Agape International Missions

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Agape International Missions
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Don Brewster (left) being interviewed by Benjamin Nolot (right) for Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
Abbreviation AIM
Formation 1989
Type NGO
Purpose To rehabilitate former child prostitutes
Location
Director
Don Brewster
Board Chair
Bryce Jessup
Affiliations 3Strands
Website agapewebsite.org

Agape International Missions (AIM) is a nonprofit organization working to help girls caught up in the child sex trade in Cambodia.[1] Agape was founded by Bridget and Don Brewster of Lincoln, California in 1989.[1][2][3] Bryce Jessup is Board Chair of the organization.[4]

AIM opened its restoration center for former child sex workers in 2006, and in the country in 2006.[5] It co-funds the Svay Pak-based rehabilitation center for formerly prostituted children.[6][7] called "Agape Training Center", 41 young women receive rehabilitation and employment through the center.[8] Svay Pak is described by the Vancouver Sun as a place where up to 90% of children are forced into prostitution, and as "one of the few places on earth" where men can purchase sex with a three-year-old child. Agape runs medical and dental clinics staffed by volunteer medical personnel who fly in from the developed world for a week at a time.[6]

Some of the funds from the 2011 Run for Courage went to AIM.[9]

Don Brewster is an American activist.[10] He founded Agape International Missions (AIM)[11] in 1989.[2] He and his wife moved to Cambodia and freed 200 girls from sexual slavery.[12] Through AIM, Brewster ran a Svay Pak, Cambodia-based rehabilitation center for formerly prostituted children[7] called "Agape Training Center". 41 young women received rehabilitation and employment through the center.[8] Brewster used to be the pastor of Adventure Christian Church.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Steve Milne (May 9, 2011). "Area Couple Fighting Sex Slavery In Cambodia". Capital Public Radio. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Agape International Missions". The Freedom Registry. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ Magagnini, Stephen (16 August 2010). "A PLACE OF SAFETY Granite Bay missionaries bring message of hope for a better life to victims of child sex trade in Cambodia (profile)". The Sacramento Bee. 
  4. ^ "Bryce Jessup Receives Lifetime Achievement Award". Rocklin & Roseville Today. January 21, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Locke, Cathy (21 August 2011). "Granite Bay event to focus on efforts to combat sex trafficking". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. 
  6. ^ a b Bramhan, Daphne (26 March 2012). "Svay Pak's glimmers of hope; Vancouver-based Ratanak International and others work to rebuild a community". Vancouver Sun. 
  7. ^ a b Sara Sidner (October 24, 2011). "Cambodian village has disturbing reputation for child sex slavery". CNN. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Campaign: 3 Strands Bracelets for the Agape Training Center". Justice Generation. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Run For Courage, Inc. announces 2011 beneficiaries". The Folsom Telegraph. September 30, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Rocklin Ballet Group performance to raise funds for non-profit". Rocklin & Roseville Today. May 19, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Don Brewster". Not My Life. Archived from the original on March 4, 2013. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stephen Magagnini (May 22, 2010). "More in Sacramento region sign up to fight global scourges". The Sacramento Bee. p. D1. 
  13. ^ Jennifer K. Morita (August 7, 2008). "Girls turn camera on world: Teacher aids victims of child sex trade". The Sacramento Bee: G7.