“The very children I held hands with and saw running in the streets were not just trying to survive poverty. Many were living in hell, enduring torture,” says Don. “I couldn’t believe it was right under my nose and I didn’t even know it.”
Far from hidden, the community of Svay Pak, in particular, is a notorious haven for international pedophiles where girls as young as 8 brazenly wave foreigners toward brothels and karaoke bars to purchase sex. These children were trafficked from Vietnam, kidnapped from rural communities, sold by impoverished family members or exploited by members of their community. Once a girl is controlled by a pimp or brothel owner, she is forced to sell herself up to 12 times a night. UNICEF reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.
They determined that it was time to act. After selling their home, quitting their jobs, conducting weeks of research and building a team, Don and Bridget along with a start-up team, moved to Cambodia and developed Agape International Missions. Their first goal was to meet the greatest need they had seen; quality aftercare for rescued girls.
“We learned that undercover operations that rescued girls and shut down brothels were no longer effective because there was nowhere for a rescued girl to go. She ended up in a cycle of hopelessness that put her right back in a brothel.”
WHAT AIM DOES
Sex trafficking is a multifaceted, complex problem that cannot be solved in one step, one program or one year. AIM’s programs fight trafficking, restore victims and transform communities through prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration, making a holistic and successful strategy in the ground war on child sex trafficking.
In addition to their strategy, their reliance on Jesus Christ and partnership with His Church and His people have been the hammer breaking through impossible obstacles. Daily, they see miracles taking place before their eyes.
Pedophiles. Pimps. Traffickers. These people perpetrate and perpetuate the industry of child sex trafficking, taking advantage of the vulnerable and profiting off of the innocent. Whether because of poverty, greed, pain or perversion, these people are the start of the vicious cycle. Reaching them is crucial in defeating child sex trafficking.
Collecting and acting on intel about trafficking operations and working with Cambodian law enforcement to bring criminals to justice and victims to restoration.
Equipping you to fight trafficking in your hometown. Coming soon!
Reaching the pimps, traffickers and local pedophiles through relationship.
Girls. Women. Orphans. The innocent who have been devastated in brothels need more than one night raid and one day of healthcare. To be truly rescued, they need solutions for a brand new life that will last a lifetime.
AIM RESTORATION HOME (ARH)
This beautiful center welcomes broken girls into a safe environment, loving relationships and a healing program.
AIM EMPLOYMENT CENTER (AEC)
Where vocation meets rehabilitation, this garment factory gives graduates of ARH the skills they need to build an independent life.
AIM TRANSITIONAL HOME
These safe residences offer a place where young women can transition from brothels or unsafe living situations to independence.
“MADE.” AIM RETAIL STORE
Our first Cambodian retail store distributes the goods created at AIM Employment Center and aids in the stability of reintegration.
If it is acceptable to sell your child and to buy a girl for a night, the cycle will never end. Humanitarian aid, education and the transformative power of Jesus are changing the communities that allow or participate in child sex trafficking.
Community Centers in cities known as epicenters of trafficking offer education and aid, giving hope to those who think trafficking is their only option. Our centers serve communities through:
▪ Community School/English Institute
▪ Medical Clinic
▪ Humanitarian Aid
▪ Emergency Foster Care
▪ Kids Club
Headed by Dr. Moses Samol Seth, AIM has planted over 1000 churches in Cambodia, creating a network of prevention. Here, entire communities are being changed through relationship with Jesus.
SIEM REAP MINISTRIES
Holistic community transformation through AIM’s Siem Reap employment center, transitional home, outreach salon and community center.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Sex trafficking is so egregious it stirs up the best and worst in us. At times it can seem overwhelming but YOU can make a difference. We all have time, talents and treasures that can bring freedom. Here are ways you can support AIM!
›› GIVE DONATION
Just a dollar a day can make the difference between sexual servitude and freedom.
›› GIVE PRAYER
We believe prayers are powerful, they move impossible obstacles and usher miracles to happen. You can sign up to get our prayer updates.
›› GET PRODUCTS
AIM Employment Centers (AEC) enable rescued young women to work in sustainable, restorative jobs. Shop our partners to support them!
›› GET EQUIPPED
Get information on the problem and equipped for the solution with The Pink Room Documentary and AIM’s Sex Trafficking Prevention Workshop.
›› MISSION TRIP
See the miracles in person! We invite you, the church, to join us in this fight. Short term missions teams are a great first step to seeing AIM’s ministries first hand and witnessing Jesus’ transformational and healing power.
›› WORK FOR AIM
We have positions in Cambodia and our headquarters (based in Roseville, CA). If you have a heart for justice and believe that God has called you to serve with us, we welcome you to apply on our website.
Another way to support them is to purchase our shirts and spread the word. 10% of our sales from now until July 9 will be donated to Agape International Missions.
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