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East Asia and the Pacific
This region of East Asia and the Pacific include the following countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, The Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Micronesia, Federated States of Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, Western Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
The standards of anti-trafficking laws and procedures in this region are diverse and in many cases gravely lacking. The governments of Australia, New Zealand, The Philippines and the Republic of Korea are currently meeting TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards as well as implementing initiatives to combat sex trafficking. Other countries in this region are in significant need and making efforts to meet government standards. However, forced labor and sex trafficking of men, women, and children within most of these countries remains a significant problem. Poor economic conditions and poverty together with mismanagement and socioeconomic imbalance are leaving men, women and children vulnerable to sex traffickers.
In this region traffickers are commonly family, community members or small networks of independent brokers, however gangs of organized crime members are also preying upon vulnerable victims. Family survival strategies send vulnerable women searching for work to feed their families. Traffickers lure impoverished victims through false advertising of lucrative jobs, promises of marriage and rescue from destitute conditions. The internet, gaming sites and social media are being used by sexual predators to prey upon unsuspecting children and adults in need.
Victims are transported across borders and through countries in this region through illegal means. To facilitate irregular border crossings, traffickers offer sexual favors to complicit officials making identification of victims and prosecutions of criminals extremely difficult. Complicity allows traffickers impunity. Language barriers, drugs, debt bondage, passport confiscation, threats of deportation and violence are tactics used by traffickers to imprison their victims both emotionally and physically. Sex traffickers profit from child sex tourism, sale of children for sexual favors, child prostitution, child pornography, forced begging and street vending. Young girls 16 to 17 years old are used to sell their virginity. Men and boys are also victimized sexually and held for slave labor on fishing boats for years at a time. Brothels, beer gardens, massage parlors, hotels, salons and karaoke bars are among the sites used by sex traffickers to prey upon helpless victims. Human beings, some as young as 3, suffer psychological and physical traumas from repeated abuses.
The assault on the God-given dignity of each and every victim of human trafficking is horrific. We stand resolved and determined together in prayer and petition.
“And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly.” Luke 18:7
We praise you and we thank you for your Spirit of abundant Grace and Mercy. We thank you Lord, that by your spirit you have touched our hearts with your love and compassion for your precious ones who are suffering the assaults and travesties of human trafficking. Our hearts are broken with what breaks yours. We thank you for your constant presence with us. We humbly come to your throne of Grace in the powerful name of Jesus to cry out to you in prayer and petition. We thank you Father and we trust your promises and provision.
Our Faithful God of Justice we ask your help. Come quickly. We pray your strength, comfort, freedom and peace for all victims, perpetrators, communities and governments around the world, especially people in the region of East Asia and the Pacific. Hear our prayer, O God, listen to the words of our mouths. (Psalm 54:2). We stand in awe of your power and might, Lord and we praise you for Kingdom warriors called to fight evil with Truth, Grace and Mercy.
We humbly pray for:
The Good News of Jesus Christ penetrate hearts of victims, perpetrators, families and complicit officials in governments and communities;
Freedom and restoration for victims.
Repentance and restoration for perpetrators.
Increase in awareness at community levels in every country of the world.
Liaisons to encourage cooperation between International agencies, NGO’s (Non-government Organizations), Government Officials, Law Enforcement and other authorities.
Favor, wisdom, and provision for ministries focused on fighting the injustices of trafficking.
Protection and provision for powerless victims, especially children. We pray your spirit guard the hearts, minds and bodies of victims, especially young boys and girls selling their virginity.
An increase in the numbers of shelter and protection resources that address the needs of trafficking victims, with a particular focus on male victims and mental health provisions.
Victim- friendly criminal justice proceedings for victim witnesses, particularly children.
Broadened trainings for front line and recovery workers.
Committed hearts in Governments to implement standards and strategies to identify victims and provide services.
Translators for language barriers.
Peace that surpasses understanding for all parents, family and friends of missing loved ones.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
They said, `May it be so! Blessing, praise, glory and wisdom, thanks, honor, power, and strength belong to our God for ever and ever! Amen!’
A-21 Prayer Guide (downloadable resource)