Rescue: Rocio's Story
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Rocio* was 15 years old when her father passed away. Her mother remarried a man who drank and took his aggression out on those at home. One day when her stepfather was drunk, Rocio went for a walk on the streets and met a young man.
He was the first man to ever say nice words to her.
After being together for only a few days, the young man proposed to Rocio. He asked her to run away with him and get married. This was the opportunity Rocio had been looking for. She said yes and ran away with him to another city, far from home, where they got married.
Tied up at night
During their wedding night, Rocio was raped by her new husband and his friend. The following night, her husband sent her out to prostitute herself and threatened to kill her if she didn’t obey. For 10 years, Rocio was kept naked during the day and tied up in the backyard at night. She became pregnant and had a baby girl named Maranatha.
One day her husband decided they should go to a Christian church on Sundays. He told Rocio not to talk to anyone. If she did, he'd sell her baby, just like he had her. Rocio couldn't understand why God allowed this endless suffering. “Where are you?” she asked the Lord often.
Finally, she found an escape. One day her husband was so drunk that Rocio escaped with her five-year-old daughter. She ran until she found a small town, but nobody there would help her.
She started collecting plastic bottles to gain money to feed her child. Rocio decided to find her sister, but her father-in-law found her instead. He offered to help her take care of Maranatha while Rocio collected plastic bottles.
Life gets harder
Life seemed better until one day Rocio noticed that Maranatha was sad and only wanted to take long showers. And she had started wetting the bed. Rocio asked Maranatha what was wrong. The girl confessed that her grandfather was touching her inappropriately; he had threatened to take her to her father if she told Rocio.
Rocio was so angry she took Maranatha to her sister in case her father-in-law tried to take her away. "The next day, Rocio talked to my friend, who used to buy plastic bottles from her," shared Lety, a worker with a Freedom Challenge-supported ministry in Mexico. "She asked for help, and my friend called me. Since that day, the Dreams Ministry has been helping Rocio build a new life."
"We want to empower women through education and exercising their human rights," says Lety. "We want them to know how valuable they are. We provide art therapy and counseling. We also try to meet their emotional and psychological needs.”
The Dreams team connects with these women by reaching out to girls working as prostitutes on the streets.
"Thank God Rocio's husband was caught by the police and is now in prison,” shares Lety. “I was able to give therapy to Rocio and her daughter, and we helped her find a church and psychologist who could follow up with her. She got married again and has a baby boy. She's still collecting plastic bottles and selling them to get money. But soon I hope to visit her again to help with her next step: to empower her to develop her own small business."
Rocio’s life has been transformed thanks to supporters like you.
Now, Rocio and her children can experience what it means to be free. We want so many more women, living in desperate circumstances, to know this hope. Your support changes lives.
Your gift of $50 can help provide gifts & literature for women who are trapped in brothels and prostitution.
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*Indicates that name has been changed for security