Project Rescue

projectrescueMy first introduction to Project Rescue came in picking up the book Beyond the Soiled Curtain (unfortunately out of print) at a thrift shop in the Ozarks. Before I had time to begin reading I searched online for Project Rescue and read everything I could find on the organization. Wow.

Here were people with a similar passion as the International Justice Mission which I have supported through the years specifically because of their work with young girls who are sexually exploited. Why had I never heard of Project Rescue before? They are helping the girls that some would never touch; they are battling an evil some will not even acknowledge as existing. Human slavery has not ended in America, much less other parts of the world such as Asia and Eastern Europe. Did you know that one million new children are drawn into the commercial sex trade every year? Can we even comprehend such a number? Do we even care?

A girl who is purchased by a trafficker for as little as $150 can be sold to customers as many as ten times a night and can bring in $10,000 a month profit. With minimal expenses, police as co-conspirators, and almost unlimited victims to prey upon, trafficking for sexual exploitation is surpassing the sale of illegal drugs as the preferred industry for criminals. In India, there are approximately 10 million prostitutes, and an estimated 300,000 – 500,000 of them are children. In the city of Mumbai, 90% of the 100,000 women in prostitution are indentured slaves. – from Project Rescue

I am selfish and stupid if I ignore reality. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. I know it exists. This organization’s purpose to Rescue, Restore, and Prevent is one I whole-heartedly support. The need and magnitude of this issue could easily seem overwhelming and too difficult. I may not be equipped or able to save one million children this year from slavery, but I can do something.

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    nmetzler
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 9:34 AM | Permalink
    I’ll have to look up that book. Thank you for the reminder to be in prayer for these women.

    Isn’t it strange to think that just a few different circumstances in our lives and we could have been those women?

    LeAnna
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 12:23 PM | Permalink
    Wonderful! I love to hear of organizations such as this. I have a sweet girlfriend who is currently in India (near Mumbai) right now ministering to children. She said the spirit of oppression is very, very physical over there, and encourages all of us to pray strength for those working to bring restoration and hope.

    Anonymous
    Posted July 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM | Permalink
    Oh yes… how crucial it is for us to speak on behalf of those who have no voice. This issue breaks my heart. Thank you for sharing this, Natalie.
    -Mary

    sweetmama
    Posted July 13, 2008 at 9:27 AM | Permalink
    Something also to remember is how so many of those nameless faces out there suffering these things are our sisters. Truer then blood sisters with families and hearts that are as easily broken as our own. Amen! Support them… but even more so pray for them.

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