It’s late Friday afternoon in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, a town of about 45,000 located about 25 minutes from Antigua, which is the home base for The God’s Child Project.
As tourists, we are encouraged to walk the streets here, past the doorways where prostitutes stand, waiting for customers but our camera is not welcome. The photographer follows in an unmarked van.
We see girls and boys, one or two per door, and lurking in the shadows behind them are their pimps.
I recently returned from Guatemala where I visited extensively with Patrick Atkinson, founder and Executive Director of The GOD’S CHILD Project and ITEMP – The Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons. I also talked with a beautiful 20-year-old woman who has spent the last four years as a prostitute. She got into it simply because she couldn’t see her way clear to a better life. After our visit, I interviewed Patrick.In this six-minute conversation, he told it like it is, not only for prostitutes and runaways, but for battered women everywhere. He ended with an important message….Monica Hannan via Facebook