Welcome all Red Tent Prayer Warriors.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Eph. 6:18

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24

 

 

THE AMERICAS

This region includes the following countries and territories:

North America – Canada, Mexico and the United States of America

Central America and the Caribbean – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago

South America – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chili, Columbia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The region of The Americas includes countries greatly diversified in their efforts to combat, report, and implement policies and services regarding sex trafficking.  Canada, The United States, Chili and Columbia are countries who have met the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) minimum standards.  The majority of the remaining countries do not currently have governments meeting the TVPA’s standards.  Within and across the borders of The Americas, one commonality remains – atrocities of sex trafficking are not a problem that exist only in third world countries, it is a global dilemma that faces every country and nationality.

Canada and the US report high numbers of at risk and runaway youth, unaccompanied children crossing borders and children in the foster system as those most vulnerable to trafficking. Unsuspecting youth, including those that are not high risk are vulnerable to cyber-sex predators posing as ‘friends’ through internet and social media.  Also at risk for exploitation and abuse are vulnerable women, men, the mentally and physically handicapped and rising numbers of LGBT individuals.

Child sex tourism is a major problem with many ‘sex tourists’ from the US, Canada and Western Europe.  Tourists traveling from abroad engage in child sex tourism, an industry that exploits missing children and youth. Public and private locations such as hotels, massage parlors, truck stops, spas, strip clubs are fronts used for prostitution.  Hospitality venues related to sporting, business and entertainment events are popular settings for coercion, sexual exploitation and abuse.

Organized criminal groups and drug cartels force men, women and children to engage in sexual prostitution and criminal activities such as hit men, look outs and the production, sale and transportation of drugs.

Victims trafficked across borders of “The Americas” are dispersed by their captors across countries making identification and rescue difficult.  This region also includes the city of Tenancingo, Mexico, known around the world as the “Mecca of Human Trafficking”.  It has risen to be the most major provider of prostitutes in the US.[1]

Victims of sex trafficking suffer a multitude of psychological and physical harms.  Traffickers use a variety of methods to ‘condition’ their victims: starvation, confinement, beatings, rape, threats of violence, deportation and threats of death to themselves or their families.  Many victims do not ask for help or support for fear of being prosecuted for criminal activities performed while in the grip of traffickers.

The damage is extensive, the cost to human lives immense.

We will not avert our eyes.  We stand in prayer and petition on behalf of those suffering the evils of sex trafficking.

 

All-Knowing, All Seeing, All Loving and Merciful Father:

We come with hearts of gratitude and praise for your presence with us.  We thank you for your Spirit of love that breaks through barriers of language, creed, cultures and nations.  Lord we rest dependent upon your omniscience and power.   Sovereign God we trust the details of our world, our governments and all people to your Lovingkindness. 

We join together by your Spirit and pray with hearts broken and grieved for those suffering the evils of sex trafficking. By your grace Father, we ask your Spirit of Intercession to touch our hearts daily with courage and a desire to pray as kingdom warriors in this battle against evil. 

Lord, hear our prayers for:

  • Partnerships of governments for global commitment and action to abolish sex trafficking in every nation.
  • Provision, funding and protection of NGO’s (non-government organizations) and government agencies, especially the foster care systems to provide safe havens for and identification of at risk and runaway youth, unaccompanied children crossing borders and those children searching the internet. 
  • Awareness, training and education about sex trafficking for parents and all authorities who minister to children in any capacity, both victims and non-victims. 
  • Increased compassion and understanding for any and all authorities, front line care givers and any peoples ministering to men, women, children and LGBT individuals rescued from trafficking.
  • Increased victim assisted programs to include protection from misidentification and conviction of crimes committed while in captivity.
  • The cessation of corruption in governments and the prosecution and identification of complicit government officials participating in coercion and bribes.
  • Victims be exonerated from any prosecutions or convictions regarding activities while in captivity.
  • Government officials of all nations be moved with unquenchable desire to meet and surpass the TVPA standards for victims and for traffickers.
  • Relief of the violence, cruelty and degradation of human lives all over the world.
  • Captors, criminals, cartels, organized crime, pimps and traffickers come to know our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Comfort and salvation grace for relatives and friends of those who are missing.

We pray for love, justice and mercy for our world, especially the region of The Americas.  We ask you to rise up courageous warriors for this region, in particular for the city of Tenancingo and all who inhabit it. 

 

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4:14-16

 

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.

 Revelation 22:20-21

 

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!’

Rev. 7:12

[1] Mexiconewsdaily.com

Trafficking in Persons Report 2016

A-21 Prayer Guide (downloadable resource)