My Treasure

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by Chrissy Woodward There’s no hidden corner you can blend yourself into. There’s no secret room where eyes can’t find you. Your shame and your fear make you think love isn’t real. But it’s pure and it’s honest Despite what you feel. I know you feel unworthy as you take all the blame. You’ve been responding to a call forgetting your …

Not Just Girls, Girls, Girls

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“Are you, Lance*?” The sturdy security guard looked almost puzzled, and a softness in his eyes betrayed his formidable stance. “How do you remember my name?” He asked after a pause. “I can’t believe you remember me. I don’t remember anyone’s name.” “We want to remember you,” the Treasures volunteer said. Respected and remembered, Lance engaged us warmly and gladly …

Will You Help Us Reach Women in New Corners of the World

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This month, I traveled to Ecuador to further our vision of seeing sex-industry outreach flourishing in every city on the globe. This outreach training marked the first time EVER in the history of the country that the issues of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation were talked about in a public, educational setting. The Government has been slow to recognize that the problem exists, so …

The Long Embrace

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The woman was moved. After opening her gift, a swell of emotions caused her to hesitate in her response. “I feel like I want to hug you,” she said to a Treasures volunteer. The volunteer flung her arms open, inviting this woman in. The woman savored the long embrace, clinging tightly as if to speak a depth of gratitude that …

Beauty and Brainwashing

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In elementary school, my childhood best friend and I would flip through the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine and call “dibs” on the body parts we wanted. We played a game where the first person to call out a particular feature “won” the right to that feature.

Size Matters

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  We are not too big and we are not too little. This was the theme that came up for our team before we headed to East San Fernando Valley for our monthly strip club outreach. As is often the case on outreach nights, the theme that came up during prayer ended up permeating the rest of the evening. During …

Bombs ‘N Roses: A Weekend in Vegas

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“Is there a bomb in those bags?” Her eyes glinted with intrigue as we handed her a gift. We watched as she opened the dainty, pink bag, clearly not believing her own words. She unwrapped a lip gloss and a pair of earrings, and looked up in disbelief that it was actually a gift—a fun present for her, without any …

The Power of a Story: An Outreach Update

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The Power of a Story: An Outreach Update By Monique Calderon   What if I told you that every circumstance—every single thing that has ever happened to you—could be used for good? Would you believe me? I know life isn’t all rainbows and laughter; I know it’s a journey paved with anguish, hurt and feelings of abandonment. But nothing is …

Are you judging me for working here?

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Our time in the South Bay last weekend was wonderful!  Many of the Treasures team were old faces who had returned after some time.  It was a reunion of relationships, which strengthened the already unified vision of our team to love the women working in the South Bay clubs through gifts.  Every club received us, and 132 gifts later, 132 …

How to Start your own Outreach

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Treasures National Training Los Angeles – March 27 & 28, 2015 ** REGISTRATION Core Training $200 Training + Outreach Experience OR Care Intensive $300 Training + Outreach Experience AND Care Intensive $400 *Introducing the Care Intensive for those that want to get further equipped in providing aftercare to women in the sex industry and victims of sex trafficking. For schedule and …