Bringing the Light of Christ to the dark world of Sexual Exploitation
The Breaking Chains family at My Daughters House Nicaragua known as the Garden.
In cooperation with the Nicaragua federal police human trafficking team and several agencies from the US govt we partnered to bring charges against an American citizen and his female Nicaraguan accomplices. It is believed he has been raping children as young as 8 for several years now using the local woman to lure them to his house where he drugs them and then abuses them in the worst of ways. He and his accomplices are being charged based on testimony and physical evidence of crimes totaling 91 years of prison time. We expect that number to grow exponentially as the forensic team continues to dissect his digital media. The bad news is that Nicaragua has a maximum sentence of 30 years but the good news is he is in his 60's and charges in additional countries are coming as well. His days of preying on innocent children are over. The estimates is that there are more than 200 known victims. Once the news breaks the story we will provide additional information...we now pray for his family who are innocent yet who will suffer the consequences of his actions and ask that you pray for the 100's of victims who have yet to be identified and lack the help needed to find healing from this serial abuser.
12/2012 update..the new micro business segment of Breaking Chains is fully operational and the daughters are not only earning what they needed to leave the streets but God is blessing them in abundance. One of the daughters is earning 30-70 USD a day which is more than 7X the avg wage in Nicaragua..We also held the 2012 Christmas extravaganza which was truly dreams come true...see the link here http://breakingchains.ning.com/page/christmas-2012-garden
In May of 2012 the Lord opened the door for us to continue our expansion to all of Latin America by serving in Nicaragua. We will be co-laboring with several native ministries/churches that are doing great work to rescue and restore victims of sexual exploitation. The Lord has led us to give birth to a new ministry here and a new holistic 90 day program that teaches these victims who Christ is, what Christians believe and how we are to serve our Lord, part of the program is individually tailored to let the Holy Spirit lead them to freedom from their pasts which we believe is the gift of new life in Christ, finally when they graduate we help them to launch a small business of their own with the goal of providing a dignified income to support their families. A big part of our program is to teach them to become fishers of other woman who are still living as slaves in sexual exploitation. We believe there is no greater testimony than 1 who has in Christ overcome this life. The fact that they are native and can speak from experience negates the effect of the woman on the street seeing North Americans who they often feel are only there to provide a hand out type solution.
The Garden our mission base in Nicaragua is open and operational thank God..what we are witnessing is an overflowing of the Spirit of God in these woman who have been rescued from the depths of hell and are finding salvation and healing in Christ. Our greatest expectations are being blown away as the Lord is breaking chains and turning the least of these into champion fishers of men.
The driving force behind what is happening and in particular in the healing process where they find freedom in Christ is seen below.
Sexual Exploitation of Children: The law prohibits adults from promoting or participating in child prostitution, but it remained a problem. Several NGOs reported that sexual exploitation of young girls was common, as was the prevalence of older men (including foreigners) who exploited young girls under the guise of providing them support. Penalties include four to 10 years in prison for a person who entices or forces a child under age 12 to engage in sexual activity, and one to five years in prison for the same acts involving persons between the ages of 12 and 18. The law defines statutory rape as sexual relations with children who are 13 or younger, and there is no law prohibiting prostitution by juveniles 14 years of age or older. The NNP reported 500 cases of statutory rape and aggravated statutory rape during the year. A June study by the CSJ Institute for Forensic Medicine found that in cases of rape of a minor, persons known to the victim committed 88 percent of the rapes.
The law also prohibits promoting, filming, or selling child pornography, and the government generally enforced this law. The penalty for an individual convicted of inducing, facilitating, promoting, or using a minor younger than 16 for sexual or erotic purposes, or forcing such a person to watch or participate in such an act is five to seven years in prison. If the victim is older than 16 but under 18, the penalty is reduced to four to six years in prison.
The country was a destination for child sex tourism. There were anecdotal reports of child sex tourism in the Granada, Rivas, and Managua Departments. However, there were no officially reported cases during the year. The law imposes a penalty of five to seven years in prison for convicted child sex-tourism offenders