Join me today in prayers regarding modern day slavery around the world and police violence in Kenya. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I’m passionate about justice for the poor.
I pray for the Media Relations Officer at International Justice Mission’s office in Bangalore, India, that because of their work the media will make known the reality of modern slavery in their city, region, and country.
I pray that the public, once informed, will not be indifferent, but that they will rally the government to take action and reform itself to protect and benefit the common poor.
I pray that as a result of public pressure, India’s government will work to rid its law enforcement and criminal justice systems of corruption. I pray that police will be well trained to prevent, stop, and investigate crime, and to treat victims with respect.
I pray for there to be police units dedicated to human trafficking, to searching for where people are being enslaved and conducting operations to free them. I pray that there will be so many arrest and convictions of perpetrators that criminals will stop trafficking and enslaving people because they can no longer get away with it.
I pray that each person, once freed, will be fully rehabilitated back to a regular, purposeful life, and experience the love of Jesus. I pray that India’s government will work to educate its poor on their legal rights and the schemes of traffickers.
I pray for the end of slavery in the fishing industry of Lake Volta in Ghana in 4 years, that there will be so many boys rescued and perpetrators arrested that criminals will stop enslaving boys because they know they can no longer get away with it.
I pray for the end of sex trafficking and rape, that men will see the wickedness of their sins, the dignity of each person, and the loving sufferings of Jesus for them, and repent. I pray that each victim will experience the restorative power of Jesus. I pray that each victim will be treated with gentleness and never blamed in encounters with police, especially if they go to police after being assaulted.
I pray for the end of cybersex trafficking in the Philippines, that demand for it will end as men see the disgust and wickedness of their sins. I pray that each abuser will be arrested and each child freed.
I pray for the end of slavery worldwide in 19 years (in 2017 I prayed for this in 20 years).
I pray for the end of property grabbing in Uganda, that women will be respected as landowners. I pray that men who do not respect women’s legal right to own land will be punished under the law.
Notes and Explanations
Today’s prayers are inspired by the work of International Justice Mission and the book by their founder, Gary Haugen. The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence is the basis of my reasoning behind how these injustices and evils can be extinguished.
Public pressure and demand has an incredible potential to stop injustices in a society, especially if the government does not presently do much to stop them.
Cybersex trafficking is sex abuse of children live streamed to paying viewers internationally. The viewers can direct the abuse. It is a tragic manifestation of modern technology being used to harm the vulnerable.
Learn more about child slavery on Lake Volta in this video.
Property grabbing commonly happens to widows when their husbands die in rural Uganda. Often the family or community will not respect the widow’s right to own the land and steal the land that the woman and her children depend on for agriculture and income. Read about property grabbing here.