I recently spent some time with Dr. Neil, a friend of ours that cares for AIDS patients in Freedom Park, a squatter camp that we visit once a week. We were discussing the situation in Freedom Park and talking about the cycle of poverty there.
The video below gives you a small glimpse into the poverty and desperation that a woman with AIDS finds herself in after she has had several kids with several husbands/boyfriends and now finds herself with AIDS and no way out.
I remember the day a few years ago when it occurred to me that these women sell themselves not out of a love of debauchery and immorality, but out of a desperate struggle to feed themselves and their children. These women often have such a hopeless and helpless spirit, that only the love of Christ can rescue them.