On a road trip across the state, three friends stopped for gas. With limited money for food, one of the girls decided to sell herself to truckers to pick up some extra cash for gas. She was left beaten behind the gas station with several broken bones. Healing was slow, but the bruises and scars faded, and the bills piled up.
Finally, Jennifer found a man who wanted to marry her. In the spring ofJennifer found herself sitting across from two neatly dressed women.
Jennifer had spent the last twelve years doing cocaine and had recently tried prostituting herself to pay for food. Prostitution was an easy way to make money under the table.
The withdrawals would start within a few hours. Instead of jail, the cops had taken her to a house where two ladies immediately hugged her in her street clothes, and then fed her. He wanted to give her something that she had never been offered before: a chance to escape. In the months leading up to the arrest, Investigator Buckley had heard a sermon at his church about Jesus rescuing an adulterous woman from being stoned.
Buckley suddenly found himself in a unique situation. He had the perfect occupation to find prostitutes and the approval of the new police chief, Chief Julian Wiser, to create a new program to rescue prostitutes. The first path was the easiest.
Clients were only an online ad and a text message away. It involved living at the Care Center for six months with dozens of other homeless and convicted women, following the rules of a large, bald man with an intimidating persona—Nathan Young, the director of the Care Center.
Jennifer was introduced to two other prostitutes who had chosen to participate in the Scarlet Rope Project. With their encouragement and over time, Jennifer discovered that Young was not what he seemed. She moved into the Care Center and began the process of understanding how to feel after years of hardening her heart to prevent feeling abuse and rejection.
Most people think that prostitutes choose to live this lifestyle; however most prostitutes are coerced either physically or financially, said Investigator Buckley.
At the Care Center, Nathan and his wife, Susan, have taken in the homeless, the convicted, and the unwanted for 23 years. Buckley and Currie teamed up with Stone and Young to create the Scarlet Rope Project, but they needed volunteers who were willing to invest time and resources to make the project successful.
Their story is the same as mine. While I may not have sold my body for money, my heart is familiar with guilt.
If I had to choose the path of long days uncovering and remembering my own darkness, I doubt that I would last long. Sitting on the front porch of the Care Center, with Bibles open in their laps and cigarettes hanging from their lips, the women dissect the stories of their lives and dream about a different future.
The Youngs have not only taken in prostitutes for the Scarlet Rope Project, but they have also spent the last two decades taking in women who have been beaten, thrown out, abused, forgotten, and convicted. Nathan peers through their messed-up, dirty lives and sees a potential future.
Women fight to get back their children. The addicted find something else to live for. The homeless find shelter, and the hungry are fed. Young requires the women to fill out job applications, learn how to use the bus, make a budget, do household chores, and learn other life skills. With a front row seat, Young watches hardened criminals learn to love and the homeless and addicted discover their worth. Many of the girls wear a red rope bracelet on their wrists to remind them of who they were and what they can be.
At the Care Center, the girls cling to the story of Rahab, rather than rehab. It was exciting, and I thought that those men really cared about me. On the front porch of the looming, white house on the hill above North Liberty Street, the homeless, the beaten and the immoral are discovering their true worth. He sees what I can be and not who I was.
When he looks at me, he doesn't see me as a prostitute. He sees a person that can raise her children. To know that someone is dreaming for me has given me an unshatterable hope. For more information, or to volunteer for the Craigslist prostitutes Jackson Rope Project, visit their website and Facebook. If you want to know more about being freed from addiction, abuse, or homelessness, call Nathan Young at Proud to be a local Jacksonian, Ginger Williams tried to move away in college, but Jackson has that magnetic quality that pulls you back.
As she lived in the trees, read lots of books, and wrote stories, and not much has changed. Ginger is a writer, a journalist, a volunteer, a homeschool mom, and a marketing associate for Reed Marketing. Her husband Matt and sons Blake and Ethan love living in Jackson and enjoying ice cream at the Old Country Store, soccer at North Park, and being only ten minutes from everything so that they are almost never late. She loves to tell the stories of Jackson so that others will become endeared to the city that she loves.
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