Sadly, the following story is not only true, it’s just one of many like it. There are currently 24 million women and children enslaved in sex trafficking across the globe today, many of whom are trapped in brothels in India and Nepal. This story is told by Vision Beyond Borders, a Christian ministry that works to rescue women like Anna (named changed for protection) from sex trafficking in Nepal and India. Keep reading to find out how you can help. And comment for a chance to win a beautiful bracelet made by a woman like Anna.
Anna was raped by one of her mother’s relatives when she was just 10-years-old. Although initially imprisoned, the relative was later released when Anna’s mother accepted 20,000 rupees (about $200) from him as payment.
When Anna was a little older, she was followed home by three men who raped her again, then abandoned her on a dirt road. When Anna told her mother what happened she would not believe her. Just like she ignored the worsening sexual abuse by Anna’s stepfather. Not only did Anna’s mother refuse to help her, she verbally abused Anna herself.
In desperation, Anna decided to run away. She left home with two friends and some other girls who told them they knew of a better place where they would be safe and able to make money. They took her near Nepal’s border with India where Anna then worked in a dance bar. She was the youngest girl working there and the customers touched her inappropriately. But Anna desperately needed money.
Not much later, the police found Anna and her two friends. But the girls who had taken these three young girls to the dance bar could not be found. Later, the police discovered that the older girls had planned to sell Anna and her friends in India, where they would earn a greater profit for their youth.
Anna was imprisoned for several weeks while her case was reviewed by several non-government organizations. When her paperwork was finally completed, she was brought to the Vision Beyond Borders safe house to recover from all she had endured. By God’s grace, Anna is doing well and has recently come to know Christ as her personal Savior! She recognizes God’s great love toward her, and He is healing her from the pain she’s endured.
Now 15 years-old, Anna is in school and is also learning skills in hair styling and jewelry making in the safe house. She is one of 16 girls currently in the safe house, including the 5 year-old daughter of one of the girls. Many of the girls share similar stories and have been sold by family members due to the lack of respect for women in their Hindu culture.
All these girls have come to accept Jesus as their Savior. Their transformation after salvation is miraculous! Some of the girls want to be in Christian ministry and others businesswomen, but they all love sharing about the Lord and radiate His joy and faithfulness.
4 Ways You Can Help VBB Fight Sex Trafficking
- Pray for the continued healing of the girls in the safe house and for their Hindu families (Download 15-day prayer guide).
- Purchase bracelets made by the girls to support their futures. Each piece was handmade in the VBB safe house in Nepal. One hundred percent of the proceeds go back to helping them.
- Go on a VBB mission trip to India or Nepal.
- Donate to the Vision Beyond Borders ministry to women.
This post is a giveaway! Comment below for a chance to win a bracelet made by one of the girls at the VBB safe house in Nepal. Leave a short prayer, words of encouragement, or simply tell us what color bracelet you’d like to win! Giveaway closes on Wednesday, June 8th at 5pm.
More about Vision Beyond Borders ministry to women:
VBB works in Nepal and India to rescue women in the sex trafficking industry and help them discover new lives in Christ. They provide safety, training, and healing and guide them into jobs and businesses to eventually support themselves. Sine VBB’s safe house in Nepal opened in 2014 more than 30 women have been rescued. VBB also operates a hair salon in India that’s a ministry base for women. Vision for Women is working to expand into other countries as well.
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So thankful for the blessing and honor of being able to pray-not only for Vision Beyond Borders but for these beautiful women as well.
Hi Jan, thanks for praying! You are entered in the giveaway!
So encouraged by what Vision Beyond Borders is doing to help these women who are enslaved in the Sex Trafficking Industry. I will be praying for these women and Vision Beyond Borders.
Donna, thank you for praying! You are entered in the bracelet drawing!
What an encouraging story… continuing prayers for Anna and the Vision Beyond Borders ministry. Thank you for sharing ~
Mardi, thanks for stopping by! You are entered in the giveaway!
My heart and prayers go out to these victims! I was at a Christine Caine event last night and hearing the statistics through A21 crushes me. I am so thankful that there are organizations like Vision Beyond Borders, A21, Exodus Project, etc. that help rescue God’s children and share the love of Jesus.
Melissa, there is such evil in the world, but praise God He moves His people to intervene! You are entered in the giveaway!
Thank you so much for sharing this ministry with us. This is so heartbreaking but what a honor to pray for these dear girls, women, families and this ministry. I look forward to checking more into BBB and downloading how to to pray for them. Blessings to you you Kathy!
Brenda, thank you for your prayers for the women and the ministry! You are entered in the giveaway!
VBB is a ministry that is very close and dear to my heart. I was so excited to see this posted on your page. Thank you for this Kathy.
Hi Sarah, you are entered in the giveaway! Believe it or not I only recently learned of this ministry. I am honored to be able to share about them here!
Praise the Lord !!
What wonderful blessings are in store these young ladies. My prayer for them and many like them that have not been rescued yet, the Lord Jesus would show His Love to them daily, and that the relationship between the Lord and these precious young ladies would grow, great and stronger every second of every day. That these young ladies fall deeply in love with Jesus. And I pray that these young ladies would also fall madly in love with the WORD of GOD, and continue to walk out there freedoms in CHRIST, AMEN
Amen! Thank you for that prayer Kathy! You are entered in the giveaway!
Thank you, Kathy, for sharing this story. How sad it is that so many young girls are in such horrifying situations. But how wonderful it is that we can pray for them and support efforts to help.
Hi Donna, thanks for reading the post and praying! I cannot imagine the pain these young women have endured. You are entered in the giveaway.
Thank you for sharing this story, it’s hard to believe we live in a world where God has blessed every single soul, yet there is still people hurting our fellow man. Thank goodness God has blessed us with people who care. People willing to fight to save others. People who are willing to help others no matter what. Please God, continue to give us strength to help others each and every day of our live.
Hi Sharon, thank you for your prayers for VBB and for these young women.Yes, praise God that He has raised up ministries like VBB! You are entered in the giveaway.
Just downloaded the 15 day prayer journal. My prayers are for these girls. I will pray for them without ceasing! I can’t fathom the pain and suffering these girls go through. My heart aches for them!
Hi Ramona! Thanks for downloading the prayer guide and committing to pray for them! You are entered in the giveaway!
Theses stories do make my heart clinch. My prayers ae with the victims, survivors and those who are working to end theses practices.
Thanks for your prayers Lyndie. You are entered in the giveaway!