A Slave Set Free
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Words by Tracey Heers
In the Beginning
Deep rage consumed La, set off by the slightest thing. Unable to process the abuse that had been inflicted on her, she lashed out at others. Fist fights and brawls gave expression to her locked away pain. She didn’t cry.
Her Old Story
La began work when she was very young – she became a waitress in a karaoke bar. The transition to sex work was stunningly quick and simple. Like most childhood rape victims, she lost her own will with frightening predictability. Being violently raped multiple times caused a death inside this beautiful girl; she submitted to sex work like the living dead.
La soon walked down the well-worn path from prostitution to drug addiction, hiding her pain in the numbness offered by opiates.
Her descent quickened. She became involved with a syndicate of very evil and powerful men. She was now playing with the big boys; she had a habit, they had the gear. Her annihilation was now almost complete; the syndicate of men had gained complete control over her through ownership spawned by her need for drugs and their brutal force.
She became their plaything, but the games they played were torturous. She was bound nightly, from her neck to her ankles. Stripped of all clothing the bonds were wound around and around her. She was a captive, completely powerless to protect herself against the clutching, groping hands of the men that bid for her.
She was paraded before the leering men each night. The bonds so tight around her legs that she could only hobble; the men laughed at that. The auction proceeded every night; the deal was the highest bidder could do whatever he wanted with her – anything. Fear choked at her. She never knew which man would be the one to finally kill her. Sometimes she prayed they would.
She did not cry or scream. She stayed silent before the probing and pushing, the filthy insults. Hatred was her shield, her anger like a tightly-closed fist grabbing to hold on to any shred of sanity. Each night she listened to the men laugh uproariously as they talked about what they would do to her if their bid won.
Her New Life
La was rescued.
La, one of the most beautiful girls who ever came to us, and one of the most deeply and disturbingly broken, has fresh hope and new eyes to see the future.
Her journey to restoration was slow as she pushed through her grief and shocking anger. But she made it. She let go of her hatred and pain, and it unwound its debilitating hold on her mind and heart. Fear lessened and gradually the ingredients of a new life were poured into her – education, goals and even dreams.
La reached out to a God who understood humiliation and suffering and received profound freedom into her heart and mind. He redeemed her past and she now experiences his unconditional love and warm embrace.
Today La is thriving. She is close to achieving all the goals that she set for herself for the year. It is a true miracle to see someone come from slavery to freedom, from utter torment to peace and happiness.
Sue Seager, her counsellor says, “I look at her now and I feel that she enjoys a mental freedom experienced by few.”
Disclaimer: To ensure the protection and safety of all our Rescue Children, we change certain details of their stories and their name. Image used is not an image of the child represented in this story.
La’s life speaks to us in the language of miracles; the miracles of rescue and restoration. Be part of a miracle and help set a slave free today.