ABOUT OUR WORK IN
Issues Facing Women and Girls in Indonesia
Indonesian women are particularly vulnerable to trafficking for sexual and labor exploitation.
An estimated 43.5 percent of female prostitutes in Indonesia are under the age of 18.
Red Light Outreach
Girls and their families on smaller islands are tricked by recruiters who offer “good jobs” in the hospitality industry. Each of Indonesia’s 33 provinces is a source and destination of trafficking.
In Red Light District Outreaches, our local co-workers offer women and girls to join them for Bible studies, and safe passage to a remote restoration house.
Once the girls are safe, they receive trauma counseling, vocational training and the opportunity to discover their worth in Christ.
Poor Indonesian children rarely grow up with positive adult influence. Many children are raised by older siblings. This lack of education and supervision often leads to abuse, exploitation, and trafficking.
Through our work with Children-At-Risk, about 60,000 underprivileged and at-risk school children learn about the love of God and gain 10 Tips to Safety, a Hotline for Help, school supplies and underthings for girls.
In She Is Safe Transformation Groups, we train and support local co-workers to create savings and loan programs, develop literacy, leadership and livelihood. Group members meet weekly to support each other and learn about health, risks for girls, and the tricks of traffickers and loan sharks.
FROM THE FIELD
From Abuse to
Sari* is a 14-year-old girl who doesn’t know where her parents now live. Her abuse began at age 8, when her uncle began selling her from her home. She left her home to live at an orphanage, then was moved around a lot through different government organizations. During this time she experienced sexual abuse from several older men. She ended up at the She Is Safe-sponsored Safe House, where she is loved, mentored and supported in her education. She now dreams of becoming a chef some day, and she is encouraged by the Safe House staff to pursue her dream, be creative and learn many new things.