|https://time.com/5712746/japan-sex-trafficking-prostitution/ PC: Noriko Hayashi|
Lord God, it is sickening to learn about the sexual exploitation of young people in Japan. This problem has so many layers within Japan that it is overwhelming to us. We do know it comes back to sin. Without your help, we tend toward wrong paths, and those wrong paths can become increasingly depraved as we feed our appetites for vice. Guard our hearts from sin, and lead us in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Heavenly Father, we pray about the extremely inappropriate sexual media that is legal in Japan. May Japanese citizens rise up to end this disgusting trade. We also pray for more laws to protect children, and we express our outrage that a man could be declared innocent of raping his daughter because the daughter did not show “sufficient resistance.” We pray that the government would prioritize social services for young people of all ages, not giving up on at-risk teens. We also pray for a proper system for victims of human trafficking, as this nation has so far to go in addressing this scourge. We pray that more awareness during the Olympics and pressure from other nations will drive Japan to address these blights within its country and culture. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.