Ask any kid what they want to be when they grow up and you’re going to get a myriad of answers - chef, doctor, vet, president, or train conductor. Depending on the child, you may get more out of the box answers - professional dog petter, Santa Claus, or mermaid. Ask any adult what their dream job is and most of the time, it’s not the same dream they had as a child. They may be dreaming bigger, but rarely would someone desire a career like that which is found in the sex trade.
The women in our care have ended up in a job furthest from their dreams. An unthinkable source of income. Often, the biggest factor that permits sex trafficking is poverty that reinforces a lack of education.
In the Philippines, finding a job without a college education is virtually impossible. Even entry level jobs, like McDonald's, require a college degree. The reason most women can’t get an education while living under the poverty line is due to the lack of funds Our purpose in rescuing women out of the sex trade is to provide them the education that breaks the cycle of poverty. Some women in our care haven’t finished high school - we desire to give them these opportunities that lead to gainful employment!
Poverty has a direct impact on education including lack of skilled labor, gender inequality, less productivity, low standard of living, unemployment, and lack of family planning.
This is where sex trafficking comes into play. These factors increase the risk of being sold into the sex trade. We have seen this up close and personal in our mission to rescue these women. We have heard many stories of women whose families have sent them to bars and massage parlors just to provide for their families. We have seen women who work at these places because it is the only place that will allow them to work without a college education. We have heard from women who were told it would be a different job than what they expected – they were tricked into the sex trade.
What a blessing it is to be able to provide women who come into our safe homes the opportunity to receive an education. In our care they find healing from past hurts and redemption through Jesus, discovering restoration through a new way of life. With your support you are helping break the cycle of poverty and change the trajectory of generations of families. Through even just one woman or child, the family dynamic of poverty and lack of education will be shifted for good.
*Janet shares her experience of growing up as a child of the sex trade. She and her six siblings all faced a fate similar to their mother: a freelance sex worker in the Philippines. But God had a different plan for their lives and the lives of their children.
Third-world poverty fuels the cycle of uneducated families, continuing to push women towards the sex trade. Read about how college education opens doors that provide real, gainful, dignified employment opportunities!
'When the mamasan saw Clara and her cousin, she yelled at them and said, “Stop standing there!” She threw several“uniforms” and heels at them to choose from. Clara was crying when she saw the reality of her situation. She was not used to that lifestyle or wearing that type of clothing; she was just a simple girl from the province. Clara begged the mamasan, “Oh no—can I just be a waitress instead?” The mamasan refused and exclaimed “No! Your looks qualify you to be dancer. So go and be a dancer!”'
Jona was unaware of what was about to happen, but she trusted that everything would be alright since her mother knew the truth behind it all. When she arrived, Jona was in complete shock. She saw almost naked women walking around to earn a living. When Jona met the volunteers with Wipe Every Tear, she was in complete disbelief. She kept wondering, “Who would put girls like us through school? Do these kinds of people still exist? Are there still people in this world who won’t see us as dirty women?”
In June of 2017, Rosalie met the missionaries from Wipe Every Tear. Because of her yearning to go back to school, she wanted to believe their offer of help. But one of her colleagues said, “Don’t believe them. They’re going to take you to a house and sell you.” Yet something was still stirring within her. Rosalie prayed, “God, please give me 500 hundred pesos. I really want to see if Wipe Every Tear is real. If you give me this, I will have money to visit their home.” The following day, God gave her 500 pesos. God heard her prayer and He answered! Rosalie went to work that night knowing that she would leave for Manila in the morning to visit Wipe Every Tear.
But when I close my eyes, I remember the sights and sounds of Manila in July of 2018. I see color and cathedrals and tropical flowers spilling over fences and cracked walls. I hear dogs barking and chickens clucking and moped motors roaring outside my window. I feel the upbeat rhythm of music from dance videos and see women laughing together as they follow along. I hear the voices of women and men lifted together as one, singing and worshiping the God of the oppressed and brokenhearted...