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by Karen McCarley, International Mission Director


Imagine this if you will: You see a woman walking the streets, looking for someone who will pay for her “services” so she can put food in her growling stomach and drugs in a syringe. At the end of the night, she is beaten because she didn’t make the day’s quota required of her. Some of her teeth are knocked out, and she is bruised over her entire body. She has no family or friends to turn to any longer because they have washed their hands of her and her destructive habits. This woman has nowhere to go, and her life has been destroyed by the cruel combination of drugs, sex trafficking and abuse. Her future is a black hole of despair, and she can only hope that death comes quietly and quickly.


But sadly, what I’ve described isn’t a scary scene from television or movies which can be easily dismissed with the click of a remote. No, this is the nightmare reality being faced right now by many women and by the people who love them as a friend, a sister, a wife or worse yet, a daughter.


For just a moment, put yourself in the shoes of these families… You don’t know where she is or what she’s doing. You may be


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