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SAM to host non-profit organization

SAM logoBy Kaitlin Fahey
Staff Writer

Tomorrow the Student Abolitionist Movement will be hosting members of Servantworks to speak about fighting sex trafficking.

Servantworks, a non-profit organization, began in 2003 with the purpose of helping women trapped in the red-light districts of Thailand. The organization, consisting of several “teams,” is committed to “personal and societal transformation based on the life and teachings of Jesus” (servantworks.com).

According to their website, the goal of Servantworks is to address the source of sex trafficking through “making disciples in the same way Jesus did: living and working with people, patiently teaching and demonstrating the heart of the Father, [and] training them to do the same with others.”

The organization’s largest program, The Well, is located in Bangkok. The Well seeks to empower victims of sex trafficking to find lives of dignity and purpose. This ministry aims to build friendships with women caught in Thailand’s sex trade, provide them with support for emotional and spiritual healing and help them acquire skills to sustain a self-supporting lifestyle.

The women are then returned to their villages as “agents of change.” Former sex workers have been able to return to their homes as educators, youth mentors and entrepreneurs, among other occupations.

Another program within Servantworks, called Narimon, seeks to “provide an alternative form of earning a living to women who are caught in the Thai sex trade.” Women who are employed by Narimon design make jewelry, which is available for purchase online.

Servantworks is coming to Georgetown College to share their knowledge and encourage others to “begin helping broken people…find restoration and freedom.”

Tomorrow’s event will include messages from several presenters: Jim Larson, who started the program with his wife, Judy, is the Servantworks Thailand coordinator. Jub Paypromnuk, who grew up in a Thai village, is the co-director of Breakthrough, a program within villages which aims to prevent girls from falling into trafficking.

Dao Houngho, one of the first women to become a member of The Well, now works as an outreach and intervention worker. She will speak “about the change process—mostly about having hope and really gaining freedom from complex PTSD— post traumatic stress disorder— over the long term.”

Another woman from The Well ministry, Fern Boonraksa, will speak. After gaining employment experience outside of Servantworks, she now uses her business talents as the chief operating officer for Narimon.

Tomorrow’s presentation will take place in Asher 112, beginning at 6 p.m. Attendees will receive a NEXUS credit. For more information, contact Dr. Singer at rebecca_singer@georgetowncollege.edu.