THE EVERYDAY PERSON CAN HELP TRAFFICKED VICTIMS

G.K. Pierce: ankyrapublications.com

 

Many individuals are passionately opposed to human trafficking and would love to help in some way, but have no idea how. It isn’t practical for the majority to raid brothels or volunteer for a trafficking organization. Nevertheless, there are many simple ways the average, everyday person can make effective and powerful impacts in their exact place in life. We’ll discuss three!

 

 

1. Get Educated

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

 

 

It is so important to get knowledge and understanding. Researching, studying, and investigating the topic of trafficking will give us a much better grasp regarding the issues we face and how we can actually address things. The more educated we become, the more effective we are. Let’s start by watching a video.

 

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2. Stop the Consumption of Pornography

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

 

Pornography fuels human trafficking. There is no doubt about that. The two literally go hand in hand.

Lara Janson from the Huffington Post states, “Trafficked women and youth are frequently used in porn films... I have interacted with survivors who said they were not only trained for sexual exploitation by being forced to watch porn and imitate it, but they were also made to participate in porn that would be watched later by countless men [and women] without the victims’ consent.”1

We can further consider:

  • Forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. There are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally.2

  • Sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world.3

  • More than half of trafficked victims are sexually exploited;4 other studies indicate 80%.5

  • Nearly half (49%) of sexually exploited women said that pornography was made of them while they were being sold for sex.6

  • The statistics are clear. An enormous portion of the pornography produced involves trafficked victims. And, it’s literally impossible for a viewer to determine if porn involves trafficked victims or not.

  • If Christians at large would stop using porn, both the pornography and trafficking industries would collapse. The Church needs to rise up. Consider the following statistics:

  • 57% of pastors say porn addiction is the most damaging issue in their congregation.7

  • 76% of 18 to 24-year old Christians actively seek out porn—A Barna Group Survey, 2016 

  • 68% of church-going men and over 50% of pastors view porn on a regular basis—Pure Desire Ministries 

  • Only 7% of pastors say their church has a program to help people struggling with pornography.7

  • We need to say no to porn and encourage others to do the same. It’s about time for a holy revolution.

 

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3. Prayer

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16).

 

 

Prayer moves mountains. It’s an honor and privilege to pray, partner with God, and stand in the gap for others. It’s astonishing, really—to know that our prayers and petitions can change situations, save people from destruction, and change the course of destinies. Victims of trafficking desperately need our help through this sort of partnership. We’ll never know the full impact of our prayers here on earth, but what a beautiful thing to be revealed in heaven.

 

Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you wonderful and marvelous things that you know nothing about (Jeremiah 33:3).

 

If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).

 

Let’s exercise persistent prayer regarding human trafficking. Like the widow in Luke 18, let’s trust God to hear and act, as we faithfully continue our petitions to Him.

 

Prayer for victims of trafficking. Isaiah 61:1: To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Pray victims would:

 

  1. be freed from the chains that bind them

  2. encounter the Lord—His love, presence, and receive salvation

  3. have wisdom, supernatural wit, and revelation in dealing with their tribulations and captors

  4. receive the execution of God’s justice, mercy, and grace over their lives

  5. heal—spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally

  6. have fair and honest employers offer them quality jobs, training, and education so they would not turn back to the streets

  7. encounter loving, godly Christians/organizations and beneficial services for recovery

  8. know their identity in Christ and the reality of Psalm 139

  9. have hope for their futures and strength and grace to forgive

 

Prayer for traffickers/pimps. Acts 22:6-10: Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” So I answered, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said to me, “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.” And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. So I said, “What shall I do, Lord?” And the Lord said to me, “Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.”

 

John 8:32: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Pray traffickers/pimps would...

 

  1. have a deep revelation and conviction of their sin

  2. experience a profound, life-changing Damascus-type encounter with the Lord

  3. see their prisoners through the lens of the Lord

  4. repent and leave the sex trade

  5. hunger and thirst for righteousness—desiring to seek the Lord—the Pearl of Great Price

  6. ask the question, “What shall I do, Lord?”… then have the strength and empowerment to listen and follow

  7. use their knowledge of the industry to fight for the freedom, safety, and restoration of trafficked victims

  8. surrender completely to the Lord and do great exploits for His kingdom

  9. share their testimony with others (Revelation 12:11).

 

 

Prayer for those battling in this war. Galatians 6:9: And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Pray that individuals/organizations laboring in this field would have:

 

  1. the strength of the Lord for the warfare they face

  2. supernatural protection from all evil

  3. ears to hear Your voice and instructions

  4. courage in the face of trouble and perplexities

  5. creative plans and strategies

  6. loving words, actions, and deeds

  7. hearts fully surrendered to the Lord and His will

  8. a passionate heart for God and people

  9. perseverance and results (that they would see the fruit of their labor)

 

Prayer for the Church. Leviticus 20:26: And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. Pray the Church would:

 

  1. love the Lord their God with all their heart, with all their soul, with all their strength, and with all their mind, and their neighbor as themselves (Luke 10:27)

  2. walk in holiness—detesting and refusing to partake in all forms of perversion

  3. be set apart and surrendered to God

  4. walk circumspectly because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15)

  5. have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Ephesians 5:11)

  6. remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also (Hebrews 13:3)

  7. pray for a holy revolution in the Church

  8. be dedicated to biblical marriages, and biblical roles (as women, men, husbands, wives, etc.)

 

Prayer for society. 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Pray for the world to:

 

  1. have blinders fall from their eyes and see the truth

  2. taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8)

  3. turn from every form of evil and repent

  4. be delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Colossians 1:13)

  5. know to live is Christ (Philippians 1:21)

  6. live as bondservants of the Lord

  7. share their testimony of conversion and fulfill the Great Commission

  8. rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards the slaughter (Proverbs 24:11)

 

 

Sources

 

Janson, Lara. (2010, October 5). Tales from the census trial: The price of peddling porn.Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lara-janson/the-price-of-peddling-por_b_569242.html

2 Polaris. “The Facts.”  https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking/facts (retrieved October 9, 2019).

3 http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/what-is-human- trafficking.html (accessed July 19, 2010).

4 UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. “Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016.” http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/glotip/2016_Global_Report_on_Trafficking_in_Persons.pdf (retrieved October 9, 2019).

5 Ever Accountable. “The Link Between Pornography and Human Trafficking.” https://everaccountable.com/blog/the-link-between-pornography-and-human-trafficking/ (retrieved October 9, 2019).

6  “By the Numbers: Is the Porn Industry Connected to Sex Trafficking?” Fight the New Drug.

https://fightthenewdrug.org/by-the-numbers-porn-sex-trafficking-connected/ (retrieved October 10, 2019).

(2016). The Porn Phenomenon. Ventura, CA: Barna.