O God of liberty and justice: we live in a nation in which the institution of human bondage was once a legal and accepted practice. We give thanks for those who worked and fought, at great personal sacrifice, to bring about an end to that cruel and oppressive system in our own land, and we pray that governments and authorities everywhere in the world might be led to make a quick end to the enslavement of any human being, throughout the Earth.
Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia
O God, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of children and adults deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor because of human greed.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are being transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking and pray for it to end.
Strengthen the fragile spirited and broken hearted. Make real your promise to fill these, our sisters and brothers, with a love that is tender and good and send the exploiters away empty handed.
Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to freedom that is your gift to all of us. Ame.
School Sisters of Notre Dame SHALOM North America
A Prayer for the End of Human Trafficking
God of freedom, beauty and truth
we believe that your deepest desire,
your most powerful energy,
is that all creation might know abundant life.
We raise our voices in anguished prayer
for our sisters and brothers,
women and girls, men and boys,
who are modern day slaves;
They are your beloved daughters and sons,
exploited sexually or forced to work
because of human violence and greed.
Fill us with your holy anger and your sacred passion
that those who are trafficked might know healing and justice;
that traffickers will come to repentance and conversion;
that all of us might live in such a way
that others are not made to pay the price
for our comfort and convenience.
Hasten the coming of the day when all people
and our precious Earth itself
will be treated, not as a commodity,
but as radiant images of your freedom, beauty and truth.
Amen. May it be so.
Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth
Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking
Reader: God, you do see; you see every trouble, every cause for grief; you will hear the desire of the meek; you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed, so that those from earth may strike terror no more. ~ Psalm 10
Leader: God of life, truth and freedom, we come into your presence and ask you to hear us as we pray…
Our Response is: Liberate them from oppression
For child laborers, child soldiers and children exploited in pornography, we pray: Response.
For young girls and women exploited on the streets: Response.
For all men, women and children enslaved, betrayed and abandoned: Response.
Our Response is: May justice reign in our day
That the perpetrators and organizers of human trafficking turn away from their unjust ways, we pray: Response.
That the millions of people trafficked will experience freedom: Response.
That government leaders, corporate directors and all that serve the public will address the systems that make human trafficking possible: Response.
Our Response is: We come as a people of hope
We believe in hope that working together as a community we can Stop the Demand for human trafficking. Response.
We are strengthened by what we have learned and commit to act on behalf of justice: Response.
We are chosen, we are called and we are committed to Stop the Demand and end human trafficking: Response.
All: God, give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity, so that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen.
Interfaith Peace & Justice Center
Dear Lord, just as You helped Moses and Aaron as they spoke boldly to Pharaoh on behalf of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt, help us speak up for modern-day slaves around the world.
Prayer for the Victims of Human Trafficking
Lord, in this moment we stand beside every victim who has been human trafficked.
In this moment, we know you bear their excruciating fear, hurt and pain. May they feel your peace and grace wash over them.
We pray for justice to be served.
We pray for their release from the unbearable dehumanization, anguish and humiliation they feel.
We pray for their liberation from being held captive against their will, and by your grace for Good Samaritans to restore their lives.
We pray for the healing of victims and for their loved ones.
We pray as part of a united, worldwide movement for the empowerment and ability of all Churches, of all religions, International and Civil Society Organizations, Governments, National Authorities, Business Communities, and People of Good Will everywhere to put an end to human trafficking.
We pray never to forget what it feels like to be in this moment; to stand in solidarity with victims of human trafficking consumed with fear and pain.
We pray you will use us in some way to help end this human tragedy.
Lord we have faith that your presence, your love, and your spiritual embrace will always be with the victims of human trafficking.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, hear our prayer.
Global Freedom Network
Loving and compassionate God, we pray for the millions of victims of trafficking.
Free them from the chains of this modern-day slavery.
Heal their pain, renew their hope, and restore their sense of worth and human dignity.
Convert the hearts of all those whose actions contribute to the exploitation of the most vulnerable members of the human family.
Touch our hearts so that we will be instruments of your justice, love and peace.
Teresa Wolf OSB
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