- Jessa is a young girl. She is 10 years old when she ran away from home.
- She goes to relative’s house but gets sent back home to her mother.
- She decided to ran away for real and got to Cebu and worked as a prostitute.
KAMI learned this story of a young girl from Kimyat CutieGat, a disc jockey.
This DJ shares stories of anybody and one these stories is the story of Jessa.
Jessa is a 10 years old girl who ran away from home. At first, she goes to an uncle’s house but gets sent back to her mother in the province. Once she got sent back to her mother, her uncle inflicted pain to her so she decided to ran away for real.
She went to Cebu and worked as a pimp for prostitutes. Later on, she became a prostitute herself but none of her earnings are saved. It is because she takes narcotics, liquor and cigarettes.
In 2010, Jessa is already 13 years old. A nun visited in their area and handed rosary beads. She was one of the girls the nun talked to. The nun invited her to visit her formation house in the southern area. Jessa replied that she will think about it and text her once she has decided to visit. The nun told her that she will wait until she is ready to visit.
When the nun left, another group of priests, nuns and brothers visited. They gave away condoms for protection from their customers. There was a social worker with them but kept it a secret to them. Jessa was one of the individuals invited to their cener. The center offers free accommodation, use of bathrooms and free food. So Jessa decided to come with them. She used the amenities and later on, left to work for the night.
She got fed up with her work and decided to stay in the center near the Southern area of Cebu. She stayed there for a year but went out again to work in the city.
Later on, she went to an NGO center and started a new life there. At first she was hesitant to study for she is already 15 years old at that time but the volunteers guided her and she graduated from high school through ALS.
Now, she works at a coffee shop. She earns more than the minimum wage. She is in good terms with her family as well.
Also, she volunteers for the NGO center that made her start a new life. She shares her previous experiences and hardships in life to youngsters who are in need of guidance.
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