Christian Missionaries Give 244 Sex Workers in Thailand a Chance to Escape ‘Cultural Slavery’

A sex worker adjusts her outfit while walking past a "go go" bar in Bangkok's Nana Plaza on July 9, 2004. (PHOTO: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF AL)
A sex worker adjusts her outfit while walking past a “go go” bar in Bangkok’s Nana Plaza on July 9, 2004. (PHOTO: REUTERS/ADREES LATIF AL)

A Virginia-based Christian humanitarian organization recently intervened in the lives of over 200 women and girls entrapped in Thailand’s sex industry and helped offer them the opportunity of a lifetime to leave and find their true value in Christ.

In the last two weeks, World Help and its partners on the ground in Bangkok and Pattaya have hosted three separate Christmas parties in which women and girls who prostitute themselves at big city “bars” in order to support their families in rural Thailand are given the opportunity to leave the industry and create a real future for themselves through education.

In total, 244 women and girls have attended “Night of Freedom” parties hosted by World Help and its local partners this month. The parties were made possible by World Help’s local missionary partners who spend countless hours in bars all year round trying to build personal relationships with girls to convince them to escape the “cultural slavery.”

“The girls are really in this work because they are so poor,” Noel Yeatts, vice president of World Help, told The Christian Post on Monday, adding that in Thailand it’s culturally the daughter’s responsibility to provide for the family.

“These girls come in from very rural areas in Thailand and they come to the big city legitimately looking for work to send money back home to their families, sometimes even young children that they have left at home. They come to the big city and they realize that they have no education, they have no skills and the only place that offers them a ‘safe space’ to live and sleep are the bars.”

“They may start off innocently as a cashier and before they know it, they are sort of trapped in this industry because they are making money and are able to send it back home but they are doing something that they never thought they would do,” Yeatts continued. “It’s not that they can’t leave the bar, but that they have no other option.”

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SOURCE: Samuel Smith 
Christian Post