Jaime Hindman wants to rescue strippers from the horrifying abuse she also suffered
Feeling unloved by her broken family led Jaime Hindman to become a nightclub stripper, but now love motivates her to reach out to strippers whose experiences of rape and sexual assault have often lead to drug addictions.
Backed by a team of volunteers, many from a similar background, Jaime visits strip clubs in Orange County, California to offer the strippers gift bags of makeup, candy and Christian tracts.
"Who is going to go back and love these girls? Someone's gotta do it," Jaime said in an interview with USA's ABC News.
Seeing as she was, as her website notes, "broken, lost, neglected and abused" Jaime says the dancers often appreciate being cared about by someone who has been where they are.
She took up stripping at age 19 as her way of seeking love in the wake of her parent's divorce.
Just a child when her parents split up, Jaime says on her website Divineoc.com that her wounded and emotionally distant mother developed a "devastating personality disorder" and began telling lies about her father.
"I was lead to believe my dad was a selfish deadbeat, who did not care that his children feared being without food and shelter."
These lies, Jaime says, "ultimately led me to feel so badly about myself that I started to self-destruct.
"My life began to spiral out of control once I entered this very dark world. I was raped and sexually assaulted multiple times. I chose abusive boyfriends. All the money I made in that industry was spent on either drugs to survive or given away because I felt the money was dirty and I didn't deserve it."
Her ministry, Divine, cites a revealing statistic that 73% of prostitutes have been raped more than five times and more than 60% of women in the industry were sexually abused in their childhood.
"I stayed in the industry for three years," Jaime says, "feeling hopeless, numb and wanting to die until God came in to that strip club and changed my life."
Jaime does not reveal how God intervened, but says she put her trust in Jesus Christ, after she learned that He died so her sins could be forgiven.
"Thankfully," she shares, "today I know I have a God that loves me so much that He would come down [from heaven] and rescue me from myself.
"He [Jesus Christ] taught me how to love myself because He loved me."
Not everything was healed instantly though, as she admitted to the ABC: "I lived in shame of [my former lifestyle], for 10 years, and it still destroyed me, because I had no one to talk to about it, and I felt like people would be disgusted by who and what I was in the past."
Through her church and Christian friends, who she calls her spiritual family, Jaime says she was shown "the healthy love I desired so much growing up", which enabled her to heal.
The memories of her childhood have also been healed.
"God has allowed me to see the truth with my parents," she shares. "He has helped me to better understand the stories about my dad that were actually just lies from a wounded ex-wife."
Because she knows Jesus Christ, Jaime says she knows "unconditional love and an endless amount of hope".
Through her Divine ministry, Jaime says on her website that she is going back to the strip clubs to bring "hope, love, and encouragement to the women who are still lost and hurting in that dark world" and to show these women that "they are valued, worthy, cherished and beautifully made".
Jaime hopes they will know "the amazing freedom that only God can bring".
"As He heals all of the pain and despair I have experienced, He teaches me that all the pain in my life will never be wasted, and He will use it for good to help others," she adds.
One of her favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 5, verse 17: "Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!"•