Our prevention work begins and ends with Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus has come to set the captives free (Luke 4:18), and we are praying daily for the end of human trafficking in all parts of the world.

There is no greater weapon against human trafficking than prayer.

This truth has been proven to us many times as we have rallied supporters and joined in prayer with friends from all across the United States and around the globe. From the rescue of those enslaved to the closing of brothels to the restoration of young women who are now free, we have seen His powerful works in response to prayer.

Every month we chose a city from around the nations on which to focus our prayers. These cities are chosen for their high volumes of trafficking or because we see a need to raise awareness about an issue hidden from the general population. Each week, we gather with hundreds of abolitionists from around the world to pray for an end to sex trafficking. You can join us, whether alone or with a group, LIVE at 8pm CST.

This month we’re praying for the city of

Mosul, Iraq

Mosul in Iraq is considered one of the most beautiful and important cities in the Middle East. Called Al-Faiha, which means paradise, it stands near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh and has been been occupied since the reign of the Assyrians. With the recent arrival of ISIS, Mosul is anything but a paradise. The reports have been grim, as ISIS has proven to be the most brutal terrorist group the Middle East has had to endure. Along with mass beheadings and forced conversions, ISIS has dived into the world of sex trafficking.

Minority religious groups, including Yazidis and Christians, tried to flee Mosul during the initial takeover. As they attempted to leave the city, women and young girls were captured and forced into marrying ISIS militants. These women and girls are offered as “rewards” for ISIS fighters and have become a significant tool in the recruitment of new jihadists.

Read more about Mosul, Iraq › City in Focus Archives ›

Red light prayer: pray for the ending of red light districts each time you stop at a red light. Get the decal to help you remember.

Red. Stop. Pray.

1. Father, we ask that you would protect each child who is living on the streets in Mosul. Would you place them in families and set them in the safety for which they yearn.

2. God, we ask that the anti-trafficking efforts that are taking place in Mosul would be successful and that local law enforcement would be able to see the crime and stop it from happening.

3. Jesus we are asking for new anti-trafficking legislation in Mosul that would foster the protection of women and children and curb the demand for commercial sex.