Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network/HAPN & U.S. Reformation Prayer Network/USRPN
South Dakota Apostolic Prayer Network
SD State Coordinator Betsy Moeller
Sunday, September 22, 2013
FREEDOM 21 DAY 12
DAY 12 – Technology, Social Media, and the Internet
Today we will focus our prayer and repentance on the perverted misuse of technology, social media, and the internet.
They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity… –2 Peter 2:19
There are many technological methods used by human
traffickers to recruit their victims and effectively advertise to their
consumers. Here are a few:
Traffickers often solicit young girls on social media sites by posing as
prospective boyfriends, spamming a large number of girls’ inboxes with
flattering messages or job offers, and taking advantage of adolescents
during their formative years.
Online Job Offers:
Victims are often offered a job (modeling opportunities, waitressing,
dancing gigs, etc.) from an unknown online source and are lured in with
false hopes for a better life.
Oftentimes perpetrators will use prepaid cell phones to make calls and
conduct business. Prepaid phone providers do not require any
identification to purchase a phone, allowing traffickers to network
without any trace of their identity.
Pornographic websites are widely used by traffickers; many times
pornographic movies are made by using their victims in scenes.
Traffickers will also feature a paid, live webcast of their victims
performing sex acts in order bring in more revenue.
Sites featuring local classified ads, such as
Craigslist.org, have also been under scrutiny for facilitating the
business of traffickers who post their victims in the ‘adult services’
section. In addition to this, classified online ads and websites
featuring dating opportunities, nannies, maids, massage services, and
mail-order brides can be the marketing technique of trafficking
Although traffickers use the internet for their own
business gains, and we should be aware of the dangers it possesses, law
enforcement is also effectively utilizing technology to catch the
To read the full USRPN article on this issue, please click here.
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, forgive me personally
if I have spent more time seeking personal satisfaction, comfort, and
attachment through technology, social media, and the internet rather
than looking to You for authentic relationship, companionship, and
Today, we stand in the gap for parents in our two
nations who are distracted and neglecting their responsibility to watch
over the time and the content with which children are engaging on the
Internet. Forgive us all for leaving a generation of children unguarded
to those who would seek to bring them harm.
Mighty God, protect our children and young people
from falling into the trap of predators seeking to enslave them in the
sex trade through technology, social media, and the internet.
Father, give wisdom, discernment, and information
to young people about the traps and snares of false promises of dating
relationships, jobs, and other online offers that would lead them into
the sex trade.
Heavenly Father, convict and deliver those who use internet pornography, turning their hearts to You for peace and satisfaction.
We ask You, God, to give tips, leads, and
successful technological strategies to law enforcement agencies to
identify, arrest, and convict sex trafficker and put an end to sex
trafficking organizations from using social media, and the internet.
Father God, convict the owners of classified
websites to screen and qualify all ads to prevent sexual exploitation
and predators. We pray for strict laws to be enacted, preventing the use
of social media for sex trafficking and related activities.
1. If you are either solicited by a trafficker, are a victim of human trafficking, or suspect trafficking activity, call the Polaris Project human trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. You can also text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733).
2. Inform others about the technological methods used
by traffickers in order to prevent trafficking from occurring and to
protect the lives of the young and innocent.