There was something about Sarah’s photo
WRITTEN BY BLAIRE PILKINGTON
When Exodus Cry’s Intervention team found “Sarah’s” photo and advertisement on a local website promoting prostitution, there was something different about her.
Our staff regularly monitors websites where young women are being exploited online. Our outreach to these precious, isolated individuals is often the only contact they have with anyone other than pimps or johns.
But Sarah was different. To our surprise, she was honest about her experiences. “I just started taking calls. Haven’t done it yet.”
Even though Sarah worked a day job, there wasn’t enough money to support her young daughter. She had just received an eviction notice. She was desperate and didn’t know what to do. A friend of hers suggested that she turn a few tricks to make fast cash, and while she was taking calls from potential johns, she wasn’t completely comfortable with the idea yet.
Sensing an opening, we spoke with Sarah and let her know that we wanted to help, if she would let us. Later that week we met up with her, brought hope and encouragement, and connected her with resources that would keep her from having to enter the sex industry. She was grateful and relieved—and she shared with us her painful story of abuse and desire to provide a safer environment for her daughter.
Later she told us: “For some reason I feel like… God brought us together before I actually went through with this escort idea.”
Because of the resources, prayer, and compassionate support we offered Sarah, her body wasn’t sold to strangers in order for her to survive.
Scores of other success stories like hers are made possible at Exodus Cry each year because of God’s faithfulness and the generous financial support of individuals like you.
This holiday season, will you consider making a donation to Exodus Cry? Our work in the areas of prevention, intervention, and restoration is impacting countless lives shackled in the cycle of sexual exploitation.
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