The problem of child labor is far reaching from America to Asia and in Africa. Child labor has effected all parts of our imports and exports, as children are easily manipulated by adults and used many times as a commodity. The very ones that should be protected because of their innocents and vulnerability are the ones that are suffering. Here are a few examples of ways that children are being exploited and the people that are exploiting them.
An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for labour and sexual exploitation, according to the International Labour Organization
Forms of trafficking include sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic slavery, forced marriage, organ removal, and exploiting children by involving them in begging and war.
Trafficking brokers often have the same nationality as their victims. This allows them to use local connections, to win trust, and if a victim resists, to threaten his or her family.
This week our prayers are going to focus on the children and their freedom. Believing in God for restoration of their lives and families.
- Protection: God would protect and intervene on the part of children.
- Freedom: Children would be able to escape their traffickers and find a safe place to stay.
- Healing: Children would be healed physically, emotionally and spiritually from the enslavement they suffered.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
“The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves.”
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
One of the best ways for these children to know freedom is through knowing they are loved by God and created by Him. These are just prayer points but there are so many issues involved in child trafficking. Please take time to pray what God has put upon your heart for the children around the world.
Thank you so much for taking time to pray with us, we are praying for you to know all that God has for you. Remember your prayers are changing the world.