Counting the Cost

Here is a great article written by one of our advisers, Steven Procopio, for the Boston Pride Guide 2017. Steven founded the first freestanding program to serve commercially sexually exploited boys and adolescent males in the United States, and highlights some well-informed and expert points that also ring true among boys that have been commercially…

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VIDEO: Sex Is Not A Child’s Play

As part of the Netherlands’ ‘Week Against Child Prostitution’, Dutch organisation Free A Girl have launched this powerful campaign to show how the sordid world of selling sex is the complete antithesis of a child’s world. Imagining they are dolphins, or using them to style their hair, the young girls in the video don’t have…

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“They Almost Killed Me”: Elisa’s Story

Last night, as we do every Thursday, volunteers headed out onto the streets of San Jose to offer assistance to those who were in need of food, drink, clothing, or just somebody to talk to. We encountered 23 people in total: three young people between the ages of 18-23, one 24-29 year old,…

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Human Trafficking Victims Rescued During National Police Operation in Tamarindo

One of Costa Rica’s most popular surfing towns has become the centre of a national operation to rescue victims of human trafficking. After midnight on Saturday, police targeted the bars, restaurants and nightclubs of Tamarindo, Guanacaste during a “Breaking Chains” operation, or Plan Operacional Rompiendo Cadenas (ROCA) in Spanish, that attempts to rescue…

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Thursday Statistics

Last Thursday, as always, Casa Milagro volunteers took to the streets of San Jose. We were able to distribute food, drink and even a sleeping bag (thankyou Rian for the donation!) to twenty people in total. We encountered seventeen people over the age of 30, two people between the ages of 24 and…

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Sexual Violence Against Girls Is A ‘Pandemic’

This week around 400 participants from international organisations, churches and governments came together at the fifth conference for the Global Network of Religions for Children in Panama City to propose ways in which to help the 150 million girls per year that suffer sexual violence. Latin American Director for the NGO Plan International,…

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More Than 21 Million Victims of Human Trafficking In The World Today

A new study from the International Labour Organisation claims that more than 21 million people in the world today are victims of human trafficking and forced labour, working against their will in domestic servitude, prostitution and other unimaginable circumstances. Of the 21 million victims worldwide, 4.5 million are subject to sexual exploitation. To…

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Chepe Bathes! Innovative Way for Homeless to Shower in Costa Rica

A new initiative hopes to turn a bus into a bathroom on wheels in order to provide the homeless population of San José, or Chepe as it is known locally, with somewhere to clean themselves and shower. Chepe se baña, or Chepe bathes, is a project from ProMundo Foundation that, although currently looking…

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Attempted Kidnappings in Escazú and Tres Ríos

Concern is growing among local parents after reports of the attempted kidnapping of small children in Multiplaza Escazú, one of San José wealthiest areas, and the Tres Ríos area in nearby Cartago have surfaced. The reports have alerted a lot of parents as to how quickly and close to us this can happen….

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