A trusted anti-trafficking NGO inside Myanmar recently received 94 trafficked women and girls. They escaped from a trafficking ring working between Vietnam and Myanmar. These women and children, originally from Vietnam, have now all been safely relayed to this anti-trafficking organization, where they are caring for their basic needs and are in the process of getting them repatriated and safely taken back home! Praise the Lord for delivering these women and children!
At the same time that we rejoice, we recognize this horrible industry is still operating. 400 more women and children are still trapped inside this very same trafficking ring, and the industry is a large and serious issue in Myanmar. While the women and girls who escaped, in this recent instance, were taken from Vietnam and trafficked into Myanmar, Myanmar is generally considered a source country for human trafficking. According to the Global Organized Crime Index, most of the victims are poor and from a marginalized ethnic minority. Most of Myanmar’s trafficked men, women, and children are sold into Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Men and boys are commonly trafficked into fishing or construction work, while women and girls are sold into sexual exploitation.
The Global Organized Crime Index states, “Family-based criminal networks have a particularly strong role in the market, alongside fake recruitment agencies and criminal gangs. Many [of Myanmar’s] victims are sold to traffickers by community members or relatives, and the ruling military junta and other government bodies actively participate in and facilitate the market.” Because of the instability in Myanmar, many families are seeking more and more drastic measures to get funds to provide for their families, to leave the country, or to get migrant work abroad. Their desperation leads them to be willing to try abnormal avenues, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and extortion.
In the face of such a horrid and systemic problem, it can be easy to feel despair or complacency. But God is there. He is with the men, women, and children sold into slavery. He hears their cries and is angered by their oppression. He is sovereign and He is good. We praise Him for the lives of these 94 women and girls, freed from slavery, and we ask for more.
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1. Pray for these women and girls that have been rescued. Pray for grace and peace, and for them to experience God’s love and compassion as they come out of an harrowing and incredibly traumatic experience.
2. Pray for the 400 women and children still in bondage. Pray that God would rescue them and bring justice to the perpetrators. Pray that He would shed light on this dark trafficking ring and bring it to an end.