Cambodia is a country that was ravaged by the Khmer Rouge and its leader Pol Pot, from 1975 to 1979. Mass genocide of the educated, religious and influential resulted in what has become known as The Killing Fields of Cambodia. Estimates range up to 3 million people died as a direct result of this genocide or related disease and starvation, and the country still suffers from Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror today. The abject poverty in which much of the country lives and the corruption in government and police agencies fuel the child sex trafficking industry in Cambodia. In the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Reports, Cambodia is identified as a source, transit and destination country for child sex trafficking, and a country where severe forms of human trafficking occur. A UNICEF survey of females trapped in sexual slavery in Cambodia found there to be 55,000 young women and girls involved, with 35% being girls under the age of 16. These children are trapped and held as slaves to a life of exploitation, abuse and brutality, a life without hope.
In response to this egregious problem, in 2005 we at Agape International Missions (AIM) began to focus our efforts on ending this travesty in Cambodia by providing transformational aftercare for victims rescued from sex trafficking and increasing prevention efforts through a network of village churches. AIM opened Agape Restoration Center (ARC) in August of 2006 providing holistic long-term aftercare for rescued girls, and in September 2007, opened a community center, Rahab’s House, in a former brothel in the heart of a village where sex slavery is the norm for every girl by the age of 10. It is our vision to see Jesus Christ, through his church, defeat the evil of child sex trafficking in Cambodia. Christ’s church is his people…you and us. We invite you to partner with us in ending this travesty against children and restoring hope to their broken lives and hope to the future of the people of Cambodia.
In 2005 we at Agape International Missions (AIM) began to focus our efforts on ending the travesty of child sex trafficking in Cambodia by providing transformational aftercare for victims rescued from sex trafficking and increasing prevention efforts through a network of village churches.