Jesus & strippers

"Jesus & strippers" Continued...

Issue: "Africa, Inc.," Oct. 10, 2009

Melissa soon quit her job. She and that man recommitted their lives to Christ and got engaged. They've been married for 10 years, but she says she has a hard time not treating him like a customer, still putting that distance in their relationship. She's working with Treasures and its over-seeing church, Oasis, to heal. Her eyes filled with tears more than once as she talked and watched the neon-lit clubs pass in the night.

But one club didn't have its lights on-it had closed since the last time the Treasures women had visited. One woman nodded. "That's good." In the early hours of the morning, Dust left the clubs to return home to her sleeping husband and 1-year-old daughter.
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I Am a Treasure

Vision: To reach women who are working in the sex industry of Los Angeles. "Our desire is that these women would experience the breaking of chains and healing of wounds through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

Reach: Treasures women visit 150 strip clubs in Los Angeles every year.

Budget (2007): $60,000

What's next: Harmony Dust hopes to open a residential program for women, because leaving the sex industry often requires an entire lifestyle change.

Emily Belz
Emily Belz

Emily, who has covered everything from political infighting to pet salons for The Indianapolis Star, The Hill, and the New York Daily News, reports for WORLD Magazine from New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.


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