by Shiloh Fox, founder of Shiloh Shelter
To start things off, I’d like to share a few new things that have gone on in the Shelter. A recent update is that three of the girls just recently started school and absolutely love it. They each have uniforms and it is such a blessing that they are receiving a good education. It is monsoon season in India right now, so the house parents bought each of them a different colored poncho to keep them from the rain on their way to school!
Now we are going to take a deeper look to the reality of the life of a prostitute. No matter how many times, story after story, it never gets easier hearing about the life that so many women have been forced into.
Let’s create a hypothetical story of a life of a prostitute. You are very poor, and you are very young. Let’s say you’re thirteen. Due to lack of food your family finally results in sending you to work as a live-in maid, so you not only leave your family, but you leave them to be with strangers. Once you arrive at where you are to be working, you soon realize that you are not going to be a maid.
You soon realize you were deceived, trafficked, and are being forced to be a prostitute. You live in a small circle filled with prostitutes. You are mistreated. Every day, men after men, pay an average three dollars to have sex with you. Days go by, and you cannot hold back the tears. Weeks go by, and you begin to get used to it. Months go by, and you begin to accept it. Years go by, and now you don’t know any other way of life.
Then 50 years go by, and you are in a position where you never thought you would be. You are now a female pimp. You now have women as property and you get money for what they are forced to do. You are the person you once hated, you are still stuck in that circle and now you have no hope at all.
I truly wish that this situation was hypothetical, but this cycle is more real than we can ever grasp. So how are we going to stop this cycle? How are we going to make a difference? We have to reach the women. We have to share with them the love of Christ and through Him, we can give them hope.
Let me share another story. It’s about a young Nepali girl. I’ll call her Hope, because her story is definitely one of hope. Hope was sold when she was eleven and became a prostitute. Years later, as a result of her “work,” Hope became HIV positive. She had nowhere to go, yet she was unable to “work.”
This is where our partner comes in. With his heart burdened for ALL women, he created something that would minister to the women in the red-light district who were unable to provide for themselves due to their HIV. Once a month, he gathers the HIV women together and provides them with food. Hope even had a place to stay in the red-light district.
Though she had others helping and providing for her, there was something missing: Jesus Christ. It is by God’s grace that I can say that in her time in the red-light district, Hope was saved. If I stopped here, the story would seem like a happy ending, but there’s more. Our partner was able to take Hope back to Nepal, to her home village, and relocate her relatives. For the first time in 27 years, Hope was reunited with her family. The joy was overwhelming. And I can now say that she lives with her family in Nepal.
If the son sets you free, you will be free indeed. –John 8:36
If you haven’t read the story of how Shiloh Shelter got started…from the heart of a fourteen year-old girl, check out the article, ‘All About a Girl’, in our first Grace As Justice magazine. Shiloh shows us just how much one person with a dream can do to stop the slavery.