THE FLASHLIGHT PROJECT BEGINS
THE PHILIPPINES - JANUARY 2011
The Flashlight Project's founder volunteered in the Philippines in January 2011 with the RENEW Foundation in Angeles City. Angeles is one of the biggest sex tourist destinations in the world, with foreigners coming to have sex with young Filipina women.
With RENEW staff members, she went into the bars and witnessed firsthand the hopelessness of the women there. They danced nightly in their underwear for the male tourists and wore a number pinned to their underwear. The men would choose a woman to have sex with by choosing her number.
"None of the women wanted to be doing this," the founder remembers. "They wanted to be teachers, lawyers, mothers - anything but this. Their self-esteem was wrecked, and they felt despised by society. As time passed, many became more and more cynical about what they could do with their lives."
She spent time talking to women in the bars and also to the women in RENEW's aftercare shelter. "They all wanted to be treated like valuable human beings, and they wanted to be seen as more than just objects in a bar."
After volunteering again for nearly 2 years with women's rights organizations in the Philippines and South Korea, she founded The Flashlight Project. Other people who are just as passionate and committed to empowering women working in the sex industry have joined The Flashlight Project. Members have a diverse background, including in marketing, education, accounting and nonprofits. They work tirelessly to:
Meet with women working in Dallas' erotic massage parlors
Build relationships with the women and increase their self-esteem and sense of acceptance and belonging in society
Show them Jesus Christ's unconditional love and respect
ABOVE ALL, WE BELIEVE THAT EACH WOMAN HAS VALUE AND IS UNIQUE.
IF SHE CAN DREAM HER FUTURE, SHE CAN LIVE IT.