Sex Trafficking, Prostitution, and Faith An evening with Pam Vessels
6:30 to 8:30 PM
Church of the Crossroads, Weaver Hall,
1212 University Ave.
Harm Reduction Hawaii is pleased to present an evening with the Rev. Pam Vessels on Thursday the 16th of January at the Church of the Crossroads. The Rev. Vessels will talk about her years of work with persons in the sex trades. As a newly ordained Baptist minister Pam came to Hawaii in the early 1980’s and found her calling working as the “condom lady” for the Waikiki Health Center. She walked the streets for ten years offering support and friendship to Hawaii’s street walkers in Waikiki andelsewhere. Her ministry of “walking with women” included creating a newsletter, setting up events for socializing, and offering practical advice. For five years she also ran Hale Ho’omaka (the home for the rebirth of women) providing what was the first residential facility for persons wishing to exit sex work. This was a ministry of the First Christian Church, to which she had been ordained in the1990’s.
In addition to her ministry to sex workers, the Rev. Vessels served as Kahu of the UCC congregation in Kalaupapa, and as associate pastor of the First Christian Church Honolulu.
Pam’s talk will discuss the complexities of the sex trades and how knowledge is gained from listening to real lived experiences. She will share many stories that illustrate points and help one gain perspective. We will open up the discussion on the current interest in sex trafficking and rescue shown by many faith organizations and how persons of faith can best make a difference.
We very much hope your church or organization will wish to have people join us. Please respond if you expect to do so to tracyar[at]hawaiiantel.net . If you’d like to suggest questions asked by the moderator before we open up the general discussion please feel free to send them along.
Parking is available in the church parking lots behind the banyan tree.
Paid parking may also be available at the Varsity lot entered from Coyne Street.
Sponsored by Harm Reduction Hawaii and the Church of the Crossroads
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