Women get into the sex industry in different ways. Some women are sold into it, while others voluntarily choose it as a way of life. Sandi Savage makes it her business to get women out of the sex industry, regardless of how they got there.
Sandi Savage is the executive director of BeLoved Ministries, an organization she started after finding God and receiving healing from rape, sexual abuse, and drug, alcohol, and porn addictions. Savage had worked for 13 years as a go-go dancer, stripper, and booking agent for adult entertainers. Now, through BeLoved, she provides the connections and healing necessary to help sex workers leave the industry.
Sandi, tell me about the work of your ministry, BeLoved.
BeLoved has a focus of caring for people in the sex industry. We go to Strip Clubs and Porn Conventions and connect with sex industry workers to encourage, support and spur them along in their life and provide them with life resources. I know when I was in the industry, I didn’t feel like I even had anyone to talk to. Sometimes it’s as simple of having a coffee with someone to setting them up with a financial advisor. Our goal is to show the love of Christ without an agenda.
What’s been the greatest challenge for you?
The greatest challenge tends to be walking people through their past hurts from church or the church itself. When you have people picketing, judging, and asking you to change as soon as you finally do get the courage to walk through the church doors, it only causes harm and pushes people away from the love of Jesus.
What’s your favorite part of what you get to do?
Our greatest blessing has to be the amazing stories of redemption we get to hear. You really never know how just a simple act of kindness can affect someones life but we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of women and men who’s lives were changed just from receiving unconditional love.
What’s your advice for women who who like to help women caught in the sex industry?
It is a long term commitment. There are a lot of people who have a heart for the sex industry or that are out there just trying to do some “good works” but that aren’t called to do full time ministry in that arena. “Trafficking” has become such a hot topic that people want to jump on a bandwagon and start non-profits left and right to fight injustice. I think if you are really serious about doing work in this field, find an organization in your area that you would like to work with for at least a year and a half before branching out. Then you can appropriately evaluate if you are really called to put in the long hours, heartbreak and joy that comes with it, and consistency that is needed.