Human trafficking affects every country – as the origin, destination and/or point of transit of between 12 and 27 million victims around the world. While most reported cases of human trafficking are related to sexual exploitation, a significant amount are tied to forced labor. A leader in the Church’s efforts to address this diaspora challenge shares how she got involved:
On her way home late one night, JRT walked quickly through seedy, dangerous streets. As she passed by an old hotel, God drew her attention to one of the prostitutes. Not knowing what this meant, JRT began to pray and asked God to give her a way to speak to this woman.
A few weeks later, as JRT again passed by the same old hotel late at night, she saw several women and a tall man wearing a red skirt and high heels. As she kept walking, God burdened her to pray for the man so strongly that she had to stop and turn around. The Lord said, “Ask them their names.”
By the time JRT returned to the hotel, the only person left was the same woman she had noticed weeks before! So she began a conversation with Elise. When JRT was about to leave, Elise grabbed her hands and asked, “Will you pray for me now?”
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5): Light of the world, shine brightly in the places which have been darkened by human trafficking. Stretch out Your arm and bring rescue to these men, women and children who bear Your image. Let them know Your abundant life.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36): Our Shepherd, give us compassion for those who have been trafficked. Use us to pour out Your great love, Your protection and Your comfort.
Ask God how else to pray.
Ask God to reveal locations and businesses which have been involved in trafficking people. Confess the sins of the community and ask for forgiveness and healing.