Human Trafficking Grips Ecuador


“Why didn’t God do anything? Why didn’t God come to rescue me? I prayed and He didn’t do anything?”

Every two minutes a child is being trafficked for sexual exploitation. There are 27 million people gripped in modern-day slavery. 80% are women, 50% children.

And it is happening now in Ecuador.

“Ecuador is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specially forced to prostitution and forced labor,” said the Trafficking in Persons Report from Ecuador.

Katie Tassy, a missionary with Youth World has a  passion to show Christ to girls who are trapped in prostitution, here in Ecuador.While training with International Teams before coming to Ecuador she was touched when hearing about girls involved in human trafficking.

“I met a girl working with girls in Greece. I started crying and just couldn’t stop. They are just teen girls who should be doing things normal teen girls do,” said Tassy.

Tassy started volunteering at a foundation called “Nuestros Jovenes” last spring, a home for girls who have gotten out of prostitution.

“We might do crafts, we might cook, we might do games and we always try to do a devotional,” said Tassy referring to Fridays when she spends time with the girls.

“The girls have different moods on different days. Some carry their pain by being angry, others are withdrawn,” said Tassy, “It all stems from poverty, they are in desperate need for money, they have too many children and can’t provide.”

Sometimes girls are tricked to work as an “empleada” or as a waitress. In some situations there are pimps who play with their emotions and sway them into prostitution. And often, tragically, they know exactly what they are getting into. Families think that selling their daughter is the best option to bring money to the family.

Isaiah 58:6-7 says, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to lose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”

Often it is easy to go on with life and to forget about those who are oppressed, those whom Jesus came to set free.  God has called His people to reach out, not to forget about them, and but to love them.

So what can be done?   Tassy offers some insight about how to get involved.

First, research about it through IJM, the Not For Sale Campaign, Free the Slaves and any other site you can find.

“Pray with the realization that Jesus came to save all people,” said Tassy. “Donate your time and your money.”

Tassy, like so many of us does not feel ready or adequate.

“I have to do something even though I feel ill-equipped or I feel like I don’t know what I´m doing,” said Tassy.

She is simply making a difference by being open to how God wants to use her.

Tassy shared a dream of one girl who was rescued out of prostitution, which goes like this:

The girl was on a bus with a lot of people. The bus was going over a bus and it fell into the river.

While everyone was panicking she broke a window to let everyone out. All of the sudden she saw a man on a boat. He reached out to her and told her to get on the boat.

She refused because she wanted to save her little niece. Yet the man said, “You have to get rescued first and then you can go back and rescue others.”

This girl was extremely confused of what this dream meant. Desire Zova, another woman dedicated to love these girls asked her if she really wanted to know what she thought it meant. She said yes.

Zova said, “I think God is showing you he did rescue you.”

This is the same girl who asked, “Why didn’t God do anything? Why didn’t God come to rescue me? I prayed and He didn’t do anything.”



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