Linwood House Ministries (LHM) is a non-profit charitable organization. Our mission is to provide safe and inclusive spaces for all people to discover possibilities and tools for transformative action. Attention is given to the empowerment of women and girls, especially those caught in the cycles of addiction, abuse and sex trafficking.
THE STORY OF ONE — MEET HOPE
Hope is from Laos. She was born to a father who was an alcoholic, a “butterfly” who would go from village to village and woman to woman. He rejected Hope from a very young age, never telling her he loved her, and despising her as his daughter. Hope’s mother resented this daughter too, never showing her the love she deserved. To her own mother she became a commodity and at 10 years of age, her mother sold Hope to a much older man in the village. By the time she was 13 she was pregnant. After her son was born her “husband” left her for another woman and Hope returned to live with her mother to have help caring for her son.
When her son was 2 years old, Hope’s mother sold her again, this time to a trafficker. One night, Hope left her village and walked to a clearing in the road. There, she was picked up and put in a refrigerator truck with 50 other women. The space was so small that the women sat on each other’s shoulders, stacked two and three high. They drove for hours through Laos to Thailand, where they were taken to Bangkok and put to work in the bar in the red light districts.
It was there Hope would stay for 9 days, sometimes working 10am to 2am every day, dressed in little, sitting perched on a bar stool trying to look sexy, seductive and interested in men who would leer and assess and buy her.
It was in a bar in Thailand, that the LHM team met this young girl, heard her story firsthand, how her dreams had been stolen, and tried to tell her that she is a child of God…loved, honored, valued, respected, cherished.
Today she is receiving an education, living in a partner residence, and discovering her dreams and purpose. She is our friend.
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