Across the globe there are girls who will one day lead nations, if only we afford them the chance to choose their own destinies. - President Barack Obama
WOMEN AND MEN: SAVE THIS DATE FOR A CUT OR STYLE
Help Lisa Esser save the lives of young girls
Sunday, January 26 between noon and 4 PM
Loveland, Oh. - Lisa Esser said her heart was wrecked when she first heard folks from Destiny Rescue talk about the young children enslaved in the global sex trade. She said her heart tugged until she realized she had a skill that could save the lives of some of the children. Lisa is a hair stylist, and her connection to the work of Destiny Rescue became clear when she heard that one of the ways the girls can break free of the bondage is by becoming hair stylists - in their own salon. Employment opportunities and vocational training outside of prostitution can provide the daily needs required to be integrated back into society successfully; and out of the poverty that makes so many of these children, both boys and girls so vulnerable.
Last summer Lisa took her broken heart across the world to Thailand, and faced the evil she had heard about. Every time she recounts what she saw, she chokes back tears... and has to force words to describe what she found. The pain returns, and she knows it will return each time she tells her story, yet she does not shy from it. And, she is still remains equally emotional when she talks about how the work she is doing has the capacity to change lives. She has also seen the brighter side, first hand. Her heartache, though painful as it is for her, has led to a nationwide effort to raise money and awareness, so that as many people as she can reach, can help her save the lives of the desperate young girls that have become a commodity, and in some instances raped on a daily, often hourly, basis.
Two years ago, Esser organized a Destiny Rescue Cut-a-Thon that raised $5,000 at the West Chester location where she works. In addition that day, about $5,000 worth of jewerly that was made by former sex slaves was also sold. That success, and Esser's persistence in raising awareness at Salon Loft's corporate headquarters, has led to cut-a-thons at multiple Salon Lofts around the country on Sunday, January 26 between noon and 4 PM.
Esser, a Loveland resident, hair stylist, and fine art painter, was interviewed in her Loveland art studio. Last summer, she spent two weeks in Thailand and entered one of the deepest and darkest places of evil on earth in Pattaya, the "Walking Street" of sex tourism, slavery, massage parlors, brothels, and strip clubs. Esser said Pattaya is known as the "sex-cation" capital of the world where there are over 20,000 brothels. Esser said that Destiny Rescue estimates that there are an estimated 1.2 million children trafficked each year. She said, "It's the fastest growing crime in the world."
Esser also visited Destiny Rescue homes in Thailand, and got to know some of the girls that have been rescued. She fights back sobbing when she tells of being on the Walking Street one night and the next night seeing how things should be. "That was amazing to go through what we did the night before, and then walk into a rescue home and see these girls so bright eyed and so full of life when we didn't see that the night before." She described going through walking street as real life walking dead.
Salon Lofts' cut-a-thon hopes to raise money and awareness for Destiny Rescue. Destiny Rescue is a non-profit organization, "That rescues children from trafficking, restores and gives hope for a better future for these children rescued, and so much more."
Book your appointment on-line at www.Salonlofts.com with a hairdresser involved in the event that day. "We will be taking walk-ins, "said Esser. "You may just stop in and hang out and make a donation at the salon or on-line where you can check out the organization at www.destinyrescue.org." The hairdressers are donating all proceeds to Destiny Rescue.
Esser spoke about Ohio being the worst state in the U.S. for human trafficking crimes, and specifically mentioned Cleveland and Toledo because of the international waterways that traffickers use. The mission of the Salon Lofts cut-a-thon is to raise money to rescue the girls, support the safe houses, and raise awareness of what is going on globally, and right here in Ohio and the interstate highways near Loveland, Ohio.
This Loveland Magazine Video is from 2013 before Esser traveled to Thailand
"There's just got to be something I can do," she remembered saying to herself.
David Grant on how to rescue kids from sex trade
David talks about posing as a customer.
David tells the story of going into brothels around the world, rescuing girls from the sex trade. He talks about how it is done - and why.
"For us, yes it is pretty dangerous work."
"For the guys who are doing it full time, they are willing to die for these kids. Because the kids sometimes are forced to service twenty men a day."
"There is a desperate need for us to go in and get them out."