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The Magdalene Program Essay

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Therapy, Counseling & Protection Program for former Women Sex SlavesThe Magdalene ProgramThis particular program is unique because its focus is on an extreme subject of former sex workers- women who have been pimped under the heading of 'sex slaves'. They usually start young and are in the position they were in because they trusted a boyfriend, a friend and a husband due to their lot n life – poverty, runaways compounded by low self-esteem that allows for easy control of their persons; their vulnerability were exploited. Women who were smuggled into the country promised with a better life ending up in the sex trade, teenagers tricked into prostitution and drug dependencies, wives traded by their husband’s monetary gain. The connotation of slaves explains the nature of their position. At the time when they were active in the sex trade, they were powerless to do anything about it. Whatever their restraints, physical, emotional, chemical, social – they had no choice other than uncertainty, fear or to look the other way and take all the abuse that comes with being a slave worker comes with the faintest hope of survival/rescue, a lot like the infamous 'comfort women' the Japanese took for the purposes of sex when they invaded and captured much of Asia during WW2. They picked the most attractive local women from the captured populace and kept them in a sort of common 'harem' for their soldiers. Up till now, the scars of many of said comfort women haven't healed and it has taken a while for the Japanese government to recognize said abuses.This program is run not by a halfway home but by a Christian Charity. Spiritual healing contributes much to overall therapy and influences much of the emotional, physical and mental aspect. The charity believes that the tenets of faith will enable these women to fight their demons and rebuild themselves. Just to make sure however they also employ licensed clinicians and therapists to oversee the more 'expert' and clinical aspects of it. All expenses are paid for by the charity and they are supported by varied donors – personal and corporate. The program is located in Santa Barbara, California although the women are from all over the United States. They came from similar social welfare programs ran by Christian churches all over the country and usually, their cases displayed extensive experience of violence, abuse and trauma – qualifying them to be sent to this special center whose exact name and location are classified to protect the women. The data though as well as results are distributed throughout the participating charities, corporate and personal donors as well as concerned state and federal agencies. Some of the women are under police protection due to the fact that they've pledged to turn state witness against their 'captors', big business prostitution gangs and cabals who find it, pursuant to their interest, to have said women disposed of.The Therapy ProgramThere are 3 components...

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