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She ministers to women exploited in the commercial sex trade. Susan Vigliano will now take your questions.

What is Peace Promise?

Peace Promise is a non-profit ministry based at Mechanicsburg (Pa.) BIC Church. We focus on ministering to people being exploited in the commercial sex trade—a beautiful, painful, and fulfilling service to God.

What does Peace Promise do?

In the last year, we have been able to help several women leave a life in the commercial sex trade and begin again. Additionally, we educate high school students and youth groups on the grooming practices of sexual predators and the harmful effects of pornography. Also, in the not-too-distant future, we will launch a pornography addiction support program for churches and community groups, since we have discovered a strong link between pornography, sex addiction, and sex trafficking.

How and when did Peace Promise get its start?

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Peace Promise began in 2008 when one of the founders watched a Dateline television program on the plight of sex slaves. She eventually shared her discovery with her small group. This group developed a strategic plan to capture seeds planted by God for ministry. We prayed together and invited God to lead the way. He has done just that!

How did you personally become involved in Peace Promise?

I signed on with Peace Promise to provide prayer support and to help with administrative details. When the original founder stepped away from the ministry, I assumed it would dissolve; I certainly had no intention of picking up the leadership reigns. But God had other plans. One night, a still, small voice awakened me in a time of prayer: “What would you do if it were your daughter?” I answered, “I’d go get her.” And He responded, “They are all daughters to me.” Sadly, until that moment I had never thought of how deeply God’s heart breaks to see His beautiful daughters being sold for sex. That experience compelled me into a leadership role with the ministry.

What’s one thing most Christians don’t know about sex trafficking in the U.S.?

There are probably many things that Christians don’t know about sex trafficking. For instance, the average age at which individuals are forced into prostitution in the U.S. is 13, and the average life span for someone being exploited through prostitution is seven years. Sex trafficking is a growing, multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry, and only one percent of those involved are ever rescued.

One of the most staggering statistics is that a very high percentage of people being prostituted in the sex industry were at one time in the foster care system. That statistic points to the desperate need for God’s people to answer His call to care for the orphan and to seek justice for the oppressed (James 1:27; Isaiah 1:17).

This article originally appeared in the spring/summer 2015 issue of In Part magazine.

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