At first glance, the beginning of a preacher’s recent blog post about enlisting sex workers is patently jarring: “Last weekend I hired out some prostitutes for the first time in my life – two young ladies for the whole night.”
While there’s seemingly no limit to the questions and concerns that emerge upon reading that line, the story isn’t at all what most readers would likely assume.
Simon Guillebaud, the author of the piece and a pastor who serves in the southeast African nation of Burundi along with his wife and three children, proceeded to detail the process he recently went through to “hire” the women so that he could take the time to hear their personal stories and offer them a chance to turn their lives around.
It was an act of compassion that, despite its good intentions, still came along with a fair amount of risk, considering his reputation and ministry.
“Because I’m a preacher and didn’t want people to know what I was doing, I asked a trusted friend, Cossette, to hire these women and bring them to a hotel where I would join them,” he wrote. “I also didn’t want an absurdly inflated price because of being white, so she could hopefully negotiate ahead of time a more reasonable fare.”
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