Today we started by crossing the Greece border into Bulgaria and touring through small poor villages. We saw first-hand the life of a typical girl/women before they are trafficked. After spending the morning in the villages it was easy to understand why people from the villages are easy prey for traffickers.
Traffickers search for vulnerable people who they can trick into leaving their villages for better job opportunities but then force them into sex slavery. In these villages there are no job opportunities, education is extremely low, and the need to make money is very high.
After returning back to Greece we went on a red light district tour. We witnessed where human trafficking sex slaves are forced to work through street prostitution and brothels. We drove down the busy street of Thessaloniki that was covered with sex shops and strip clubs. Then we turned down a road and followed a sign with an arrow pointed right that read "sex➡️". As we made our way down the road, for several blocks, on both sides of the street, it was covered with legal and illegal brothels. The brothels all had small red lights above the door and had open signs. We could see guys walking in & out of these doors.
I was overwhelmed by what I saw but then I was reminded of what an A21 staff shared with us.
Annie (A21 Staff) told us that there are 27 million girls that have been sold into sex slavery but there is also 3 billion Christians in the world. That is an 85:1 ratio; for every 85 Christians in the world there is 1 victim. If the church can come together we can outnumber the amount of victims and we can end modern day slavery!
- Gloria Solis
|Today as we toured a very poor village in Bulgaria I found this soccer ball and goalie box behind a run down school. In this village many young girls become victims of human trafficking. I wonder how many times soccer has been a place of refuge for the kids here, or a has given them joy from their brokenness. #fcaeverywhere#sisterhoodgreece2014|