Initiatives

Ministry Approach & Holistic Strategy

Project Rescue exists to rescue and restore victims of sexual slavery in the love and power of Jesus Christ. We accomplish this mission through holistic programs of physical, emotional and spiritual intervention, prevention, and restoration for women and children in sexual slavery.


 

Prevention

After School Program

Always open, everyday, to all children in the red light district. They come to learn about Jesus, for help with homework, have snacks and to simply have fun, play and be safe.

Awareness & Prevention Program

Provides free education about sexual slavery and trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and the value of girls in schools, churches and communities.

 

Intervention

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Evening Care Centers

Adjacent to the red-light district and are open during peak brothel business hours, these centers provide a way to get vulnerable children out of their mothers’ rooms while they service customers.

Like a traditional day-care center, the Project Rescue Evening Care Centers offer nourishing food, help with studies, and a safe, caring environment where children can sleep and restore. The children also learn Bible stories that demonstrate God’s power to change lives.

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HIV/Aids & Medical Clinics

It has been estimated that 60% of female prostituted women in Bombay’s red-light district are infected with STDs and AIDS.

In response to this, we have established medical clinics that are open and free to any woman in the red light district needing medical care, treatment and counseling.

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Detention Center Outreach

When women and children are trafficked into other countries they are without proper legal documentation. If found by authorities, victims are sent to a detention center to await deportation.

Project Rescue leaders and staff minister to victims in the detention center and help give essential care. When possible, Project Rescue personnel negotiate a victim’s release into a Project Rescue aftercare home to provide spiritual, physical, and emotional care for transformation and new life.

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Red Light District Churches

The first simple step towards restoration for sexual slavery victims is our red light district church and Sunday schools. Week after week, women and children join together to hear about the life changing power of Jesus Christ.

Here, women still in sexual bondage discover prayer, and are given the hope and faith to take the first step in their journey toward personal freedom.

 

Restoration

At any given time, there are approximately 500 women and children in full-time aftercare homes receiving life-changing care.

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Aftercare & Safe Homes

Places of safety where rescued women and children from the red light districts live provide a holistic environment in which the victims’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met.

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Vocational Training

Women in the red light districts are provided with alternate income generation opportunities, as well as, serving as places for discipleship and spiritual development.

Women and girls who attend the Training Centers have the opportunity to learn skills such as clothing design, jewelry making, cosmetology and tailoring.

A number of women who have trained through these centers have opened their own businesses and in turn, offer jobs to their friends who are still in slavery.

Stories of Hope

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ How are women forced into prostitution?

Each victim has a different story. Traffickers are experts at exploiting weakness and vulnerability, both of which are found in poverty, desperation, and chaos. Victims are often deceived or coerced into prostitution under the impression that they will have a respectable job and a decent wage in a new, exciting city. Whether women leave for a “new job” on their own volition, are unknowingly sold by their family as a means of providing another source of income, or are lured or kidnapped in a public place, women and/or children that end up in prostitution have been exploited. As soon as the girls make the journey to a new city or nation, they experience violence and intimidation by exploiters who beat them into submission and force them into sexual slavery. Often they are never seen or heard from again by their families.

+ Do you buy girls out of sexual slavery?

Although paying for the “debts” owed to traffickers is the quickest way to get women and girls out of slavery, paying for one girl’s release puts money in the hands of exploiters to purchase other girls for slavery. This is a cycle and system of injustice we are fighting to end, rather than fueling it with more money. Each victim’s release is negotiated whenever possible in partnership with the local government and other local organizations.

+ What happens to the women and girls after they are rescued?

After a victim is rescued she is taken to an aftercare home — a safe place where she can heal and be nurtured. In our aftercare homes, survivors receive the loving message of Christ, counseling, education, general medical care, basic literacy training, and vocational training leading to financial independence. Hospice care is also provided for women and girls with HIV/AIDS.

+ How long do the women and girls stay at the aftercare homes and where do they go from there?

Each rescued woman is welcome to stay until she feels she is ready to move out and live on her own. Some survivors need more time than others to heal. Our main concern is that every woman and child in the care of our affiliated ministries is fully provided for and never has to return to the dark world of sexual slavery. Once women leave the programs, they go on to live in the community, often working in a vocation they learned in the Project Rescue affiliated program. We celebrate that many women formerly in slavery have become successful entrepreneurs. Others now work in the rescue and restoration of other trafficked women and children.

+ Do you only help women and girls?

The vicious world of sexual exploitation and trafficking is not only harmful to women. We do have boys homes in Southern Asia that minister to and are invested in the growth of young boys born and raised in red-light districts. Where girls born in red-light districts become the next generation of prostituted women, boys born there often become the next generation of traffickers, pimps, and customers. We seek to end this destructive cycle by raising up a generation of young men of integrity and compassion that are intent on changing their culture.

+ Where can I learn more about sexual slavery and human trafficking?

Visit our resources page for additional information.