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
AbbreviationAIM
Formation1989
TypeNGO
PurposeTo rehabilitate former child prostitutes
Location
Director
Don Brewster
Board Chair
Bryce Jessup
Affiliations3Strands
Websiteagapewebsite.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.