NightCare is more than a place of physical rest for the babies of sex workers overnight. It is a place of mental rest, peace, and hope. NightCare is setting these babies up for a better life and working towards ending the cycle of the sex industry. Read More»
NightCare: Ending the Cycle of the Sex Industry
Written by: McKenzie Thompson, Communications and Logistics Coordinator
NightCare is more than a place of physical rest for the babies of sex workers overnight. It is a place of mental rest, peace, and hope. NightCare is setting these babies up for a better life and working towards ending the cycle of the sex industry.
“If I had this type of support when I was a child, I would not be living this hell.”
These are the words of Adhi’s mother, Ani, a sex worker who sends her baby girl to NightCare. Tearing up, she told us she was thankful that Saving Moses shows her daughter love and affection. If only Ani had had the same type of care as a young girl.
Ani grew up with parents who dreamed of giving her a good life. They tried to provide her with everything she needed and wanted. They wanted her to grow up, be successful, and have a joyful life. However, one day, sorrow filled their happy home when Ani’s mother died after suffering from an unknown disease. At the young age of 7, Ani’s life had drastically changed, and little did she know, it would get worse.
After her mother’s death, Ani’s father remarried. They were poor, and access to food was scarce. Because of that, Ani’s father arranged her marriage at just 12-years-old. Ani’s life took a turn for the worst after moving into her mother-in-law’s house. Her mother-in-law and husband began severely abusing her, making her life unbearable. Then, Ani soon realized she was pregnant. She thought maybe if she had a baby boy, her fate would change, and her husband would no longer abuse her but be happy instead. However, though she had a baby boy, her life did not get any better.
Ani knew she had to flee her current situation if she was ever going to have a better life.
She finally decided to leave her husband and flee with her baby to a different city to search for a job where she could support her baby boy. One evening on her journey, exhausted from traveling, she decided to sit down and rest. She fell asleep and woke up to no sign of her baby. Someone kidnapped him. Horrifically, this situation is not uncommon.
Babies and toddlers are often kidnapped while their mothers work on the streets as sex workers.
After losing her baby, she was sold into a brothel where her landlady kept her locked in a room, never allowed to leave. One night, her landlady’s son, Sentu, came into Ani’s room at the brothel. That’s when Ani became pregnant with Adhi. Sentu did not and has never taken responsibility for his daughter, and yet again, Ani is left to do this alone. She is still a sex worker but is doing everything she can to keep Adhi from living this hell.
It breaks our hearts to hear stories like these. Many mothers we work with were destined for a life in sex work from the time they were born. In this region, being born into a family of sex work, poverty, or no educational opportunities means you have minimal options for how you are going to support your family. Like Ani said, if she had NightCare as a child, she would not have lived the hell that she did.
Our hope with NightCare is that babies like Adhi, who attend, will not grow up to endure the same hardships of their mothers or become like the men who abuse their mothers. Nighttime is when these babies are most vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, or neglect. NightCare prevents further abuse from happening, helps babies heal from past trauma, allows them to thrive and be a kid, and ultimately prepares them for the future.
Crying, Ani told us, “I am surprised and thankful to Saving Moses. They are providing a safe, tenable place for brothel children.” It is hard for some women in this area to trust that people want to protect their babies. It’s surprising to them when they hear that a facility exists to do just that! Ani said, “My daughter is growing in a safe place and getting nutritious food, as well as getting love and affection from the nannies! I expect from my heart, long live Saving Moses!”
We agree, Ani. Long Live Saving Moses! Please help us end the cycle of the sex industry by donating today.
Learn more about NightCare HERE
Written by Saving Moses Communication’s Coordinator, McKenzie Thompson
The news about the global COVID-19 outbreak spread almost as fast as the virus itself, but several questions were left unanswered. Where did it originate? When will it be over? Will I lose my job? Questions like these have flooded the minds of people all over the world, and in a time of uncertainty such as this, it’s easy to get scared or worried.
This virus has affected millions of people’s health and their businesses, jobs, educations, graduations, vacations, weddings, and so much more. This pandemic has hugely inconvenienced me, as well. It’s disappointing and discouraging for all of us. We have all been affected in different ways that deserve attention and warrant valid emotions regarding the effects of COVID-19. Still, I want us to take a second and look at this through the eyes of the world’s most vulnerable population.
I can’t stop thinking about the babies and toddlers around the world who are suffering every day of their lives, pandemic or not. I think about the little ones whose mothers work in the sex industry as their only means of providing. The babies who go to work with their mothers in brothels, get left at home alone, roam the streets with the possibility of being stolen until their mother returns, or stay with an abusive neighbor or family member. That is the life they’re used to but add a global pandemic on top, and it becomes even more of an unimaginable living condition.
Since the mothers in the sex industry are not able to work during this time, they are left even more vulnerable than before, with no money to buy everyday essentials for themselves, let alone their babies. No income, combined with no healthcare access, makes it extremely hard to survive in general, but nearly impossible with this pandemic. The virus is more likely to transmit in brothels and slums, so even after the curve lowers, there will be a prolonged waiting time for the mothers to return to work.
If a mother can’t provide for herself, she can’t provide for her children. Those babies living in a prominent red-light district are relocating to their relatives’ places, which increases the risk of abuse, neglect, or trafficking. What is the right answer? What happens to these families?
Saving Moses’ whole mission is to provide care where the need is most urgent, and the help is least available. We know how vulnerable the babies who attend our NightCare centers are, so when this pandemic hit, we knew we had to do more. They can always get food, formula, clean clothes, a bed, and more at NightCare, but when the social distancing rules took effect, a temporary plan had to be put in place to combat these new obstacles.
We are now providing mothers and their babies with Care Boxes that include essential items such as diapers, formula, food, and soap. Throughout the week, mothers [or fathers] bring their babies to our centers to get their Care Box. Upon arrival, the NightCare nannies meet them at the door with masks on, take their temperature, and sanitize their hands. Then, they hand them a FREE Care Box with all the items they need to make their lives a little easier. We have seen such a positive reaction from the mothers regarding the impact of these Care Boxes.
One mother told us…
“Thank you, Saving Moses, for providing free food, milk, diapers, vitamins, soap, shampoo, and other supplies to my baby during this time of desperate need. Because of the impact of COVID-19, I have no work or money to buy food for my baby. Without this organization, I don’t know what or where I would be now.”
This somehow breaks and warms my heart at the same time. I have a job, a safe place to sleep, and food to eat. There are millions of mothers and babies who struggle every day to find shelter. I had to see this through their perspective to fully empathize with them about the horrible effects of this virus.
Saving Moses sees them. They aren’t left behind or forgotten.
Saving Moses goes into the places where many others won’t and restores hope in the lives of so many. We see that every day when babies come running into our centers with smiles on their faces and can rest peacefully in their little beds, knowing they are safe for the night.
If you’re looking for ways to make a difference in this challenging time, please consider donating $25 for a Care Box. The mother’s story above is just 1 of several mothers who have been positively impacted by receiving a Care Box. You can be the difference. Start today. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can help.
Written by Saving Moses Communication’s Coordinator, McKenzie Thompson The news about the global COVID-19 outbreak spread almost as fast as the virus itself, but several questions were left unanswered. Where did it originate? When will it be over? Will I lose my job? Questions like these have flooded the minds of people all ... Read More»