With the help of several contacts in the Red Light District, we have recently acquired a building that we have begun to use as a day-time refuge for women in prostitution there. Our main objectives there are:
- To create an escape from the tumultuous environment of the Red Light District, even if only for a cup of coffee, a prayer and a shower.
- To house the Free the Girls project (see below) and train women who are in prostitution skills and character qualities required to keep jobs, in order for them to have the opportunity to leave prostitution.
- To be a refuge of hope within a community of darkness, and present the gospel to those who may never be in a place where they can hear it.
We have found it very difficult to get close to women in the Red Light District. However, we have discovered a creative way to get phone numbers to and make a connection with women and girls who are working in the brothels of San José. We adhere a label with the country’s helpline on lipsticks, offering hope to those who are being forced to provide sexual services to live or pay off a debt. We give the lip gloss away as gifts. This puts valuable information into the hands of those who are most vulnerable to these crimes and offers them a way out.
Face of Justice is bringing Free the Girls job training program to Costa Rica to empower victimized women and teen girls to start a new life for themselves by establishing their own micro-enterprise selling bras. Each woman is offered the initial inventory of bras to start her own small business in a local second-hand clothing market. Bras are considered a luxury and command the highest price of any second-hand clothing item. The program allows women to begin to leave the streets and avoid contact with men through the sale of bras.
In addition to the job training provided in our partnership with Free the Girls, our heart is to teach the women in the Red Light District that they were created to create. We want to empower the women with sewing classes with varying skill-levels to accomplish, and also soap-making classes. The objective is to teach these women that there is hope ad possibility for other avenues of having an income.
The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation can be overwhelming. The method that we have chosen to encounter the problem head on is to build relationships with the victims and the people who are most vulnerable to it. Face of Justice is committed to going to the streets of downtown San José where we build relationships with the prostituted men, women and children there. Almost every other part of our ministry stems from taking 15 staff and volunteers to roam the streets of San José and serve coffee and cookies twice a week into the late hours of the night when our friends are on the streets the most. A hot cup of coffee, a good hug from a friend and a prayer from a powerful God is often all these men and women need to invite them out of the darkness in which they live.
Casa Agape is a home where everyone from the streets is welcomed to experience the unconditional love of God.
There is one park in San José with over 100 boys and men who prostitute themselves every night. Many of them are addicted to drugs, trapped in the street culture, or are homeless and haven’t been able to get out of prostitution for that reason. Our volunteer-led Bible Study meets at one of our staff members’ homes every Thursday night, encouraging the men in what true biblical manhood looks like and walking alongside them in order to help them in life-altering decisions.