After a very busy six months, I am back at the YWAM base in Hurlach, Germany. I’ve lived here for over a year now, and I must say my knowledge of the German language is getting better; very proud of myself 🙂 so, here is an update in German… JUST KIDDING! Not at that stage yet 🙂
IÂ was in Amsterdam for six weeks from the middle of April attending a seminar on the Global Sex Trade (which is basically Trafficking In Persons) and our response to that as believers, and my world was rocked by that seminar. It was very eye-opening, challenging, enlightening, and motivating. I now understand much better what my role is in fighting the injustice that is Trafficking In Persons (TIP).
One of the phrases that I haven’t been able to get out of my head was uttered by the Swedish Detective Kajsa Wahlberg who was featured in the award winning documentary- Nefarious; she said “prostitution is basically a man masturbating in a woman’s body”. As gross as that sounds, I see the wisdom and the truth in her words; most of the women involved in prostitution were either tricked, coerced, or forced into it (notice I said “MOST” not all) so in that sense when a man is having sex with such a woman, he is the only one “participating” because she is just there for the money and to please her pimp or lover-boy not to enjoy sexual intercourse with him.
According to Stop The Traffik- an NGO in the fight against TIP, 85-90% of women working in prostitution in Amsterdam were trafficked; what does this mean? It means that there is no way we can successfully abolish TIP whether they were trafficked for commercial sex, labor, or anything else WITHOUT addressing the issue of prostitution.
After the Shine seminar in Amsterdam, a group of us went to Riga, Latvia to support a ministry that is reaching out to women in prostitution; prostitution in Riga looked a lot different from Amsterdam because in Riga all the women we encountered were street prostitutes (street prostitution is illegal in the Netherlands) and they were drug addicts as well.
It was humbling to learn from the team that is working there, and to see how loving and persistent they were with the women they reach out to regularly.Â They bake cookies, make coffee and tea for them, give them clean clothes and invite them in to shower and clean up since many of them live on the streets, and they help those who want to leave that lifestyle for a healthier one to do so. I am really proud of them! Freedom 61, you’re amazing!Â 🙂