Although prostitution is illegal in the Philippines, an estimated 800,000 women and girls are affected. Poverty, unemployment, and poor socio-economic prospects make them easy victims of traffickers – who force them into prostitution. Especially in times of crisis, the number of victims increases.
Alex Kuhlow, founder of Threads of Hope, Inc., and his wife, Chris, have been missionaries in the Philippines since 1998. While serving as boarding home parents for Faith Academy in Manila, they would spend their time off down at Puerto Galera, Mindoro. This is where it all began.