I met my friend Sophia on the corner of Soi 44 to take the songtaow to the skytrain together. We got to the skytrain station and while Sophia was purchasing her ticket an old white man with a young asia woman on his arm approached the kiosk next to her. I noticed that the woman quickly let go of the man’s hand, you could see she did not want to be with him. Sophia and I just exchanged knowing glances, no words necessary.
We took the skytrain to the normal meeting place to meet up with our friend Jade and grab a quick bite to eat. Then, we hit the street. We hadn’t even walked a block when Sophia recognized a woman sitting on some stairs outside a building. We went over to say “hi” to her. We sat and chatted with her for a few minutes, prayed for her and for the rest of our night, then took to the streets again. I asked Sophia if she was waiting for someone. She was waiting for men, for customers. That street would be full of women waiting for the same thing as the night went on. The funny thing is though, looking at her I didn’t know she was a prostitute. She was wearing a normal dress that went to her knees and down to her elbows, her make up was modest, and her heels weren’t that high. That’s how most of the street walkers are dressed though. The untrained eye would have no idea.
Just a few blocks down the road, Sophia stopped us again to show us a partially hidden stairway. She informed us that it led to a government protected brothel that is known for having underage girls. We continued walking along the sidewalks now lined with street vendors selling the normal purses, watches, and the like- with some porn and other paraphernalia thrown into the mix.
My first time out with Sophia she told me the key to outreach was having a song in your heart. As we walked down those sidewalks that night the song in my heart was, “Come and let Your presence fill our praise, fill our praise, Come and let Your presence fill this place.” I’m learning that worship is a strong weapon against the enemy. This was also our prayer for that night, that as we make a presence in those places that God’s presence would come. We stopped to see another bar notorious for having underage girls as well. From the outside it looks like a normal bar. We stopped there to pray over that place.
Our next stop was the Nana Entertainment Plaza, a literal 3 floor sex mall. On the second floor, we entered a bar to visit a girl that Sophia has been building a relationship with. She introduced us, talked for a little bit, we all hugged, and then left. Sophia’s strategy is to keep going to visit each girl just to let them know there are people there for them and that care about them.
We left Nana to go to the Grace Hotel. This hotel is government protected and run by the Pakistani mafia. It is where most of the trafficked European and Middle Eastern women are held and prostituted. We went in to the restaurant just to be a presence and have a drink. There weren’t many people around at that time, but it was still early. Sophia told us her story of helping a girl escape from that very hotel a few years ago. You can watch a documentary about the Grace Hotel here:
On our way out we made a pit stop in the bathroom. There were already 5 women in there getting ready for the night making sure their clothes and makeup were the way they wanted. Sophia, Jade, and I all exchanged knowing glances and nothing was said about it after we left that bathroom.
No words were necessary or in my case, there were just no words.