Migrant Victims of Trafficking
Women and children making the dangerous journey to Europe to flee poverty and violence in Africa are being beaten, raped, and starved in Libya, a country they must pass through on their way. A recent report exposes that children are being sexually abused and coerced into prostitution and work, and people are being held for ransom for months in overcrowded detention centers. Men and women are being sold into slavery if their families cannot pay ransom. Many of the detention centers identified in the report, housing thousands of people, are run by the Libyan government’s Department for Combating Illegal Migration.
God, we pray for the vulnerable people who have been forced to flee their homes and who now encounter horrors as they seek safety. Protect them from evil, Lord. We pray for the country of Libya, which is experiencing such lawlessness, to become a place where justice and peace are possible. We pray for all who are captive and oppressed — hear their cry, Lord.