[b](Here is a short quick concise article on basic facts of Human Trafficking. It is from a ministry called Restoration Ministries D.C..)[/b]
Sex trafficking is the second-largest criminal industry in the world, after drugs and arms, and the fastest growing. The U.S. government estimates that each year as many as 900,000 people (mostly young women and girls) around the world are enslaved as laborers or sex workers. Seventeen to eighteen thousand of them are brought to the United States each year and held against their will. That number does not reflect the number of domestic females that are trafficked within the United States.
American teens usually turn to prostitution as a result of desperation or manipulation by adult pimps who promise love, money and glamour. These girls are unaware of the dangers they face, which include constant violence from pimps and johns, and extreme difficulty exiting the control of a pimp.
Approximately 600,000 children are believed to be at-risk for sexual exploitation in the U.S. Most prostituted women/girls have endured sexual abuse at the hands of a trusted family member or close friend and studies indicate that abused children are 28 times more likely to be arrested for sex trafficking than those who were not abused. Close to 450,000 children run away from home each year and one out of every three teens on the street will be trafficked within 48 hours of leaving home.
It has been said that every ill that society has can be found in the prostituted woman; homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, illiteracy, abortion, sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, suicidal tendencies and child welfare issues. That does not mean that every prostituted woman has every vice. However, this does indicate why they are usually very complex people and that it takes a very long time for their healing to be complete.
For example, it is not unusual that if a woman or girl has been trafficked for only two to three years that she has endured more than a dozen abortions at the hands of her traffickers. Most of us know someone who has had at least one abortion or possibly two and the trauma that they have encountered in trying to recover. Or we know someone who has been raped and the painful recovery process they have gone through. Trafficked women and girls are raped repeatedly multiple times per day.
Fifteen percent of all suicide attempts involved those engaged in prostitution and seventy-five percent of all people who are prostituted either attempt or commit suicide. It is very important for the non-therapist to see the warning signs, be able to apply suicide prevention first aid and then get them to a professional for help.
Because hard-core pimped women and girls endure a greater level of trauma than the average person, the traditional programs of recovery often are unsuccessful. RM is working with government officials, the police department, non-profit organizations and universities to develop a comprehensive holistic program that addresses their special needs and allows them to transition back into society as independent and fully functioning adults.
Definition of Human Trafficking
In 2000, the U.S. Congress passed a landmark piece of legislation that, for the first time, recognized the plight of those who have been sold around the world. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) [18 U.S.C. Sections 1589-1594] no longer saw women and girls who have been prostituted as criminals but instead as victims. TVPA provides prevention efforts, assistance for victims, and the prosecution of offenders.
The difference between smuggling and trafficking lies in a person's freedom of choice. An individual may choose be to smuggled into a country but the situation changes if the person then becomes exploited by taking away their freedom.
Three Elements of Trafficking
Recruiting, harboring, moving, obtaining, or maintaining a person
By force, fraud or coercion
For involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery or sex trade
A Trafficker's Profits
A trafficker in the Washington, D.C. area generally makes $3,000 per woman/girl a week. Multiply that by 52 weeks in the year and he/she is making more than $150,000. The group of women that the trafficker has is called his/her stable and there are usually six to eight women/girls in his/her stable at a time. Now, do the math, and that adds up to $1,248,000 a year of unreported cash per trafficker! It is very unlikely that the women/girls get any of the profits and they are not treated well while in the trafficker's care.
[b](Here is a thorough article on Human Trafficking hitting all the main startling facts. I was at one of my first prayer meetings at the prayer house in Kansas City. At meetings before I was trying to pray hard and not many seemed to align with me. But, this night a man named Benji Nolot got up and talked about this very article that he is writing here. I was there! It was crazy! The whole room was so in depth in prayer and gripped. I truly received a truck load of revelation on the injustice that is taking place! It was as if the heart of God was in me praying for these weak ones enslaved in brothels. Also as you read on facts in here are unthinkable and the earth with put on a whole new light of darkness to you.)[/b]
For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning; astonishment has taken hold of me. Jer. 8:21
II. IHOP's Prophetic call to contend against modern day slavery
A. On Sat., Feb. 3rd Lauren and I had a conversation with two friends who made us aware of what was happening in human trafficking. Two days later on Mon., February 5th, we shared the burden the Lord was beginning to place on our hearts for this issue in a briefing before the 8pm intercession meeting. As we discussed it one of the singers spoke up that she had just had a dream related to this issue the week before. She said that in the dream she was kidnapped by a foreign man and taken to the home of an American man. Once inside this home she realized she was in a brothel, and would be forced into a life of prostitution. In the dream she began to see the babies she would have to abort as a result of this lifestyle. She then heard someone (she believed was Jesus) singing "Open up the heavens over the weak!" We carried that prayer into the 8pm intercession meeting and it gripped the entire room. For two hours we cried out for woman and children enslaved through traffickers. A day and a half later a huge child pornography ring was busted, involving over 2,300 child pornographers in 77 countries. What is interesting is that in the briefing before the prayer meeting on Monday night we discussed the need for authorities to receive prayer so that doors would be opened for them to make busts. I told how a friend, who was an undercover DEA agent, described the unexplainable dimension of busts that were made, and the ones that were not made there is clearly a spiritual dimension behind criminal activity and law enforcement. We believe through these recent events that God is highlighting this issue as a significant focus for prayer at IHOP.
B. The following is an excerpt from an article on the bust that was made of the child pornography ring Austrian authorities said Wednesday (Feb. 7th) they have busted a major international child pornography ring involving more than 2,360 suspects from 77 countries who paid to view videos depicting infants and young children being sexually abused. Federal police called the case "a strike against child pornography unprecedented in Austrian criminal history." Interior Minister Guenther Platter said the FBI was investigating about 600 of the suspects in the United States. German authorities were following leads on another 400 people, France was looking into about 100 others, and at least 23 suspects were Austrians, he said. Platter affirmed videos downloaded from the Internet and seized by Austria's Federal Criminal Investigations Bureau included images that showed "the worst kind of child sexual abuse. Girls could be seen being raped, and you could also hear screams," said Harald Gremel, an Austrian police expert on Internet crime who headed the investigation.
C. The difficulty of making busts (excerpt from an article) Why did finding this take what would seem a lucky break by network administrator? Because everything traversing the borderless Internet looks the same while in transit. Whether it's a mundane e-mail or videos as insidious as this, all traffic gets splintered into packets of data that don't identify what they contain. Consequently, unless a nefarious Web site advertises itself with spam e-mails or shuttles an inordinate amount of traffic, several factors can conspire to keep it in the shadows.
1. One article said this bust was the equivalent to "finding a needle in a haystack."
D. This was one of the biggest busts in history (excerpt from article) The bust was "the largest case in Austria, and I'm sure one of the biggest cases also in the world."
III. the industry of human trafficking
She weeps bitterly in the night. Her tears are on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies. Lam. 1:2
A. What is human trafficking? The trafficking of human lives is the industrialization and commodification of human beings. It is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation. Trafficking involves a process of using illicit means such as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability. Victims of sex trafficking can be women or men, girls or boys, but the majority are women and girls.
B. Exploitation Victims trafficked into prostitution and pornography are usually involved in the most exploitive forms of commercial sex operations. Exploitation includes persons forced into prostitution, forced labor or servitude, slavery, the removal of organs, pornography, stripping, live-sex shows, mail-order brides, military prostitution, and sex tourism. Once in the brothels, madams often give girls birth control or force them to have abortions. It is not unusual that if a woman or girl has been trafficked for only two to three years that she has endured more than a dozen abortions at the hands of her traffickers. Sometimes, the madams allow girls to get pregnant and raise their children in the brothel, which strengthens their ties to "the life" and makes it even harder for them to leave.
C. Where? Sex trafficking operations can be found in highly visible venues such as street prostitution, as well as more underground systems such as closed-brothels that operate out of residential homes. Sex trafficking also takes place in a variety of public and private locations such as massage parlors, spas, strip clubs and other fronts for prostitution.
D. Deception Traffickers recruit women through deception, promising them jobs as waitresses, dancers, models, nannies, and other low skilled work. Others are given false marriage proposals. Upon arrival in their destination country, the victim's identification and travel documents are usually confiscated, and the women are sold into the sex or labor industry.
E. Living Conditions Women are sold frequently to various brothels to increase variety of clientele, distract police and to befuddle the women, decreasing their chance of finding help. They normally sleep in one room at a brothel, which is a building where prostitutes are available, receiving hardly any food and no medical attention. The brothels are normally crowded and unsanitary, which helps keep costs low and profits high. They are told that before they can be released, they must repay their "debt" which may include cost of transportation to another country, phony documents, rent, food, the price their new owners paid for them, and medical treatment. The owners never credit the women's wages against their debt. Life in these brothels is a numbing routine of sexual abuse with 18-hour days common as well as physical beatings.
F. The brutality of human trafficking Victims are brutalized until they are dehumanized and destroyed. The women are often raped and drugged to readjust them to their new life of servitude. Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to "condition" their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims' families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families' friends. Victims may also suffer from traumatic bonding a form of coercive control in which the perpetrator instills in the victim fear as well as gratitude for being allowed to live. Victims also face being inspected and sold at an auction. Some victims have unprotected sex with anywhere between six and forty five men per day, putting them at risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. If a woman becomes pregnant, she is forced to have an abortion and the cost is added to her debt. If the women refuse to work they are deprived of food, beaten, drugged, confined into small rooms, raped, or gang-raped. It is common for women to develop drug addictions either from force or turning to them to escape their misery. Women also face threats of the torturing or murdering of family members. Trafficked women endure horrific physical and psychological trauma and face numerous health risks, including: drug and alcohol addiction; physical injuries (broken bones, concussions, burns, other indescribable injuries); traumatic brain injury (TBI) resulting in memory loss, dizziness, headaches, numbness; sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, UTIs, pubic lice); sterility, miscarriages, menstrual problems; other diseases (e.g., TB, hepatitis, malaria, pneumonia); and forced or coerced abortions. Psychological harms include mind/body separation/disassociated ego states, shame, grief, fear, distrust, hatred of men, self-hatred, suicide, and suicidal thoughts. Victims are at risk for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) acute anxiety, depression, insomnia, physical hyper-alertness, self-loathing that is long lasting and resistant to change (complex-PTSD).
G. How prominent is human trafficking? Trafficking in women and girls is the second or third most profitable industry used by organized crime after drugs and guns. The United Nations estimates that as many as 4 million women and children are trafficked around the world for purposes of forced prostitution, labor and other forms of exploitation every year, meaning every thirty seconds or 2,500 per day another person becomes a victim. The UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years. There are currently 27-30 million individuals in slavery today, 70-75 percent of who are sex slaves. Sex trafficking is one of the fastest growing enterprises in the world it is a multibillion-dollar business. In terms of profits, it's on a path to overtake drug and arms trafficking," said Barry Tang, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement attachÈ with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in South Korea. "There's a highly organized logistical network between Korea and the United States with recruiters, brokers, intermediaries, taxi drivers and madams."
H. Corruption in law enforcement "According to a survey, 40 percent of the ex-prostitutes interviewed said policemen were clients at their brothels. And some reported seeing money change hands between pimps and police officers. In one case, a woman said the police tipped her pimp off about an impending raid. And in another a woman claimed the police dragged an escaped prostitute back to their brothel."
I. Organized Crime Traffickers are typically involved in highly organized crime and can include close friends or relatives of the victim. Sophisticated networks are needed to traffic large numbers of women including recruiters, document forgers, people to smuggle women over the border, and new owners awaiting the victims at their destinations. Trafficking is appealing to potential traffickers because of the massive profitability of it. The women can be sold repeatedly versus drugs that are gone once they are used. They are also motivated by the low risk of prosecution.
J. Can a victim get help? Finding a means of escape is difficult. If trafficked women are discovered by law enforcement, they are commonly identified as illegal immigrants. Since the women have no passports or legal documents, they are usually jailed and eventually deported. Deportation is also difficult since traffickers may find escapees Or victims may be arrested by the government in their home country for having illegally migrated. Women may also find themselves ostracized from family and friends if it is found out that they engaged in prostitution. In some cultures women are killed because of the shame they bring to the family. Another scenario is that law enforcement officials may work directly with traffickers and pimps. Some women may turn to the police and find themselves returned to their brothel owners. If women are fortunate enough to have their traffickers prosecuted, their luck wears thin pretty quickly. Most traffickers are given a slap on the wrist for their heinous crime.
K. Human Trafficking is a global issue This industry is not confined to any particular geographic region, culture, or race of peoples but happens everywhere on the globe. This is perhaps why the trade in humans has been called "the dark side of globalization."
L. Human Trafficking in America Once limited to infamous locales such as Bombay and Bangkok, sex trafficking is now a multi-billion dollar international business, with San Francisco among its largest commercial centers. Relying on research from the Central Intelligence Agency, the State Department estimates there are at least 50,000 human trafficking victims brought into the United States each year. The United States is among the top three destination countries for sex traffickers, along with Japan and Australia. Once in the United States, traffickers most often set up shop in California, New York, Texas and Las Vegas. There are at least 2.4 million children that are exploited in the sex industry in America.
1. Our MTV culture has made it "cool" to be a pimp. Rap star, "Snoop Dogg," publicly boasts of his "corral" of prostitutes, and prides Himself on being a pimp.
M. Human Trafficking and the military In addition to the organized crime rings, individual criminals, corrupt family members that sell or otherwise force women into sexual service, there are the horrific military campaigns in which rape and slavery are used as tactics of warfare and encouraged by army leaders. In the Sudan, young women and children are considered the most profitable war bounty. And Japan has been reluctant to acknowledge its dark legacy of the thousands of "comfort women" held as sexual prisoners during World War II. In August 2001, soldiers with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Eritrea were purchasing ten-year-old girls for sex in local hotels. Before the arrival of 15,000 UN troops in Cambodia in 1991, there were an estimated 1,000 prostitutes in the capital. Currently, Cambodia's illegal sex trade generates $500 million a year. No less than 55,000 women and children are sex slaves in Cambodia. Thousands of women and children have been trafficked from the Philippines, Russia and Eastern Europe and are forced into prostitution in bars servicing the U.S. Military in South Korea.
N. The mainstream popularity of sex slavery An estimated 3 million fans from around the world attended the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Vast numbers of them purchased sex as a form of entertainment. As many as 40,000 additional women were trafficked to Germany to be added to the approximately 400,000 women in Germany's sex industry. Germans accommodated the trade in women by facilitating the construction of mega-brothels and "sex huts," and cities hosting the games issued special permits for street prostitution, creating a virtual partnership with brothel owners, pimps and traffickers. In Thailand the government promotes the use of their sex slaves as a tourist attraction. The following is an excerpt from a government-sponsored advertisement, "The one fruit of Thailand more delicious than durian [a local fruit], its young women." In Cambodia the largest brothels are run by government authorities. In many countries the network of trafficking extends event to taxicab drivers who aid in capturing escapees, and even in abductions. An Austrian businessmen is planning to float Europe's first ever brothel chain on the stock exchange. Shareholders will get special discounts when they snap up shares in finance expert Dr Alexander Gerhardlinger's brothel chain "Golden Time." Gerhardlinger is owner of the investment firm RB Immo. The shares will be offered once the group's new brothels in Munich, Innsbruck and Nuremberg are opened, which will give him enough turnover for the stock exchange listing. He said: "I have had top lawyers, tax experts and even big name football players get in touch about acquiring shares. They all want to remain anonymous but are convinced the listing will be a winner." Investment banker Manuel Lorenz said: "Sex often brings enormous returns, there will be a lot of interest and this offering is sure to be a winner. A brothel share will of course be one that attracts a lot of interest in any case, and that will benefit sales."
O. The difficulty of prosecuting traffickers Trafficking thrives because it is so hard to prosecute the same women who are needed on the stand to help win cases are the ones who are being threatened into silence by their captors, said Heidi Rummel, a former federal prosecutor with the sex trafficking unit in Los Angeles, Ca. "We have to explain the woman's mind-set that she's often unsophisticated, comes from a country with a corrupt government and would believe her captors' lies that if she flees she could get arrested by police," she said. Juries have a hard time. They wonder: "If the door was open, why didn't she just run?" Sex traffickers who get caught are rarely convicted of sex trafficking and they know it. It's a frustrating cat-and-mouse game for federal investigators and prosecutors, who spend a year or more keeping a sex slavery network under surveillance, and then none of the women held in captivity is willing to testify. "Our undercover officers arrest women for prostitution weekly in the massage parlors," said Hettrich of the San Francisco vice unit. "We let her know if she cooperates with us, she won't go to jail. But she is more afraid of her traffickers than us." Women are scared for good reason. Those who have become witnesses have been burned with acid, have disappeared, or have had their homes ransacked and their families harmed or threatened in their home countries, said Dong Shim Kim, head counselor at Du Re Bang (My Sister's Place), a shelter for sex trafficking victims in South Korea.
IV. the spiritual gravity of HUMAN TRAFFICkING AT THE END OF THE AGE
A. Human trafficking will be predominant in the end-times.
And the merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargos (merchandise) any more; 12 cargos of gold and silver, precious stones and pearls and fine linen
and slaves and human lives. Rev. 18:11, 13 (NASB)
B. Human trafficking embodies Satan's strategy to demonize the earth through theft, sorcery, sexual immorality, and murder. Oppressors of woman and children in the sex trade industry systematically break down their victims to bring them into compliance with their agenda through forced drug abuse, severe sexual abuse, and the threat of murder.
And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts. Rev. 9:21
1. Theft Human trafficking most commonly begins with some form of abduction.
2. Sorcery After individuals have been abducted they are usually given drugs. This is one of the first stages in breaking an individual down. Many become addicted to, and physically dependent on drugs, after having been forced to take them initially.
3. Sexual Immorality Human Trafficking is fueled primarily by the sex industry. Victims suffer severe physical and sexual abuse.
4. Murders Most individuals who are trafficked are either murdered or diseased within four years. Either way, they are murdered either directly or indirectly.
C. Human Trafficking exhibits the aggression of Satan's agenda in the end-times.
1. Human trafficking opens up doors of unprecedented demonic activity into neighborhoods, communities, cities, and nations. The moral breakdown of nations brings corruption in every sphere of society. In Cambodia the largest brothels are run by authorities. There are also testimonies of police in other countries who after raiding a brothel make deals with the pimps, allowing them to remain operational for free visits to the brothel.
D. The sex trade industry is the natural bi-product of a generation fed by pornography from a young age.
The wicked prowl on every side when vileness is exalted among the sons of men. Ps. 12:8
1. Men are now demanding that their sexual fantasies be fulfilled and opening the doorway for the spirit of perversion to break out among the nations. This demand is coming at the cost of the utter destruction of human life.
2. Viewing pornography is participation with a spirit that is enslaving our woman and children, and will ultimately usher in the judgment of God upon the nations.
3. Jesus' indictment against the Church of Thyatira was there "toleration" of Jezebel. We need to have a "no tolerance" policy for this spirit in our own personal lives. That means for us men if we are struggling with pornography we smash our computers. This is equivalent to tearing down idols in the Old Testament times. We need to be violent about cutting off this spirit. Spiritual violence also includes guarding our eyes and our thoughts in every capacity.
4. We are living in a time when the world is being drowned in a spirit of lust. We need the highest levels of accountability. This is an Elijah/Joshua moment when we must choose whom we will serve.
V. Jesus' triumph over injustice
A. Jesus embodies all that is opposed to slavery.
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed." Lk. 4:18
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 1 Jn. 3:8
B. Jesus has a controversy with the nations.
For the Lord has a controversy with the nations. Jer. 25:31
1. He has a controversy with the Prime Minister of Belgium who has made it His personal goal to legalize brothels (prostitution is already legal).
2. He has a controversy with the Government of Cambodia whose authorities run the largest of their brothels
3. He has a controversy with the Government of Thailand who sponsors advertisements promoting commercial sex exploitation.
4. He has a controversy with the Government of Holland who is seeking to legalize sex with children.
5. He has a controversy with a political party in Holland who is seeking to legalize sex with minors, child pornography, and bestiality.
6. He has a controversy with every nation that has legalized prostitution.
C. The shedding of innocent blood invokes a severe judgment from God. In II Kings, the author gives insight into the reason God sent the Babylonians to judge Israel.
Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah (Babylonian invasion and Judah's consequent deportation), to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, 4 and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon. 2 Kings 24:3-4
1. What is startling is that the Lord told Josiah (the king who reigned after Manasseh) that even in the midst of a national spiritual revival that He was still going to judge the nation because of Manasseh's sin of shedding innocent blood (2 Chron. 34:23-28). The Lord beckoned His people throughout their history to return to Him with promises of blessing. However, in this scenario even when His people returned the verdict of judgment still loomed inevitable.
2. Right now the blood of millions of victimized woman and children is crying out from the ground. God will not turn a deaf ear to these cries.
3. Quote from Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural address, "Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman's two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
D. The Judge will emerge like a warrior overcome with wine. Jesus will avenge those oppressed through human trafficking at the Battle of Armageddon.
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, like a mighty man who shouts because of wine. Ps. 78:65
The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. Isa. 42:13
I will also gather all nations, and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people
3 They have cast lots for My people, have given a boy as payment for a harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they may drink
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place to which you have sold them, and I will return your retaliation upon your own head
The Lord also will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and earth will shake; but the Lord will be a shelter for His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Joel 3:2-3, 7, 16
E. Ultimate Justice for the Oppressed in the Millennial Age
Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king's Son. 2 He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice
4 He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor
11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him, 12 For He will deliver the needy when He cries
and Him who has no helper. 13 He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy. 14 He will redeem
their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight. Ps. 72:1-2,4,11-14
F. Jesus' prophetic word to the nations right now.
Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Ps. 2:10-11
VI. How to pray
Oh, that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! Jer. 9:1
Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the watches; pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift up your hands toward Him for the life of your young children
" Lam. 2:19
A. Jesus' invitation into friendship In Jesus' hour of personal crisis He called His closest friends to pray with Him (Lk. 22:39-46). His disciples however slept during an hour that called for intercession. This is where much of the church is at today. Jesus called this apathy related to prayers for justice a "fainting spirit" (Lk. 18:1). We are in a time of crisis that demands intercession Jesus is calling for His friends to join Him in prayer.
B. The war against slavery will not end until Jesus returns. However, even now God is raising up an army to contend against this massive injustice through Him we can win many battles, and many souls.
C. Specific Prayers:
1. Pray what one of our singers heard in a dream, that God would "open the heavens over the weak!"
2. Pray for Justice for the Victims Human trafficking is an issue of injustice. Injustice is taking away the God given dignity of an individual to choose and arbitrary abuse based on one's gender or ethnicity. In human trafficking individuals are taken against their will and forced to do things they would never choose to do.
a. Pimps use various methods of manipulation to force their will upon their victims. Victims are routinely threatened with beatings, torture, starvation, death, or the death of family members. In some cases woman are forced to have a baby so that the pimp can use them as a vice to prevent the woman from trying to escape, threatening to kill their baby if they do. These methods of intimidation force woman and children to perform acts of prostitution.
b. God will release speedy justice through day and night prayer Lk. 18:1-7. We are asking God to mercifully establish justice.
3. Pray for Mercy for the oppressors.
4. Pray that God would open up doors for authorities to make busts.
5. Jesus bore the judgment of God for us plead His precious and royal blood over the nations.
6. Pray that the "throne[s] of iniquity, which devise evil by law" (Ps. 94:20) would be torn down.
D. Weeping is a powerful form of intercession. Jesus said "Blessed are those who mourn." He Himself was a "man of sorrows" and was "acquainted with grief" (Isa. 53).
"Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?" Isa. 58:6
F. Holding in the light Intercession is not always intensely energetic. The Quakers practiced a form of intercession they called "holding in the light." They would envision the person they were praying for before the light of God's glory and just meditate on that. May we hold these individuals before the throne of God!
A. We are facing a global crisis in this hour. The Lord really cares about how we respond to this. There are now more slaves on the earth than at any other time in history. This is an epidemic of historic proportions. Let's not be relegated to the sidelines of insignificance while there are millions who desperately need our prayers and help. May we cry out "day and night" for the release of "speedy justice." May we ask the Lord if there is any other way He would like to use us to end this modern day scourge of slavery.
B. It is hard to imagine anything as horrifying as the Trans-Atlantic slave trade 200 years ago. The brutality of what we are seeing now in modern slavery rivals anything in history. Let's learn from history and not be silent.