In the Banchara community of India and the red-light districts of Thailand, girls don’t dream about what they want to be when they grow up. Their future has already been decided. Traditionally, women in these cultures are expected to provide for their families; since most are too poor to get an education, they are left with only one choice — working in the sex industry.
Poverty and tradition have trapped them in cultural slavery.
These girls endure humiliation, abuse, and shame day after day. Many will start as young as 12 years old and will quit only when they are too sick to continue.
But you can help. All it takes is $50 to help introduce one girl to freedom. You will provide critical needs such as a safe place to live, counseling, education, medical care, outreach, and more.
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In Thailand, women are expected to be breadwinners for their families. Girls from poor, rural communities are often drawn to the big cities by promise of economic opportunity, but they soon find themselves working in bars and on the streets. More than 45,000 girls and young women work in the sex industry in Pattaya and Bangkok alone.
Deep in the heart of India, there is a low-caste tribe called the Banchara. For more than 500 years, they have practiced a tradition known as Nari Mata. It means that the oldest girl in every family must begin her career as a sex worker at age 12 to help pay for her brothers’ marriage dowries. The dowries are often so expensive that these girls will spend their entire lives paying off these debts.
How you can help
Your gift will help provide one girl with a safe place to live, counseling, education, medical care, outreach, and more. Most importantly, you’ll give her the chance to hear about God’s love.
- $50 helps introduce one girl to freedom
- $600 helps provide long-term care and rehabilitation
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