Join me today in praying for those who are facing modern day slavery in India, the Philippines, and Ghana. My name is Fouad Abou-Rizk and I am passionate about justice for the poor. Today’s prayers are inspired by International Justice Mission. I write Humanitarian Prayers to be an advocate and help people care.
I pray for International Justice Mission’s Media Relations Officer in Bangalore, India, that because of their work the media will report on modern day slavery in their city, region, and country.
I pray that the public, once informed, will not be indifferent, rather they will rally the government to take action towards reform to protect the common poor from violence.
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 so that criminals cannot harm people without consequences. I pray that police will be well trained to prevent, stop, and investigate crime, and to treat victims with respect.
I pray for units in every city dedicated to human trafficking, for searching for where people are being enslaved and conducting operations to free them. I pray that there will be so many arrests and convictions of perpetrators that criminals will stop trafficking and enslaving people because they know they can no longer get away with it.
I pray that each victim, once freed, will be fully rehabilitated and return to a regular, purposeful life, and that they will experience the love of Jesus.
I pray that India’s government will work to educate its poor on their legal rights and the schemes human traffickers use to trap people into slavery.
I pray for a great reduction of child slavery in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. I pray that police will have sufficient staff and resources to go out on the lake and rescue boys every day.
I pray that within three years there will be so many rescues and arrests of those who are enslaving boys that all perpetrators will stop their crimes and release the boys because they know that they can no longer get away with it.
I pray for the end of cybersex trafficking (live-streamed sex abuse of children) in the Philippines. I pray that foreign viewers will see the wickedness and disgust of their sins and repent. I pray that demand for it will end so that traffickers will no longer harm people in this way.
I pray that Filipino police and legal forces will have the people and resources to actively investigate and pursue all cases of cybersex trafficking. I pray that they will dedicate themselves to freeing children from this form of abuse.
I pray for the end of modern day slavery and human trafficking worldwide in 19 years (in 2017 I prayed for it in 20 years). I pray that rule of law will prevail so that criminals will largely be unable to traffic and enslave others without consequences.
Notes and Explanations
Today’s prayers were inspired by the work of International Justice Mission. They are an organization dedicated to bringing justice to the poor in 16 countries and focus on modern day slavery and human trafficking, among other basic human rights abuses.
The prayers I described regarding how modern day slavery could be reduced in India and other countries were inspired by reading The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence by IJM founder Gary Haugen.
In this book he proposes that rule of law (legal consequences for criminals, essentially) is absent in many countries and that the presence of it would protect the common poor, who are the greatest victims of violence, from criminal violence including human trafficking, forced labor slavery, rape, and forms of sexual slavery and abuse. He argues that in most countries reforms are needed to create rule of law and that public pressure on the government can have a great potential to bring that to fruition.
There are thousands of young boys enslaved in the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana. They are prized because of their small fingers and hands to untangle nets from trees that cover the bottom of the lake. Lake Volta was artificially created by a dam, so much of it covers what used to be forests. There is a great risk and reality of drowning for boys who go to untangle nets in case they get caught in the nets themselves.
Cybersex trafficking is a tragic manifestation of how modern technology is being used to harm the vulnerable. It is the live-streamed and directed sexual abuse of children in front of a webcam. It is very prevalent in Philippines, being streamed to paying viewers around the world.