When I was getting ready to go to Pattaya I googled “Pattaya” so I would KNOW where in the world I was going! HAHA!! Well… it SHOCKED me that the first thing that POPPED up was an add for “GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS!!” =/ Oh my…. I realized then WHY the Thrive Rescue ministry was THERE!!
One of the evenings we were there we went with the students from The Justice School to Walking Street. This is what Pattaya is known for… =( Lisa described it as “walking thru Downtown Disney but instead of shops to buy things… this was the place to buy people” – to BUY children… for sex… it is horrific. There are NO words to describe this.
This was the end of the “tourist” season… WHAT??? Tourists??? YES! there were BUSSES full of people EVERYWHERE! Seriously… my brain is still reeling from the fact that busses come in for people to BUY people – for sex.
In our prep time to get ready for what we were going to see and experience I learned that this place – Walking Street – was the high end for the BEAUTIFUL young ladies to “work” – That meant they got around $9 – per john… NINE DOLLARS…. nine dollars… My heart hurts…
I do not want to post any full pix of these beautiful young ladies… here is one of their feet… this is how MANY of them stand out in the street to get business…. I prayed for each of them as I walked by… oh how JESUS loves them… He HEARS their cries…. HE SEES THEM!
On the OUTSKIRTS of Walking Street… along the beach… are the girls that are “done” – can you imagine being DONE at 15 or 16 years old??? =(
The picture below was taken as a drive by… I didn’t SEE this till I went thru my pix… This is the outskirts of Walking Street… again… my heart HURTS!
This night was one of the hardest nights to deal with… even now… it is difficult to see the pix…
Oh LORD, My heart HURTS for these beautiful young ladies the are trapped in this AWEFUL place! I know YOU hear their cries… I KNOW You see them… PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE rescue them! Use me to HELP do something for them! USE our church to help END the trafficking – not just over seas… but HERE at HOME! In Corona! This is TOOOOOOO BIG for me to imagine… but it is NOT too big for YOU!!!! Help… please LORD! I LOVE YOU!
And I will give you a new heart,
and a new spirit I will put within you.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh
and give you a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 36:26 ESV
God changed my heart of stone to a heart of flesh… I think that is why it HURTS so MUCH! =(