Category Archives: Human Trafficking

Mary Jane Veloso: Indonesia


Mary Jane Veloso, originally of the Philippines, is imprisoned in Indonesia as a result of her unintentional involvement in drug trafficking as she was seeking employment to provide for her two children.  The thirty-year-old mother traveled to Malaysia for a job she had been promised.  When she arrived, she was told the job was no longer available, but there were possibilities for jobs in another area.  In the meantime, the recruiter would send her on a “seven-day vacation to Indonesia”.  When she arrived in Indonesia, she was astonished to find that the suitcases she had brought contained heroin.   She says she had no idea the drugs were in the luggage.  Mary Jane was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death.  Her appeal has been rejected, although her death sentenced was temporarily suspended, on the day she was to be shot.  According to The Human Lens:

Not fluent in English and limited in formal education, she was swept up in circumstances resulting in her conviction: she had no legal counsel for most of the process, she did not understand most of the proceedings, and her family received death threats from the drug syndicate, warning them not to go to the media or seek help.

Mary Jane is a victim of human trafficking.  Her search for employment initially led her to Dubai, where she worked as a domestic until an attempted rape against her.  Many illiterate, itinerate workers suffer such things as they search for work in other countries.  Although there are organizations designed to help these victims, they are not able to provide nearly as much help as is needed.

The government of the Philippines is working to bring Mary Jane home so that she may witness in a case against the woman who recruited her.  The president himself is acting on her behalf.  Representatives of the Indonesian government say that is not likely to happen.

Source:  The Human Lens
 The Guardian

What you can do:

  • Pray for Mary Jane, and all the victims of human trafficking (there are millions of them).
  • Pray for the governments of the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
  • Pray for the organizations working on behalf of migrant workers will become more efficient, effective, and energetic in working on behalf of the oppressed.

Father, You are Lord of all, whether people want to believe it or not.  You inhabit all of the universe, and You are active in the lives of every person on earth.  Nothing happens of which You are not aware and intimately acquainted.  You are the protector and defender of the afflicted, the poor, and the oppressed.  With all that is in me, I lift up Mary Jane to You, along with millions of people who find themselves in similar circumstances.  I ask You to be her strength, her comforter, her supporter, and her rest.  I ask You to bring justice to her, to support the efforts of her government to bring her home, and to provide for the needs of her children while she is gone.  Surround her with Your love.  Reveal Yourself to her in all Your power and great glory, to bring honor and respect to Your name.  Show her Your love and Your care for her.  Give wisdom to the courts of Indonesia as they work through this situation and others like it.  I ask You to bless those agencies that are working on behalf of the victims of human trafficking.  I ask You to guide them in the best way to provide support and to bring justice to those they are attempting to serve.  You alone are able to bring good out of evil.  I thank You for all You are already doing, and will continue to do, to help Mary Jane and her children.  Amen.  


Eman Morco Saroufim: Egypt


An armed Muslim man kidnapped Eman Morco Saroufim, 39, on September 3, 2014.  She was taken from her village in Menia Egypt, but later escaped from her captor on September 26th.  The Egyptian government claimed to have a video of her stating that she had left her family and come willingly with the man, desiring to convert to Islam, however  she denied all of this when she escaped and returned to her family of five children.  She says she is a Christian and will not convert.  The man has threatened to kidnap her children if she doesn’t come back to him.

Every month, women and girls are abducted and forced to covert to Islam.  Many are forced to marry their captors.  Videos are often made where the captives are forced to lie about their situation.  The videos are then sent to their families.

Source:  Voice of the  Martyrs

What you can do:

  • Contact your governmental representatives regarding the plight of women and girls in Egypt and around the world.  Encourage them to do something about the problem.
  • Pray for women and children who are victims of human trafficking.

Father, Thank You that Eman was able to escape from her captor and return to her family.  We lift her up, along with her five children who have been threatened by this man.  We ask you to move the authorities to work to keep her and her children safe.  We ask you to work in the heart of her captor, to bring him to repentance and the full knowledge of the truth, to bring him into Your glorious kingdom of love.  Give Eman courage and wisdom regarding the situation.  Provide for her needs, and give her friends and family who will help her through this dangerous event.  Bless her, strengthen her, encourage her, and support her, in Jesus’ mighty name.


“Sana” & “Kanwal”: Pakistan & Dubai

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Sisters “Sana” and “Kanwal” were duped into prostitution when they met with a “woman from the city” who told them of lucrative jobs in the cosmetic and beauty industry.  They signed papers of employment, which were really fake travel documents allowing the girls to travel out of Pakistan, to Dubai.  At the airport, they were informed about the true nature of their “jobs”, and when they asked to leave, were told about the false papers, and threatened with being turned over to the authorities.  They boarded the plane, hoping to get help at their destination.

Upon arrival in Dubai, they were tortured, beaten, and their Pakistani families were threatened when the girls refused to participate in sexual acts.  The brothel in which they were placed contained 20 other under-aged girls who were imprisoned, and kept apart from each other.  The sisters were occasionally allowed to call their parents, but were afraid to tell them the true nature of their situation, or even give them a clue, due to fear of reprisals.

The girls were finally allowed to return to Pakistan, to renew their visas, and told family members about what had happened to them.  Then members of the trafficking gang broke into their home, attempting to kill them.  The family has a lawyer, but little progress has been made on their case.  The two sisters now live their lives in fear of the gang that kidnapped them and made sexual slaves of them.

Source:  The Human Lens

What you can do:

  • Pray for “Sana” and “Kanwal” and their family
  • Pray for human trafficking gangs and organizations to be identified and stopped
  • Pray for the authorities in charge of controlling these gangs
  • Pray for those who use human sex slaves to come to their senses, and stop their patronization

Father, I can’t even begin to imagine what these two sisters, and others like them, have gone through.  I ask You to protect them from their enemies, to cleanse them of guilt, and to give them new lives of freedom that they can enjoy.  I ask You to strengthen their families, and protect them all from evil.  I pray for their lawyer, that You will give him wisdom and courage to push this case, and that those involved will be brought to justice and stopped.  I pray that You will pour out Your mercy, grace, and love on everyone involved with the case, for You can bring redemption from corruption, and love from hate.  You can make all things work together for good.  Stop at nothing to restore and redeem these precious girls that You have created in Your own image.

Isma: Saudi Arabia

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Isma, a sixteen year old Pakistani woman, born in Saudi Arabia, was jailed after she reported that she had been raped.  “I was raped and molested without my consent but I was named as the accused, and the man who committed the crime was not touched. He first kidnapped me, dragged me into his car. Initially he asked for sleeping with him and offered a huge sum. When I refused and tried to get away, he warned me of dire consequences and raped me in the car.”  Isma, and her sister, Muni, who tried to help her, were both deported to Pakistan.  Isma spent six months shackled and in a prison in Saudi Arabia before she was removed to the homeland of her parents.  Isma does not want to pursue the case because of concern for her parents, who remain in Saudi Arabia.  They were brought (trafficked) to the country 20 years ago.  According to The Human Lens,

“It was the darkest time of their life to see the cells full of countless innocent women prisoners from Pakistan, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nigeria who were brought to Saudi Arabia through trafficking networks and were charged with prostitution.”

Mr. Ansar Burney, a human rights lawyer in Pakistan, has taken the two teenagers under his wing.  He has rescued thousands of young women from sex trafficking organizations throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Saudi Arabia is a common destination for human trafficking rings, and an active market for slaves and sexual objects.  It has been under the scrutiny of human rights organizations for many years.

Source:  The Human Lens

What you can do:

  • Pray for the victims of the human trafficking cartels.
  • Pray for the government of Saudi Arabia, that they will change their policies.
  • Contact the State Department of your country and urge them to take a stand against the slave trade.

Father, I lift up Isma and Muni, and their parents, to You.  You are their Maker and their Father.  They have been deported to a country they have never seen before.  I thank You for raising up their lawyer, Ansar Burney.  I pray that You will give him wisdom and direction in dealing with these two young women, and all the many others he is aiding.  Provide for their needs in defending the oppressed.  I pray that you will heal Isma from this horrifying and traumatic event.  I thank You for the courage she has displayed in reporting the crime, and enduring and persevering through the injustice she has encountered.  I thank you for her sister Muni, who was willing to stand up for her sister.  I pray that you will give them a home, a career, and a life that brings them many blessings, and that blesses others as well.  Cleanse them of all bitterness and hatred that would ruin their own lives, and bring them into the land of joyful life!


Child Prostitution: South Sudan

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The recent civil war within Sudan, which resulted in the establishment of a new country–South Sudan–has resulted in an increase of child prostitution in the new country.  Adult prostitutes before the war came from surrounding countries, but when war broke out they returned to their homes.  Teenage girls, displaced by the war and lacking families to care for them, are filling in the gap.  “I cannot take more than 3 men per day … even then I must sometimes rest for a few days,” says Susan, a 14-year-old orphan.   “The level of displacement has really increased the risk of how many children are exposed to potential trafficking. Lots of children have lost family support and are at greater risk of being exploited,” a US embassy official told Al Jazeera.  A recent survey completed in September 2013 by Confident Children out of Conflict (CCC) and the French embassy found that 31 percent of 159 street girls surveyed were victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

What you can do:

  • Pray.
  • Inform others.

Source:  Al Jazeera

Father, I lift up all these children to You.  They have no earthly fathers and mothers to care for them–You are the only hope they have.  Pour out Your Spirit on each one of them today.  Show them the way to go, and a pathway out of this misery.  Raise up people in South Sudan, and around the world who will adopt, support, and love these children.  Send new parents to them.  Give them new homes.  Lead them to productive, useful, and nurturing jobs.  Change everything for each one of these young people tangled in the works of their parents.



Julie Hatfield: United States of America


Julie Hatfield was a victim of human trafficking in Columbus, Ohio.  Her traffickers used drugs and violence to keep her under their control.  “Your mind is distorted. You have no hope,” she said when she testified about her condition in court. “You’re so degraded that you feel like you mean nothing, that your life is worthless, that you don’t want to live, you know? You feel like you actually deserve to die.”

Ohio has a new law, signed into effect last summer by Governor John Kasich, that allows the victims of human trafficking to petition the court to have their criminal records expunged.  The records are completely removed, and their slate is cleansed.  Julie Hatfield was the first person to use the new law.  “The law now provides that those records will be destroyed. That means physically destroyed paper. That means erased from any databases or hard drives,” said Judge Paul Herbert, who declared that Julie met the requirements of the law.  He sent her out of the court room a free woman!

Julie’s message to others:

“You don’t have to live that way. There really is hope. There’s people that care for you. You don’t have to live in that shame or guilt anymore.”

God, I thank you for the Ohio state legislature, and Governor Kasich.  I thank you for Judge Herbert, and all who were involved with rescuing this woman from sexual bondage.  I pray for all the 27 million people around the world who are enslaved in the sexual trade, and who are looking for a way out.  Send people to deliver them, and heal them with the saving power of Your loving kindness and tender mercies.  Show each of us how to reach out to those around us each day.  We never know who might be needing a kind word, and tender attention.  Use your people to bring light, love, and acceptance to the world, wherever we are, and whatever we are doing.  Bless Julie, and all those in her position.  Restore her.  Give her a new life, a satisfying and fulfilling profession, and many family and friends to love and support her, and a storehouse full of people to love and minister to.  In Your holy name, Amen.

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