Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Poverty, Hunger and Trafficking

The more I explore, the more I learn that poverty is one of the critical elements in the human trafficking trade.

Today, I was sent a link to the latest World Vision online magazine. It is beautiful and worth a complete read. This issue focuses on the global epidemic of hunger.

But an element in an article about praying for those who struggle with hunger caught me off guard:

Pray that children are no longer forced into sex trafficking.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Today, an estimated 2 million children — most of them girls — are enslaved and abused in the global commercial sex trade. Many children are sold into prostitution to pay off family debts or abducted from the streets and forced to work in brothels. Children who escape or are rescued face a difficult physical and emotional recovery process.

Dear God, there are times when it is right — and righteous — to be angry. It is right to be angry about people who sexually exploit children. Let that righteous anger fuel action, Lord. Don't let it fade into complacency.

For people who work in such poverty that hunger is a mainstay, human trafficking is always a threat. So, as we pray for famines to end and tummies to be full, we also pray for protection from the ever-present threat of traffickers.

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