Prayers were answered in a mighty way recently when a 13-year-old girl had the courage to run away from a brothel. She contacted authorities and gave them pictures of other girls who were still being held in the brothel.
ZOE Child Rescue (ZCR) was called along with other NGO’s (non-government organizations.) ZOE traveled 14 hours to Northern Thailand. Along with government authorities, ZOE helped create a plan to raid a Karaoke bar which they knew had the girls from the brothel inside.
The plan was a success! The federal police shut down the bar, identified themselves and rescued the 12 girls. The ZCR social worker team worked diligently and compassionately throughout the night to care for these girls until Thai social services was able to get them to safety.
The rescue itself is seldom the end of the ZCR teams involvement in a case. In this case it required many hours or preparation and planning and then after the rescue a number of days of round the clock work to make sure these girls were safe. Once the girls were moved to a safe location, the ZOE team was advised to leave the area because it wasn’t safe anymore for them to be there.
God hears the cries of the lost and when we pray He sends out His people to rescue them.
Please help ZOE to fight for these children. The commercial sexual exploitation of children remains a problem. Children – particularly children from migrant and poor populations who may be forced, coerced, or lured into sex trafficking. In some cases, relatives exploit children for profit.
Hi there! My name is Nicole Bird and I am one of the new interns at ZOE for the semester. I am a senior at California Lutheran University and am studying Criminal Justice. Most of my professors have incorporated human trafficking into their courses. They have realized that this understated crime is in desperate need of attention and solutions.
Last month, I had the privilege of sharing about ZOE and our Kids Helping Kids program to a small class of students that are a part of the Pioneer Club at Valencia United Methodist Church in Santa Clarita, CA. This small but mighty class has been collecting funds that get donated to our Children’s Home in Thailand for the past 6 years! Wow! Their passionate leader, Kim Fisher, has been the driving force behind continuing this program for the Pioneer’s Club.