Loving Prostitutes

May 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Places

Two remarkable ministries, one in Athens and one in Amsterdam, provide friendship and practical support like legal advice and job training to prostitutes looking for a way out of their profession. Many of these women were trafficked, or forced into prostitution. They face torture or murder for turning against the men they work for, and need what money they can earn to support parents and siblings in their native countries.

In Greece, staff and volunteers from Nea Zoi, a ministry of International Teams, walk the streets and offer Bibles, hot tea, and a few moments of conversation with the prostitutes there. In Amsterdam, the evangelical Dutch ministry “Scarlet Cord” provides shelter, mentoring, and counseling for dozens of women.

“The evil of trafficking and prostitution is dark,” says Nea Zoi director Emma Skjonsby Manousaridou. “And yet, I’ve seen God here.”