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Human Traffic 2013

Human Trafficking Awareness Month
January 2013



National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking

January 11-13, 2013

A growing coalition of faith based groups and churches are organizing a national weekend of prayer to bring an end to modern day slavery.  The goals of the event are to: 1) concentrate, channel and direct prayer to end trafficking and support survivors and 2) raise awareness.

Human trafficking, both for labor and sex, is among the largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world, earning its perpetrators an estimated $32 billion annually. Labor trafficking dominates much of the world economy, and accounts for upwards of two-thirds of the estimated 20+ million people enslaved today.  Sex trafficking is the more common form in the U.S., and the average age at which a child is forced into prostitution in America is 12-14.

A variety of events is planned for the Weekend of Prayer, including the following:
Friday, January 11:  Human Trafficking Awareness Day (As designated by Congress)

NOON:  The Leadership Task Force encourages everyone to say individual prayers, in their homes or places of employment, at 12 noon in their own time zone. If at work, please ask others to join you.   A suggested prayer can be found on the website, www.WeekendofPrayer.net

Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. EST: MAJOR EMANCIPATION RALLY IN DC At 2:00 p.m. EST in Washington, DC, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and just eleven days after the nation has celebrated the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, the prayer network will conduct a modern Emancipation Rally including both Catholic and Protestant clergy.  Keynote speaker at the rally will be Kenneth Morris, Jr., the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, one of the nation’s earliest abolitionists.  Morris heads the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, a national organization fighting modern day slavery. Plans are for the event to be streamed live on the www.WeekendofPrayer.net  website.

9-11:00 a.m. EST
:  Christians are encouraged to join a national conference prayer call with clergy and lay persons, facilitated by Prayer Surge NOW.  The call in number is 712-432-0075 and the access code is 6149782 followed by the pound sign (#).

Sunday, January 13: PRAYERS OF THOUSANDS of CHURCHES - Petitioning with one voice, we are encouraging congregations throughout our nation to dedicate their prayers to ending modern-day slavery.   It is our hope that through this event a million Christians will be informed about the horrors of modern-day slavery and be motivated to take action to seek justice.        From www.WeekendofPrayer.net


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