Jyoti began dancing at traditional Indian weddings at the age of 18. Her parents died a year earlier, her older brother is under-employed, her younger sister is seriously ill, and because the family is poor – her younger brother can’t even attend high school. All these young people live with their grandmother, but she was very old and frail.
Dancing was the first step in the proverbial slide down to a labyrinth of darkened corridors. Propositioned by drunken wedding celebrants, Jyoti considered her options and could not see the lair she was entering into.
“The money looks good and what harm can come from sex?” she thought to herself. She willingly, almost innocently, gave herself over to prostitution to provide for her family.
However, it wasn’t long until the inviting veil of money was lifted and the evil face of prostitution became reality; chemical and physical abuse, shame and slavery. Jyoti knew she needed to get out; she could see down the road to where this was leading and she realized she had made a huge mistake. But how could she get out? To whom could she turn?
Jyoti remembered an aunt who went to Christian church. The aunt talked about how the church had helped her, so Jyoti thought maybe she could get some help, too.
She showed up at the church, crying as she relayed her story. The women counselors put their arms around her and shared that there is hope in Jesus. They also shared the good news that they had a home where she could live and receive help until she was safe and found a new job.
Last month, Jyoti became Bright Hope’s first resident at our safe house in India. It is a secure location away from pimps and family members who might force her back into prostitution. Jyoti will receive Biblical counseling and soon enter into a jobs training course. Jyoti is finding redemption, forgiveness, love, acceptance and Hope.
Bright Hope was able to open this church-run safe house because of your prayers and generous gifts. During the next few months, more women will choose to leave prostitution. A raid on a brothel is planned very soon. This raid will remove any girl under the age of 18 and offer them residency at the safe house. Investigations by local police say there may be up to 20 girls ages 18 and under in this one brothel alone.
Will you do three things to help us continue this ministry?
- Pray for the raid between now and Dec. 31st. Pray for the police to act responsibly and not tip off the brothel. Pray for the under-aged girls to be found and rescued, and for the older women to accept our offer of help and a home. Pray for the funding and government licensing of the safe house.
- Become a HOPE BUILDER FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS. You will be the first to receive photos of rescued girls, stories of repaired lives, and prayer requests for those not yet freed. For only $30/month you will help free girls and restore their lives. $65/month and $100/month options are available. www.BrightHope.org
- Show a film on Human Trafficking. At Bright Hope we recently showed the film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls”. This emotional and impactful documentary touched the hearts of everyone who saw it. Many tears were shed; people were angry, sad, and heartbroken by the lives destroyed by this evil work. Bright Hope would like to bring this 90 minute documentary to your group of 50 or more. We will help debrief the audience and answer questions after the film. I know it will be an incredible informative event for your group or church.
Contact Bright Hope on the web at www.BrightHope.org or phone 224-520-6100 (ask for Madelynn Reyes).