Help and Hope for Women Victims of Human Trafficking in North Korea.

Hundreds of women from North Korea are being trafficked across the border into north-east China, where they face abuse and exploitation, according to Open Doors Ministry.

The women are taken from North Korea and sold into marriage or servitude, with many being abused and ill-treated. Open Doors workers offer practical assistance, pastoral care and Bible studies to between 150 and 200 trafficked women every year.

One of the women reported that the trafficked women “grew up in severe poverty. They are always hungry. All of them know what it is like to worry about every meal, to eat from the trash and to beg for food.

“They go to pre-school in North Korea when they are about five years old. But they are still forced to watch public executions. Sometimes friends or neighbours were murdered in front of their eyes.

“Even when they are older and leave the country, they still experience that psychological pressure of fear. There is much more freedom here in China, but the women are still not safe. Additionally, most of them have been abused, both in North Korea and in China. They feel numb. They don’t even feel the hurt any more.”

“Pyongyang was once the Jerusalem of the East,” she continued, referring to how Christianity used to be prevalent in the capital of North Korea. “Now the people have to worship idols of Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in this city.”

She said the goal of the women’s project was to raise up female leaders for the future. Around 10 of them are  currently being trained for women’s ministry in China, with the long-term goal of helping build the Church in North Korea,

  • Give thanks for the work of Open Doors, Interserve and many other organisations in reaching out to trafficked and abused women. Pray that, through their love and compassion, the women will find healing and hope for their lives.
  • Pray for women in North Korea, many of whom face abuse, fear and harsh living conditions. Pray for many of these women to hear the Gospel and respond to the love and grace of Jesus.
  • Pray for the Church in North Korea, one of the hardest places in the world to be a Christian. Pray for courage, for access to Bibles and training materials for believers, for opportunities to meet together, and for perseverance of faith for these persecuted believers.

Matthew 2 vs 40: “And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these … you did it to me.”


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