What Motivates Us:
Jesus is Light and Hope for the world
Isaiah 61: 1-3 summarizes the ministry of Jesus Christ and says, "the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners....to comfort all who mourn...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."
It is because of Jesus' life, love, and sacrifice that we are doing what we do.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Commercial sexual exploitation of children and young women and men in Cambodia has escalated over the last decade into what is now an “industry”.
In Cambodia, there are several key factors that lead to a girl entering the sex industry, and once there, it is hard for her to leave:
Social stigma and lack of education reduce alternative job options
Children want to support their parents financially in order to pay back the debt of being born
Loss of hope is off-set by the belief that she will earn a better re-incarnation through sacrificing her life to support her family
Victims are unwilling to live in a shelter due to the loss of dignity/choice and the need to retain existing support networks and family relationships (collectivist-society).