Girls off the Streets giving a new future to girls in South Asia.
Thoughts and stories from Girls off the Streets
From 15-year-old Tsondra from Bangladesh.
“I found out that I had a disease from prostitution, but when I tried to stop selling sex, I was beaten and raped, I have no other choice. I am trapped.”
Many of girls and women caught up in sex trafficking are being held against their will and feel powerless to escape. Her relatives may have deliberately sold her into sex slavery, or were deceived by someone promising lucrative employment opportunities in the city or a marriage proposal. Some girls are kidnapped, or lured by a boyfriend. Others run away because they are being abused at home.
From 15-year-old Manju from South Asia.
“The pimps had set up cameras so there was no hope of escape. I was locked in a small room with a single bed. Between 8-10 men would come in and rape me every day."
SIM’s Girls off the Streets initiative helps give these girls a choice! We’re on a mission to help set them free because, “He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” Isaiah 61:1
Our project teams in South Asia provide holistic care to girls aged 12 to 17, as well as to young women and mothers, so they can make positive steps on their journey to restoration and wholeness.
Girls off the Streets projects have a direct impact in the lives of girls and women who have been rescued from brothels, redlight districts and the streets through the provision of medical care, trauma counselling, legal support, education, training and employment opportunities.
Girls off the Streets projects also help prevent at-risk girls and vulnerable women from being trafficked by supporting awareness and prevention programs.
Together with local partners, SIM is shining a light into the dark pit of modern slavery and violence against girls and women.
Giving Girls a Voice
Here’s what some of the hundreds of girls and young women who have been rescued and assisted through Girls off the Streets projects have said;
“I am so happy to be here because I am learning so many new things. I have prayed to be in a home like this and I know God has answered my prayer.” – Julie
“Now I am happy like I never was before. I know I am living proof of a powerful God who is able to bring back what is stolen.” – Tina
“[Being trafficked and exploited] hurts my heart, but I have left it behind and found a new life. Now I feel good in my life and I’m not scared of anyone anymore… I can face others with my head held high.” – Ekta
Read Ekta's story: Free from sex slavery and has hope for her future.
We want to see girls off the streets, being healed and transformed, living hopeful and purposeful lives.
Please partner with us to help bring FREEDOM to girls and young women who are trapped in exploitation, abuse and trafficking through a gift to our Girls off the Streets Fund.
How You Can Help
Your gift of $65 tax-deductible donation to SIM’s Girls off the Street Fund* will provide one girl in South Asia medical care, counselling, legal assistance and education for one month at an aftercare home. Donate now.
Your gift of $120 can help provide housing, counselling, medical care, legal support and education for a girl rescued from sex slavery.
Your gift of $50 can help support legal fees for one girl or woman who has been a victim of trafficking or abuse. Obtaining justice for victims of trafficking helps to challenge cultural acceptance of trafficking and encourages government and law enforcement to continue the fight against child sex trafficking.
Your gift of $200 can help sponsor a young women’s high school education for a year, including exam fees and school supplies.
*Gifts of $2 or more to SIMaid projects are tax-deductible and will receive a receipt. Should a project raise funds in excess of its target, we will apply it to similar projects where most needed.
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