Monday Oct 24 2011
Treat the Tricked campaign raises awareness to stop sex trafficking
For the price of two bags of Halloween candy, residents will be able to help stop sex trafficking and save the lives of girls in Cambodia, where recent floods have devastated the country. Agape International Missions has launched Treat the Tricked, a 10-day campaign (now through Oct. 31) with the goal of raising at least $25,000 for the prevention of sex trafficking and restoring hope for girls who have suffered from the hard-to-imagine crime. The nonprofit is asking for $10 donations – about the price of two bags of Halloween candy – and encouraging people to spread the word of Treat the Tricked to their family and friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter, using the hash tags of “#treatthetricked” with their tweets. Donors should be directed to http://agapewebsite.org/to learn more about the effort and donate by clicking on the link on the right side of the homepage labeled “Donate join the fight.” “Thousands of little girls need to be rescued from their horrific abuse; thousands need to be spared,” said Don Brewster, founder of Agape International Missions. “What is a rather small amount of money for most families in the United States can be a life-saving donation to these girls in Cambodia.” The average person will spend $72.31 this Halloween, with total revenue expected to reach $6.86 billion in the U.S. Agape International Missions connected the fun-filled holiday and the very serious need for money to help school-age girls facing sex-trafficking in Cambodia, where floods recently destroyed 90 percent of the annual rice crop and forced 90,000 people from their homes. Agape International Missions has been combating the crime in Cambodia since 2005, focusing its efforts on protecting girls and saving lives in a country often considered the sex trafficking hub of Asia. The nonprofit organization opened the Agape Restoration Center in Cambodia in 2006, helping 14 young girls the first year – and more than 150 overall. In 2007, Agape International Missions opened Rahab’s House in Svay Pak, educating almost 300 children daily in one of the hardest-hit areas of Cambodia. But these efforts need funds to help more girls and stop sex trafficking. “I would appreciate if our Agape family and friends spread the word about the Treat the Tricked campaign and raise money to help these children,” Brewster said. “Many of us are very blessed and for two bags of candy this holiday, you can change lives.” In response to the problem of human trafficking, Agape International Missions in 2005 began to focus its efforts on ending this travesty in Cambodia by providing transformational aftercare for victims rescued from sex trafficking and increasing prevention efforts through a network of village churches. Agape opened Agape Restoration Center in August 2006, providing holistic, long-term aftercare for rescued girls, and in September 2007, opened a community center, Rahab’s House, in a former brothel in the heart of a village where sex slavery is the norm for every girl by the age of 10. For more information, please visit www.AgapeWebsite.org.