I wrote this Prayer on the 22/1/16 almost a year ago… the issue is still alive and relevant and was dramatised in Silent Witness in BBC1 on the TV on Monday and Tuesday night.
Father , in the name of Jesus , we come
Lord we join our hearts and minds against the atrocities of trafficking and the merchandising of your people.
Lord our world has become commercial and harsh, rather than caring and feeling.
All run to excess.
Lord, we have lost sight of who we are and what we should mean to each other.
We are a people purchased by your blood
How could we then barter with life in such a cruel calculated way.
Lord, you said that the heart of man is desperately wicked who can know it?
Sadly, We have come to know it –
We see this ‘wickedness’ in the crime of trafficking,
We see this wickedness ,when children, women and men are duped and hoodwinked
When they are blindfolded and moved many miles from who and what they know.
We see lives being gambled and lost through storms and seas and atrocities.
Jarring journey’s Destined for death – spiritual , physical psychological death.
Moved, manoeuvred and manipulated towards an ‘n’ point called Nowhere.
No status, no recognition, no papers ….nothing, nobody….no one cares.
Stolen id, ego, hid, lost identity.
Piled like cargo, locked in , windowless vehicles, blacked out chambers, houses, factories, cellars
plied with substances to soften resistance and increase dependency
plied with work that never ends
Pressed and pressure into acts for the sadistic & God forbidden pleasure of others –
left to cry ,to lie, to bleed , to die on flea infested floors
to cushion and line the pockets of masters and mistresses
Dear Lord have mercy.
Open the hearts and minds of kings and governors to enact rules and regulations that safeguard and protect against this evil. Stamp it out.
Raise up counsellors, shepherds after your own heart to heal the wounds and restore all that is taken.
holy father, bring light out of this forced darkness.
Let the pain and seeds of trafficking bring forth seeds of compassion , new life , love and understanding in foreign lands.