Onalaska ministry working to put brakes on human trafficking

Maggie Rabe could see her husband Parker’s lanky basketball frame silhouetted against the glaring neon lights that hung garishly over the bars of Bangkok. Sidestepping though the crush of crowds on the walkway, they worked their way through the carnival-like scene that stretched the length of a football field. Groups of young women gathered salaciously at the bar-doors, their shrill voices hawking the latest offerings.

The Rabes head-up Apex, a college-age ministry based out of First Free Church in Onalaska. The international side of their work, however, includes leading outreach teams to Southeast Asia. Along with their interpreter, their mission this day is to rescue trafficked women in one of Bangkok’s notorious red-light districts, and Parker was the bait.

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