EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IN THE UK

THE SITUATION

The number of UK-born children thought to have been trafficked for sexual exploitation more than doubled last year with 56 minors from the UK flagged up as potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in 2013 – a rise of 155% on 2012. The government said it was unlikely the data reflected the scale of the issue. The number of foreign children identified as potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the UK also rose by 11%, to 88.

PAUSE TO PRAY

Psalm 68:5,6

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity

Psalm 10:17,18

O LORD, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.

Give thanks that several groups who have been exploiting and trafficking children have been uncovered in the last few months

Pray  for strength and wisdom for the various charitable organisations within the UK working to provide safe accommodation for children rescued from human trafficking

Pray for good working relationships and a better understanding of the complexities of the situation amongst the various support services e.g. social services, police, health

Pray for the continued uncovering of those who are sexually exploiting children

PRAY FOR EFN.

Praise God EFN is growing in size and activity but the Core Team need wisdom about raising finances. Please pray for 2 specific funding bids – for a secure partner database & revamped website and for the Hidden Treasures Project.

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF JERUSALEM / FOR OUR SOCIO-POLITICAL CONTEXT.

Thank God for the European Parliament who have sent a clear signal to Member States that prostitution is harmful, buyers should be criminalised (the Nordic Model) and that strong efforts are needed to prevent people from being sexual exploited and to help them exit exploitation.  Pray nations will listen.