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How many of us have passed a prostituted woman on the street, seen one interviewed on television, or read about one in a newspaper article? Was she human to you – flesh and blood, with a mind and feelings? Or did you dismiss her because she’s just a whore, not worth hearing, seeing, or understanding?

That woman, actually in many cases just a girl, was not born to be a prostitute. The path into prostitution usually begins in their childhood with sexual molestation and rape. The overwhelming majority of women and girls in the commercial sex industry are desperate to get out of it. If their circumstances were different, would they be a secretary, scientist or senator?

When you look at a child, do you see a prostitute? The next time you see or read about a prostitute, think about the child she once was – or may still be. That child is scared, hurt, alone, and aching for protection. That woman feels pain, suffering, shame and despair – and has for many years.

In movies and television shows, the prostituted woman is often angry, violent, drug-addicted, and resigned to the life. Forced to have sex with numerous men each day – and hand over your money to someone else to boot – wouldn’t you be angry? Beaten by pimps, traffickers, and johns, wouldn’t you have violent reactions? Forced to ingest alcohol and drugs to submit to your first trick, and rely on them to deaden the physical and psychological pain of this life, wouldn’t you become addicted? Abandoned by your family, scorned by society, and told by pimps and johns you aren’t good for anything else – wouldn’t you become resigned?

But who cares? She’s just a violent, drug-addicted whore.

Well guess what? Jesus cares. And as Christians, we should care.

In fact, in the Old Testament God brought Rahab the harlot to our attention. He drew her to Him through circumstances involving the two Israelite spies sent into Jericho. God entrusted the spies into her care and after the walls of Jericho fell, Rahab married one of the spies and had a son, Boaz. King David and Joseph are descendants of Boaz. God cared, rescued and restored Rahab and placed her in the most important genealogy line in history.

Do you care? Jesus tells us we should. Every prostituted woman, child, and man is made in the image of God. They deserve our care and concern, not our contempt. Pray for their rescue and restoration – you never know how or where God will use them for His purposes.

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