The factors underlying and surrounding the huge Thai sex industry are many and complex. The Well brings a holistic, multi-pronged approach to this immense need. Our efforts include broad-based education, trauma and addiction recovery, community connections, parenting classes, and job creation. Our ultimate mission goes beyond reaching individual women and into equipping Thai people to address the problem.
Intake and Assessment
A woman joins The Well either as a result of direct outreach to red-light areas or through word-of-mouth referral.
In her first few days she is thoroughly assessed for physical, emotional and social health, and after an orientation period, is placed either in the full-time recovery program or in work-study. If she is coming in with a nursing baby, she will care for her baby while participating in daily activities, until daycare is arranged.
If she is unable to work and manage her life due to trauma disorder, she will spend time in the recovery unit, a safe, healing environment that provides therapeutic activities and counseling. Activities include art, music, movement (e.g. yoga, zumba), support groups, and classes on basic life skills. She will do low-stress but interesting work such as greeting card and jewelry assembly and baking.
If she doesn’t need dedicated recovery, she will begin focusing on career development, either planning her own business or developing employable skills. She will then focus on vocation approximately 30 hours per week, with about 10 hours of classes and therapeutic activities. Her work will provide 50-90% of her income. The Well provides a stipend to make up the rest of her need.
If she develops a solid track record in work and study, she is offered a position leading others. This may be as a work supervisor or other manager, teaching classes, mentoring others, outreach or other outside ministry.
If she completes high school equivalency, she may be offered financial assistance to attend vocational school, college or university.