We often pray in gratitude that we live in a society in which slavery has been abolished. But slavery persists in our midst beyond what we have known to be racial inequality and injustice in the more tenacious, and all but invisible, form of human trafficking.
Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. In the United States it is estimated that anywhere from 200, 000 to 400,000 people are trafficked here at any given time. These victims, predominately women and children, are both US citizens and immigrants, with citizens comprising the majority.
As we know, there are many persons of peace in all faiths, as well as legal authorities, seeking to be actively involved in awareness, vigilance, and prevention of this horrendous injustice to God’s people.
Let us be vigilant and include in our reflecting on peace this prayer set forth by the Sisters of Notre Dame, as well as the many prayers provided us by our own Providence Community.
Prayer to end human trafficking
Creator of us all, our words cannot express what our minds can barely comprehend and our hearts feel when we hear of children and adults deceived and transported to unknown places for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor because of human greed.
Our hearts are saddened and our spirits angry that their dignity and rights are being transgressed through threats, deception and force. We cry out against the degrading practice of trafficking and seek ways for it to end.
Strengthen the fragile-spirited and broken-hearted. Make real your promises to fill these sisters and brothers with a love that is tender and good and send the exploiters away empty-handed. Give us the wisdom and courage to stand in solidarity with them, that together we will find ways to the freedom that is your gift to all of us. Amen. (Written by Gen Cassani, SSND-copied from website)