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Today I’ve brought a guest to share with you her story of survival out of sex trafficking. Jasmine Grace Marino believes God is redeeming her story so she can offer hope and raise awareness of the reality of this in our every day lives.
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Jasmine Grace Marino is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking and was in “the life” for eight years. She believes God is redeeming her story to offer hope to other women caught in the snares of exploitation and to raise awareness of this issue by using her voice to tell her story at schools, colleges, churches and conferences. She believes education about this issue can help prevent and abolish it.
Jasmine has worked at prevention organizations as a mentor and group facilitator to at risk youth girls. She has also been a passionate advocate for women at a residential safe home. In 2015, she had the privilege of speaking at two sides events at the United Nations in New York.
In her work with these agencies and at speaking engagements, it became clear that people are deeply impacted by hearing her testimony of survival, faith and victory. This impact has been felt by other silent survivors, as well as justice-seekers and direct service providers. Those who were previously uneducated on the issue of human trafficking have risen up to support Jasmine and other agencies actively working to abolish modern-day slavery. Lastly, she has founded an outreach ministry called Bags of Hope where she gives practical needs to vulnerable women living on the streets or in programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
She is also the author ofThe Diary of Jasmine Grace. Trafficked. Recovered. Redeemed. This book is unique, as she goes through old diary entries from when she was trafficked. But offers hope and a new perspective from the present day reflections.
Find Jasmine on her website, Facebook, and check our her ministry below!
Bags of Hope is an outreach ministry out of the Emmanuel Gospel Center that Jasmine founded as a way to reach out in a practical way to vulnerable women living on the streets or in programs throughout the Boston area. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope Ministries is driven by the community. Many different groups of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured, loved by Jesus, and that we are here to help.
Our goal is to bring awareness as well as provide basic needs to these women. What many do not know is that homeless women are not just victims of poor decisions but often times are victims of unforeseen circumstances. Many have been traumatized, victimized and suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse. There are resource cards in every Bag to let them know, there is another way. And that they can have Hope because, if Jasmine can make it off the streets and find a New Life – So can they.
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