Dickey in Mumbai to help end sexual exploitation

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“But we think we’ve been even more blessed by his daughters,” Varghese said. “Just to see innocent girls loving our girls and playing with them with no inhibitions, it’s just been a real joy for us to see and experience. There are friendships that have come through this despite how different their backgrounds are.

“Today the girls were in our feeding truck serving food to those who are coming from the street, just watching that was a sight to see.”

While estimates of sex trafficking in India vary, most studies put the number at more than a million children involved in the country’s sex trade.

Dickey was asked how can one measure success in the face of such grim statistics.

“If the organization rescues one human life from that hell, then it’s done its job in some way,” Dickey said. “You’re talking over the last 23 years over 1,000 lives being rescued, given a second chance to have a life, rescuing children, people who were left for dead on doorsteps of these brothels…

“The women who had been trafficked into prostitution, dying in hospitals with their children by their bed, here’s the Bombay Teen Challenge with a relationship in place to be able to take in and care for these children.

“How do you measure success? I think it’s one life at a time.”

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