Prayer

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. Every Monday, the International House of Prayer focuses all of their intercession sets in the 24/7 prayer room on the ending of human trafficking and related issues. Join the International House of Prayer and Exodus Cry every Monday night at 8:00pm CST for two hours of worship and prayer to intercede for Exodus Cry’s prayer focuses; join the prayer room live at ihopkc.org/prayerroom.

This month we’re praying for the city of

Paris, France

In the classic novel Les Misérables, first published in 1862, Victor Hugo’s depiction of Fantine offers a sympathetic portrayal of the plight of an impoverished, prostituted woman living in Paris, France in the early 1800s. In order to provide for her child, Fantine is forced to sell a prized locket, her hair, her teeth, and ultimately, her body. During her time in prostitution, Fantine contracts a fatal disease. After her death, her body is unceremoniously thrown into a public grave.

Hugo’s compelling depiction of Fantine’s life illustrates the author’s compassion for women who, as victims of poverty and societal constraints, fell prey to the ravages of prostitution. Historically, Hugo was one of the first public figures to openly connect the issues of prostitution and slavery. He said, “We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women, and its name is prostitution.”

Read more about Paris › 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 Paris. 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 Paris 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 Paris that would foster the protection of women and children and curb the demand for commercial sex.