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

Fortaleza, Brazil

Already a top tourist destination among Brazilians, Fortaleza will gain significantly more international exposure as the site for both World Cup games and the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant. Because of the popularity of these events, as many as 600,000 international tourists are expected to pass through Fortaleza’s streets this year.

Because traffickers typically scale up their operations in conjunction with an expected increase in tourism, many experts claim that world-renowned sporting events and spikes in human trafficking are linked. An anti-trafficking expert at the UK-based Mirror News recently said, “For trafficking gangs, the World Cup represents an unprecedented opportunity to make money.”

Read more about Fortaleza, 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 Fortaleza, 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.