O.U.R Stories
The Red Light District

Operation Underground Railroad is always looking for new approaches of intervention to help trafficked victims. O.U.R. Director of Prevention and Rehabilitation Ed Smart and O.U.R. jump team members sponsored and participated in a block party in the Red Light District of Mexico City last week.

The Red Light District in Mexico City

By Ed Smart

Ed Smart - O.U.R. Director of Prevention and Rehabilitation

Ed Smart – O.U.R. Director of Prevention and Rehabilitation

As we drove down Sullivan Street, it appeared questionable whether enough working girls would come to make the event worthwhile. O.U.R., along with 50 volunteers from a Christian ministry, carried tables, chairs, and a delicious dinner down to the street corner where the event would be held.

A festive Mariachi band dressed in bright orange led the way. Many of the volunteers and O.U.R. members brought roses to invite the girls to the dinner. One by one they came.

This was not a rescue in the sense that the Jump Team goes in and rescues the victims and arrests the perpetrators. It’s purpose was simply to let these girls know there are people who care about them and they can escape this type of life if they want to – and we are here to help.

Gift bags put together by volunteers in Salt Lake City, Utah included information on how to get out with a help number and a little compensation to keep the pimps from beating them.

One of the women that joined in the outreach had previously been trafficked on that very street for 16 years. We witnessed embraces from her old friends as she invited them to join us.

A Special Dinner for the Girls

A Special Dinner Party for the Girls

In a short time the dinner tables were full with approximately 60 girls joining the event. Words of encouragement transformed their faces to smiles as they found a helping hand.

The street emptied as the pimps looked on in shock. They usually stand about 10 to 12 feet behind the girls making sure their revenue stream keeps coming. Instead we witnessed them driving by, stopping and even getting out for a minute or two to take in what was happening. It was very apparent that slavery still exists in the world especially here on Sullivan Street.

The girls enjoyed food, music, dancing and a gift bag. The end results are yet to be seen, except for the understanding that the girls witnessed that people care and that they are something more than a commodity and a slave.

Written by: Cheryl L. Karr

2015-03-19 10:17:53
I am so proud of you for doing this. When I was a child I was trained to become one of those girls. I am so grateful that I was blessed to be able to turn my life around and find Jesus Christ. Actually, He found me and when I learned truth I turned my life around and began to follow Him. Keep up the good work. And also, just so you know, I prayed for your daughter when she was abducted. I shall continue to pray for your teams of help.
2015-03-19 11:50:07
This is incredible what you are doing. I love this cause!!
2015-03-20 09:17:31
First of all congratulations for your actions! I can't imagine the feeling of that women. Secondly, I live in Mexico City and I'll be very glad to help and get involved in this kind of activities in mi city. PLEASE, share this previously so we could help someway.
2015-03-20 12:44:43
I don't know that I've ever been so happy to contribute to a cause. Bless you all for what you do; I have no doubt that there are angels assisting you. I only wish I could do more.
Juan Rodriguez
2015-03-21 11:57:11
As an immigrant from Mexico living here in the US, I feel deeply grateful for your organization. I hope to donate more in the future. I truly appreciate your actions and courage.
Amy Clair Henderson
2015-03-24 17:10:24
You are truly amazing! I send blessing to you all. I pray for those sweet girls and everyone involved!! I want to help, please let me know what I can do!
Lindy Combs
2015-04-14 14:29:19
It thrills me to support this and receive these newsletters. My mother was drawn into prostitution at age 18...but escaped after three weeks. She was threatened with facial slashing by the pimp if she didn't comply to be "his girI" and appear to like it. I suffered sexual abuse as a child; these rescue stories are answers to my prayers. A prayer covering is all around The Team. I shall certainly forward that newsletter and post on Facebook!
2018-04-18 19:04:35
Im obliged for the post. Cool.
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