Building Trust With Child Trafficking Victims
Written by Amanda Degler, Missionary in Thailand
Every child who comes to ZOE International has a different story. Some come from begging rings, some are orphans with no one to care for them, some come from brothels where they have been used and others come from abusive homes. While every child who arrives at ZOE has her own story, I have found that one thing remains the same about most children who first come to ZOE, and that is fear.
The majority of children coming to ZOE do not know if they should trust us because they have learned that people should not be trusted. For one child in particular, the fear was always visible on her face as she wondered if we would use and abuse her like others have in the past. However, as hard as it was to see her so scared in the beginning, it was also exciting to see her fear melt away. While her fear lingered longer than others, she began to experience unconditional love, possibly for the first time, and to transform into the courageous, beautiful and kind girl she is today.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” 1 John 4:18a
As her fear subsided and the trust was built, we were able to begin the hard work of processing her trauma and past. Since then, she has integrated into the ZOE family and begun to plan for her own bright future.