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

São Paulo, Brazil

São Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and in all of South America. Sprawling over 580 square miles, the city is home to more than 11 million people. São Paulo is abuzz with activity, day and night, and it attracts a consistent flow of visitors, but this summer tourism will escalate.

On June 12, the FIFA World Cup will begin in São Paulo’s Itaquerão Stadium. The arrival of the games represents an exciting time for the residents of São Paulo. But along with the glamour and excitement, the event is expected to give rise to a dark reality. Historically, international sporting events, like the World Cup, trigger a spike in sex tourism. The outlook for this year’s event is no different. In fact, in a country like Brazil–where prostitution and exploitation are accepted as a cultural norm–dramatic increases in sex tourism are all but guaranteed.

Read more about São Paulo, Brazil › 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 São Paulo, Brazil. 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 Fortaleza 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 Brazil that would foster the protection of women and children and curb the demand for commercial sex.