Trafficking, Prostitution, and Rape
Some cultures view women and girls as having less intelligence and value to the community than men and boys. People in these cultures are taught that men are superior and therefore must control, overpower, and use females for their enjoyment and benefit. Sadly, females in some cultures feel that being abused is normal and that they deserve nothing more. This cruel view of females as objects to be used rather than individuals to be respected results in human trafficking, prostitution, and rape is becoming more common in many communities.
Music, movies, photos, literature, and other media help dictate society’s acceptance of these degrading attitudes toward women. Routine exposure to this cruelty is likely to twist the minds and attitudes of some boys and men. Internet access in our homes and on our cellphones has made it easy for people of all ages and backgrounds to watch and listen to violent sexual acts.
A sexually violent culture is empowered when victims rarely report the crimes. If these victims do go to officials for help, many times they are required to prove that they did not encourage the violent acts. In some countries, officials seldom arrest and punish the rapists, pimps, buyers of exploited women, or others involved.
Every year, more people work to make others aware of the devastating facts of human trafficking and rape. Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Northern Ireland, and France have passed laws that criminalize buyers and protect those prostituted. A study by The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work revealed that there are 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking.
TWR Women of Hope’s audio drama for exploited women, Hidden Treasures, addresses their sensitive social, physical, psychological, medical, and emotional struggles from a Christian perspective.
Please pray for …
1. Women and girls who are lured into the illegal and highly profitable industry of transporting and selling people. The 2016 Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million people are subject to some form of slavery in the world today.
2. Women and girls who are sold into sex slavery by family, boyfriends, or others. The U.N. estimates that 54 percent of all human-trafficking victims are forced into sexual exploitation (prostitution, porn, or entertainment).
3. Women caught 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 programs broadcast in 71 languages to truly become women of hope as they 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. California officials reported that in January they recovered 28 commercially and sexually exploited children and 27 adult victims. They also arrested 142 males on the charge of solicitation, and 36 males were arrested for pimping. In total, 474 arrests were made. https://local.nixle.com/alert/5839303/?sub_id=1000000472
9. The conviction of pimps, porn-film producers, internet-porn distributors, and others who destroy the lives of women and children for financial gain. The United Nations revealed that women and girls make up 71 percent of human-trafficking victims.
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. More to be done to end slavery around the world. India remains atop the 2016 list with an estimated 18.35 million enslaved people, followed by China (3.38 million), and Pakistan (2.13 million).
12. Young girls and women 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 or rapists.
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, and 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. Many young girls become brides of much older men, and some are temporary “wives” who are easily divorced or sold into prostitution.
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. The education of law-enforcement officers concerning their local laws regarding 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 girls as young as 5 who are sold by family members into slavery as house servants in India and China. Many of them are forced to work long hours day and night, fed very little, and forced to sleep on the floor.
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 labour 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 home. 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.