More people are held in slavery today than in any other point in history. If that isn't enough to make you sick, this will: A large portion of these are underage sex slaves.
Some people refuse to look at the facts. Who wants to read a story about a four-year-old girl sold by her nanny to an "uncle" who will pimp her out to a dozen grown men a night? Who wants to hear the staggering reports of the children who die before they reach adulthood? (Statistics tell us that a child who is forced into prostitution today can only expect to live seven more years.)
Other people see the crimes, understand the travesty, and blame God. Why would he allow such little children suffer? Why wouldn't he intervene?
Then there are those who actively confront the problem. I'm not talking just about those whose job and mission it is to find and rescue sex slaves. I'm not talking only about the law enforcers and policy makers who put their lives on the line to ensure children in the future have better opportunities than those today.
I'm also talking about the prayer warriors, those who meet God on their knees and refuse to give up, even in spite of staggering statistics and sobering stories. Here are five ways you can pray to end sex slavery today:
1) Pray for better educational opportunities, especially for girls. If a girl doesn't receive adequate education to support herself, she may fall prey to trafficking schemes, or she may see forced prostitution as her only alternative to destitution or starvation.
2) Pray against corruption. All too often, corrupt police will return those who run away back to their pimps or human traffickers. Pray for people who will truly uphold justice in their communities so these children can find safety.
3) Pray for the johns. If nobody was willing to pay money for sex, there would be no need for sex slaves. As it is, the unending demand coupled with the short life expectancy of forced prostitutes creates an almost insatiable need for more and more "workers."
4) Pray for sting operations to succeed. Certain organizations spend months or even a year researching, surveying, and coordinating with local law enforcement to bring down sex ring operations. Pray they would be successful.
5) Pray for true spiritual freedom for those rescued from sex slavery. When victims are rescued, they require medical, emotional, and spiritual care. Many are at risk of returning to their former lifestyles, especially if the root causes of human trafficking (lack of education, poverty, harmful or misogynistic societal "norms," etc.) aren't weeded out.
Want to be even more informed? The 30 Days of Prayer devotional is available as an ebook or audiobook. You might also be interested in the suspense novel, Slave Again, which draws attention to sex slavery in east Asia.