If you’ve been around my site for a while, you know I have a passion for India and a deep love for Compassion International.
We sponsor an 11 year old young lady in Nagpur, India. It is because of sponsoring her that Shawn and I both have broken hearts for India’s people. I’ve spent many sleepless nights agonizing over mind boggling data on the poverty that exists in India. She is a hurting country longing for someone to love her.
Despite the fact that the caste system is illegal, it is still very much in effect. My husband had a conversation with a friend recently and this talked about this. However deprave the caste system is, it is a way of life and tradition; and heads turn as higher level caste members exercise their “right” over those who are lower.
This of course does not bode well for women. In a country that turns a blind eye to a deprave system and the majority of her residents fight to make about a dollar a day, many turn to whatever means they can to feed their children.
For women…this often means sex slavery.
Their bodies are sold for 10 cents. They are abused. Yelled at. Threatened by bodyguards employed by the pimps.
All so they can have a “better life”.
I cannot tell you how angering this is to me. That the worth of a “good time” is literally nickle and dimed.
Missions in Action in conjunction with Compassion recently did a video highlighting this epidemic. Nagpur, the city near where our sponsor daughter lives is the epicenter of sex slave trade. When they filmed the video there were 200 children of sex workers in the neighborhood of the red light district, only 40 were sponsored. Yesterday, because of the video I’ll be linking below, 10 more children were sponsored. That is now 50 children who have the chance to learn to read & write. To have an education and be able to get jobs that their mothers never would be able to.
I’m not asking you to sponsor. If you do, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am asking you though, to watch the video and learn. This isn’t only going on in India. It’s happening in Africa, Thailand, all over Eastern Europe, and is rampant in the US. Pray for these children, for the women.