By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager
This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Prayer.
July 30th is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. (1)
The purpose of this day is to raise awareness and encourage advocacy against the global crime of exploiting women, men, and children for forced labor and sex.
Since 2003, there have been an estimated 225,000 victims of trafficking worldwide, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (2)
Many nations have taken a strong stance against human trafficking and created laws to try to prevent and end it.
Despite these efforts, human trafficking continues to be a global issue, and that is why the 2019 theme for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is “Human Trafficking: Call Your Government To Action.” (3)
The United Nations hopes to highlight the importance of government action in the interest of human trafficking victims and “encourage everyone to take action to prevent this heinous crime.” (4)
Today, take a moment to reflect and pray for survivors, as well as advocates who are trying to prevent and end human trafficking.
We seek your divine protection for all who are exploited and enslaved.
For those forced into labor, trafficked into sexual slavery, and denied freedom,
we beseech you to release them from their chains.
Grant them protection, safety, and empowerment.
Restore their dignity and provide them a new beginning.
Show us how we might end exploitation by addressing its causes.
Help us reach out in support of victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Make us instruments of your spirit for their liberation.
For this, we pray through Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.