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Stories of foreign human trafficking told through dance
Encounters of Hope to performance interpretive dance Oct. 24 at Brenau Downtown Center
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Encounters of Hope interpretative dance
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24
Where: Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main St. SW, Gainesville
Cost: $15 adults and $12 for students with ID: $35 adults with T-shirt and $32 students
More info: www.rahabsrope.com

True tales from the Far East will make their way to Gainesville through Encounters of Hope, an interpretive dance performance in conjunction with Rahab’s Rope and Chaddah Dance Company.

The performance will showcase real stories of coerced prostitution, “and a few child marriages, of girls 8 or 9 (years old),” Rahab’s Rope founder Vicki Moore said.

Rahab’s Rope seeks to rescue women and girls who have been forced into prostitution or sex-trafficking by giving them a skill or trade to better their lives. The ministry also establishes safe houses in the middle of red-light districts, where human trafficking is the most prevalent, to be close to the women they help.

The performance will share stories originating from India primarily, but a few come from Nepal and Bangladesh as well. Dances will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Brenau Downtown Center at 301 Main St. SW in Gainesville.

Tickets are $15 for adults, and $12 for high school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased at www.rahabsrope.com, in store at Rahab’s Rope on the square in Gainesville or at the door the night of the event.

T-shirts with the Encounters of Hope logo will be sold for $25. A ticket and shirt combo cost $35 for adults and $32 for students.

All profits will fund a new vocational program in the red-light district of Mumbai, India.

The performance developed the “Encounters of Hope” name “because every woman we meet is an encounter for hope,” Moore said, emphasizing “for hope.”

She explained the hope is to get out of a harsh, abusive environment and gain a better quality of living. By Rahab’s Rope training the women and girls to sew, embroider, paint fabric and make jewelry, they can financially support themselves for a better life.

Increasing their income not only raises their economic class, but helps give the women and girls a better social standing. That is a difficult feat in India where a rigid caste system is still in place, Moore said.

Rescuing women out of the fastest growing industry in the world is the main goal of Encounters of Hope.

Moore encourages people to come for two reasons.

“To learn more about trafficking and to compel people to get involved,” she said.

Opportunities to donate of their time and money will be available at the performance.

Along with Rahab’s Rope, four other local organizations are focused on helping similar causes.

Gateway Domestic Violence Center in Gainesville aids victims of domestic violence in escaping bad situations and get back on their feet. Rape Response acts as a educational and support system for those who have been sexually assaulted.

Choices Pregnancy offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and other pre- and postnatal care through its clinic. It also provides education for options with a pregnancy, from adoption and single parenting to marriage.

Beautiful Feet ministers care and love to women who are forced into prostitution against their will, and seeks to rescue them from those situations.

Moore’s desire is people will leave “with awareness of trafficking, and the abuse of women and children locally and internationally,” and be moved to make a difference in the Gainesville and the global community.

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