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Melinda Guerra was one of the Lord’s best gifts to me in the past year. A little over a year ago, I posted a tweet asking if anyone wanted to help me establish a ministry to the sex-trade in Cambodia. We were going to send four young ladies there and I needed someone to help me prepare them. …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
Melinda Guerra was one of the Lord’s best gifts to me in the past year. A little over a year ago, I posted a tweet asking if anyone wanted to help me establish a ministry to the sex-trade in Cambodia. We were going to send four young ladies there and I needed someone to help me prepare them. Melinda responded and has been a huge blessing. She regularly prays for, encourages, and advises the team.
I believe that there are others like her out there – maybe you’re one. I asked her, “What would you say to others like yourself who want to help in the same way you did?”
If you’ve wondered “What can I do to help stop the sex-trade without going overseas, Melinda write you this letter from her heart. Let me encourage you, please pray about it – you can make a huge difference:
This is your lightening call. Your near death experience.
stars being aligned, your life being “more together,” your life-changing call to action. 

This is it.  


know there are a million reasons right now that you can’t sell all your
belongings, give the money to the poor and travel the world on foot,
healing lepers and stopping war. I get it.
is there some possibility that perhaps you’re missing something?  An
uncomfortable ease with which you live in this world, an apathy you
can’t overcome, a question of “what difference am I making” you can’t
answer, or an acknowledgement that you have space in your life to love
some people if only you could find them?  

Then do something.  I’m going to give you one really, really practical thing you can do.

working with 10 twenty-somethings starting a ministry in Cambodia to prostitutes who are still
in the hustle of the bar scene.


I’ve got a full-time job in a Chicago office, but I’m able to volunteer
10 hours a week to fight human trafficking. I love that I’m able to make
a difference in a tangible way. I’m not moving to Cambodia any time
soon, but God has given me a way to be involved that I would never have
guessed was possible. I get to change lives.

I’m pretty confident we can find a way for you to join us. If you can encourage or love or read or write or research or share vision or pray or type or photograph or organize or ask questions or think outside of the box or think inside of a frame or offer your hospitality or…   or if you’ve got a story and you don’t know how you could possibly help, just raise your hand and send us an email and we’ll listen and see what we can work out together.

This is your lightening bolt – your call to action.
is how we bring hope to the world and where we invite you to be a part
of a journey none of us can fully imagine right now.  Before the reasons
not to help start flooding back in, hear this reason to help:  we need
it; we’re asking; and you are able.
Just email me here and I’ll help you get started. 

Comments (5)

  • This is awesome Seth! I don’t called personally into dealing with Sex Trafficking but still want to do my part and so about 2 months ago I started a little “business” making necklaces so that I can create awareness and to support an organization out there that is on the front lines. I am going to get in touch with her. But in the mean time if you want to check out the site I set up here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/arcoffey

  • There is a lot of controversy over the topics of sex trafficking, sex slavery, human trafficking and forced prostitution. Regarding what the definition is, the research methods used to find statistics, what the definition of a victim is, the number of child and adult victims involved, forced vs. unforced sex, how the actual prostitutes themselves feel about it, and legal vs. illegal prostitution.

    There is a lot of controversy over the numbers of adult woman who are forced sex slaves. The real factual answer is that no one knows. There is hard evidence that the sex slavery/sex trafficking issue continues to report false information and is greatly exaggerated by politicians, the media, and aid groups, feminist and religious organizations that receive funds from the government, The estimate of adult women who become new sex slaves ranges anywhere from 40 million a year to 5,000 per year all of which appear to be much too high. They have no evidence to back up these numbers, and no one questions them about it. Their sources have no sources, and are made up numbers. In fact if some of these numbers are to believed which have either not changed or have been increased each year for the past twenty years, all woman on earth would currently be sex slaves. Yet, very few real forced against their will sex slaves have been found.

    Sex trafficking is illegal and the pentities are very severe. It is very difficult to force someone to be a sex slave, they would have to have 24 hour guards posted and be watched 365 days a year, 24 hours per day. Have the threat of violence if they refused, and have no one notice and complain to the authorities or police. They would need to hide from the general public yet still manage to see customers from the general public and not have the customers turn the traffickers in to the police. They would need to provide them with medical care, food, shelter, and have all their basic needs met. They would need to have the sex slaves put on a fake front that they enjoyed what they were doing, act flirtatious and do their job well. They would have to deal with the authorities looking for the missing women, and hide any money they may make, since it comes from illegal activity. They must do all of this while constantly trying to prevent the sex slaves from escaping and reporting them to the police. They would need to prevent the general public from reporting them into the police. This is extremely difficult to do, which makes this activity rare. These criminals would be breaking dozens of major laws not just one. Kidnapping itself is a serious crime. There are many laws against sex trafficking, sex slavery, kidnapping, sex abuse, rape, sexual harassment etc. If someone is behind it, they will be breaking many serious laws, be in big trouble, and will go to jail for many long years. And do you actually think that there is a long line of people who want to have a career as a sex slave kidnapping pimp?

    Here are some good websites about sex trafficking:





  • I never went overseas. But at the age of 15 I was handed over to a 28 year old. It took me 20to get away from him.

    Still I cannot sleep without his image going through my help. How do I get over this.
    This year I am turning 40 and have learned no men get to take advantage of me.
    I feel so stir-crazy with emotions. Do you have any groups or counseling?

  • Clara – you need to see a counselor. Perhaps you could begin by talking to someone at your church and asking them to help you find someone.

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