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A ministry to prostitutes in the capitol city of Bamako (1.5 million pop.) was started in 2004 by Rev. Yiranou Traore and his wife, along with a Dutch worker, Carina Saarloos.
Widows who have been abandoned by their extended families and girls as young as fourteen can be found prostituting themselves at the bus station in the center of town. Carina Saarloos with the help of her Malian staff visit the girls, share the good news and offer them a way out of their destructive lifestyle through enrolling them into a vocational training program that is offered at the Rahab Center. An average of fifteen girls meet weekly at the Center where they are discipled, offered literacy and life-skills classes and taught a trade to support themselves.