A prayer for victims of slavery and human trafficking

by Ellen Teague

Ellen Teague, a member of the Columban Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation team adapts prayers from Laudato Si' to help us pray for victims and predators of human trafficking and exploitation.

A prayer for victims of slavery and human trafficking

Lord, we ask you to . . .

Help the migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families who are often victims of labour trafficking in harvesting crops, we pray . . .

Free the vulnerable migrants at our borders who are exposed to the danger of being trafficked, we pray . . .

Open the eyes of parents who think their kids are safe and protected just because they are home with their electronic devices, we pray . . .

Give justice to the women and men who are hired in hotels and restaurants and forced to work excessive hours, with few breaks and no pay, we pray . . .

Free us from the sexual and economic exploitation which occurs because of human greed and profit, we pray . . .

Secure safety and justice for the very young boys and girls who are enslaved in dangerous work on cocoa farms and in conflict mineral mines in Africa, we pray . . .

Come to the aid of the parents of a missing child who was taken by a stranger she/he met through online gaming, we pray . . .

Remember those who work to eliminate factors that contribute to human trafficking, we pray . . .

Help predators to be touched by God’s love so that their hearts may be transformed, we pray . . .

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in all of your creatures. Pour out upon us the power of your love that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.
God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all people of this earth.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

Amen.

Ellen Teague adapted from Prayers in Laudato Si’