The specter of the worldwide sex trade is a blight on humanity. It seems to be such a huge problem that we tend to give up before we start — we care, but don’t end up doing anything to help stem the horrible tide. The problem seems too huge, too ingrained in culture and human nature, and too far away from our own lives for us to do anything about it; even to pray!
But here in Korea there is some good news: the nation is taking decisive steps to end the sex trade within its borders once and for all. Take a look at the situation as recently reported in the Korean news:
- Prostitution was banned in South Korea in 1961, but for decades police rarely enforced the law.
- In 2002 a fire killed 14 women who were locked up inside a burning brothel.
- The result: tougher legislation was created and went into effect in 2004.
And here’s some encouraging numbers:
- Since the new laws took effect 259,000 people — 70 percent of them male customers — have been arrested.
- Nearly 4,000 prostitutes have left their brothels.
- Seven of the country’s 35 major red-light districts have disappeared, according to police records.
Praise God that He is putting an end to the sex trade here in Seoul, and all over Korea!
Now 1,800 prostitutes remain working in Seoul. Many of those are in the Yeongdeungpo red light district. However, right now prostitutes and pimps are resisting police efforts to end prostitution in Yeongdeungpo.
- Since April they’ve staged large, sometimes violent, protests.
- This week they have stocked their brothels with flammable liquid and gas containers, and they’re threatening to blow up the neighborhood!
- Three days ago 20 women in a demonstration doused themselves in flammable liquid and had to be restrained from setting themselves on fire.
The issue seems to be about the ownership of the property that the brothels occupy, and the loss of reasonably high incomes for women who would otherwise not have good choices.
Pray for the Sex workers in Yeongdeungpo!
Pray for these women:
- That they would turn their hearts and leave their life in the sex trade.
- Pray for salvation for these women.
- Pray that God would turn what the enemy intends for evil, and bring this situation around to His glory!
Pray for the 1,800 prostitutes that remain in brothels.
- Pray that they are saved out of their bondage.
- Pray for good-paying job alternatives for these women, and solid new lives.
We know that God can give these women wonderful, new lives in exchange for their old, corrupt ones. So many of US are testimonies to this truth! “…And such were some of us..,” I Cor. 6;11. So this is the bottom line: pray that God will send real people into the lives of these women — people who can share the gift of God’s redemption, and help each of these women into the hope and reality of a new life in Christ. Pray that God would pour out His love on these women, even as He continues to support Korea’s legal crackdown — until prostitution is a thing of the past all over Korea!