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"Far from hidden, the community of Svay Pak, Cambodia in particular, is a notorious haven for international pedophiles where girls, as young as eight years old, brazenly wave foreigners toward brothels and karaoke bars to purchase sex." More ...

Dear Family and Friends,

As many of you know, I have been residing in Seoul, Korea since 2011. It has really been an eye-opening, amazing, and spiritual experience for me, and I’m so thankful to God for directing me to this country for His purposes. When I first came here to teach children, I only had one goal in mind and that was to be able to go back home to the US within a year and pursue my personal, creative aspirations. Unbeknownst to me, God had other plans for my time in Korea.

In 2012, I began attending Onnuri English Ministry where I met Pastor Eddie Byun. He preached about seeking justice for the victims of sex and labor trafficking and the orphans in the nation of Korea and around the world every Sunday. Through the work God was doing in this church, the trajectory of my life changed, and I became a part of Hope Be Restored, a justice ministry, and NGO under the leadership of Pastor Eddie.

As my close friends and family members know, I have seen, been exposed to, written, and researched about sex slavery and human trafficking for many years, but I never knew why I was exposed to it so often living in Koreatown, Los Angeles. During this time in Korea, I learned that God planted those seeds in my heart long ago and gave me a glimpse into this world because He wanted me to seek justice in the name of Christ.  

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there are over 30 million women, men, and children who are enslaved all over the world today. This is more than the number of slaves in the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade over the course of 400 years. Some of us may see it in our everyday lives yet are unaware of it, and for some of us, it may be completely hidden from view. Human trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world, earning 32 billion dollars a year, and it’s set to surpass drugs and arms trafficking within the next five years.

Sex tourism is a huge pandemic in Asia, especially with more and more people from all over the world coming to do business and have leisure time here. According to a congressional research service report on sex trafficking, “It is more profitable for a trafficker to prostitute a girl than to commit other crimes such as dealing drugs."This is because the commodity (girl) is reusable, and technological innovation has allowed traffickers to reach a wider client base and connect more quickly with buyers.

Prostitution is illegal in most Asian countries, but widely accepted, as the laws are not properly enforced. There is also the misperception that those who enter the sex industry willingly cannot be victimized. "Modern day slavery involves emotional shackles that can’t always be immediately seen." This pertains not only to sex trafficking but labor trafficking as well. Outreach and prevention programs are essential in rescuing victims, restoring hope, and most importantly—spreading the gospel.

God has called me to Cambodia this winter to work with Agape International Missions(AIM) Children in Cambodia, as young as five years old, are subjected to sexual servitude and hard labor. Many tourists do not know these girls are enslaved and forced to smile as if they are enjoying what they do.I hope that all of us can seek justice together. The calculated expenses for this trip are expected to be approximately $2500 dollars, which includes airfare, living accommodations, on-site missionary support, supplies, arts and crafts, food, etc...My fundraising campaign will last a duration of 30 days, and I hope you can partner with me-- even if it is just a few dollars. More importantly is the request for prayers, as they are vital to the work that God is sending me and my missions team to do. I would be thankful if you could please pray for our protection, safety, obedience to God, and above all, that the people of Cambodia would come to know and love Christ as King. If you could support me financially in any small way, I would be so grateful. Thank you so much, and God bless!

In His Name,

Grace Kim


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