Friday May 18 2012
Agape launches campaign to fight sex trafficking
?Raise Her Ransom? effort aims to raise $200,000 by June 17
A father encourages, helps, loves and protects his children. The same emotions and efforts are needed in the fight against child sex-trafficking. Just ask those with Agape International Missions on the frontline in Svay Pak, a small village in Cambodia considered one of the major hubs of sex-trafficking in the world. Agape International Missions is asking men, especially fathers, to become involved in Raise Her Ransom, a $200,000 fundraising campaign that continues through Father?s Day on June 17. The Roseville-based nonprofit is asking for 2,000 men to donate $100 each through fundraising, personal giving or encouraging family and friends to give money in their name as a Father?s Day gift. The $200,000 will cover Agape International Missions? expenses for six months in Cambodia. ?It?s a battle every day to save these young girls, and we need everyday heroes like fathers and their families to make it a reality,? says Don Brewster, executive director of Agape International Missions. ?Very simply, we need to save as many girls as possible from sex trafficking.? The $100 donation will help ransom a girl from hopelessness, poverty and sex-trafficking for one year. UNICEF estimates one million children enter the sex trade every year -- and more than 30 million since 1980. ?It?s an awful, unthinkable crime that destroys a girl?s childhood and often her life,? Brewster said. Agape International Missions has developed a multipronged approach to help young girls escape sex trafficking, from building a rescue home to establishing a school in Svay Pak. The Agape Restoration Center offers a safe and secure home for girls rescued from sex trafficking. The center provides the young girls the physical, psychosocial, educational, vocational and spiritual needs to help them reintegrate into society. Agape International Mission also has two Rahab House Community Centers in Cambodia. The centers include a community school, community church, health clinic and a kid?s club, offering arts and crafts, worship music and life lessons programs. Finally, the nonprofit operates The Lord?s Gym, a free workout center where staff develops relationships with traffickers, sharing information about Christianity and the evil of the sex-trafficking industry. ?All of these efforts are critical to combating the problem ? and each program depends upon the success of the others,? Brewster says. ?But we can?t do this alone, we need the support from our family members, friends and many others who want to help these young girls escape sex-trafficking.?