Category Archives: Dubai

Mary Jane Veloso: Indonesia

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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.  

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“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.