[COMMENT: Speaks for itself -- the devastation of
human life when we abandon our Biblical heritage of Godly living.
There is no bottom to this pit. None. And there is no
answer other than Jesus Christ. All other ground is sinking
Powerfully Stunning, Shocking, yet Redemptive Human Trafficking Conference
We Attended Last Weekend
Nassif, founder and President of the
Cedars Cultural and
Education Foundation hosted the recent 7th Annual Preventing
Abuse Conference in Irvine California. We are deeply in
debt to him for his vision and desire to expose, educate and activate a
truly godly response to one of the worst crimes against humanity.
It is estimated
that there are 27 million who are trapped in the bondage of modern day
Family Advocates Phil and Diane Magnan attended with the hope of
upgrading their ongoing education in another area that greatly concerns the
family both nationally and internationally.
HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE WERE GOING TO EXPERIENCE!
starters, we were shown short movie presentations about human trafficking.
These were not theoretical exercises in the visual arts, this was the real
deal. We witnessed law enforcement footage of Mexican women who were
promised work in the
United States only to be
greeted with forced prostitution under the threat of death or torture, in
was a Mexican man who came to the US to earn enough money pay for his
son’s cancer medicine only to be forced into labor with people who paid him
very little money with threats of violence. Thankfully he was rescued by a
local human rights group along with many others and prosecutors put that
slave trade group into prison.
saw the very real horrific story of a young 16 year old Mexican girl who was
kidnapped in the
US to be made a sex slave and
tortured for years. Tragically when she had finally escaped because her
captor rapist was killed, she was falsely accused of murder and found
guilty, spending over 22 years in an American prison. The shear injustice
and atrocity against this woman was beyond words. Eventually, she was
finally released to her family and is working to become a productive member
of American society. Thank God that
U.S. trafficking laws have special
provisions and benefits that can be afforded victims of trafficking.
also saw how young girls in Cambodia were stolen and sold like
cattle to buyers for use in prostitution. These are people who are used
sexually at least 30 times a day. As you might imagine these girls are
suicidal and terribly traumatized for years to come.
were deeply moved by all of these stories and this would have been enough.
But it was just the beginning. What was amazing to us is that we were able
to speak to people who were directly affected by human trafficking. For many
years I have thought that human trafficking was in some other country, only
to be faced with the reality that it has been rampant in the U.S. for many years.
the average nearly 60,000 people are abducted in the U.S. by non-relative people. Take for
instance the story of Noreen Gosch,
whose son, Johnny was abducted in 1982 while doing his paper route.
Witnesses say he was stunned with some kind of gun or needle and put into a
car. To the shock of his mother, local police were grossly unconcerned about
eye witness accounts and did very little to follow up, even in the light of
other children who were missing. She even received anonymous death threats
if she continued to pursue finding her son.
evidence suggested that he was a victim of a pedophile ring led by a number
of local doctors and a judge. One of these people had access to a private
jet. It would be at least 20 years later that his mother would come across
shocking pictures of her son, hogtied and obviously abused. To this day, he
has not been found, but his mother continues to look for leads as to his
whereabouts. We can only begin to feel her immense sense of loss and anger
over these events. We had the privilege of personally hearing Noreen’s
incredible story of loss at the conference. She is responsible for helping
to pass many legislative bills to protect children. Please pray for her and
find out from her organization how
you can work to strengthen trafficking laws in the
Flores of Michigan was there at
this conference to tell us the horrific tale of being used in human
trafficking by people in her own high school. She was interested in a high
school boy who offered to take her on a drive to her house, only to be taken
to another house, drugged and then raped. But the sickening tale didn’t end
there. This guy had friends take pictures of her as she was raped and
threatened to release these shameful pictures to her parents, her priest and
even the entire high school. They told her she could work for them to pay to
get these pictures back, but that was just a lie. They forced her into
having sex with what could only be described as an organized forced
prostitution ring. One night she was taken to a motel and put into a
room full of men and told that they could do anything they wanted to do to
her. They even auctioned her to the highest bidder. After nearly 2 years of
this abuse, under threats of her family being killed she was able to escape
this group. (REMEMBER THIS IS IN THE U.S.)
caused her to not report these events for many years and because of the
Statutes of limitations, this
prostitution ring was never prosecuted!
also listened to Alicia Kozakiewicz who had been lured on the internet by a
person who eventually kidnapped her. She was chained, raped and tortured for
4 days. Thankfully with the help of law enforcement, she was freed. She now
warns people about the fact that internet predators portray themselves as
young people and know how to say all the right things to get impressionable
teens to give up their contact information to abduct them at home or even
meet them in another State.
were also privileged to hear Dr. Judith Reisman who is a world expert on
Alfred Kinsey, the “father of the sexual revolution” whose studies in sex
profoundly changed the moral landscape of America, even though his research was
built on lies. It was gravely unsettling to see that part of his research
included the sexual abuse of children including infants to obtain data on
Reisman has served three Presidential administrations and clearly showed the
profound destructive nature of sex outside of marriage, pornography and the
pedophilia movements in
OK, SOME GOOD
I believe you
would be blessed to know that there is an organization that is dedicated to
recovery children who have been abducted, both in the U.S.
CIA intelligence officer
who is the CEO of
for the Recovery of Children) enlists the help of former Marines, SWAT
and other people involved in “special ops.” His organization has a 100%
recovery rate. They never charge the family for the recovery and I could
tell that Baz is a committed Christian. Donations to his organization are
have to say that I have never met a Porn star, but I did meet a former
Porn Star at our conference whose own organization, the
Pink Cross Foundation is helping
to expose the Porn Industry for it abuse and putting its workers at risk of
death. It was truly sad to see a presentation of pictures of Porn Stars who
had died over the past few years. At least a hundred or more who have died
of drug overdoses, violent suicide or STD’s. Shelly Lubben worked in that
trade for many years, but her passion is now to serve Christ by getting
these wayward souls out of an industry that can only offer them death,
spiritually, physically and emotionally. She even goes to Porn trade shows
and witnesses to those trapped in that immoral lifestyle. I salute her
courage and her zeal to win the lost. She has helped many out of it and
intends to shut the industry down using the current laws of the land. She
needs our support and prayer on those front lines!
Cohen is an amazing man whose travels around the world have won him the
title, ’Slave Hunter” and founder of
It was very
encouraging to hear of his stories of freeing a Cambodian girl and freeing
many Sudanese slaves. He is definitely taking some real risks as he does
undercover work to assess the slavery problem around the world in such
Egypt, Thailand and Iraq.
His work is one that must be viewed as a challenge to all of us to be part
of the solution in whatever capacity we can. He is truly a modern day
Schindler who needs our financial support and prayers.
saw an uplifting presentation from the Christian organization, Freedom for
Girls. Their website at
states that “…of the estimated 600,000 to 800,000 men, women, and children
trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 80 percent
are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors.”
organization is working to provide safe haven and housing for young women
who are rescued from human trafficking slavery. I was blessed to see that
this organization is based in one of the worst countries for human
trafficking, Cambodia. Their work is one of
compassion and care for those who have been deeply and directly brutalized
in the sex slave trade.
the privilege of meeting and shaking the hand of Kenneth B. Morris Jr. who
is a descendant abolitionist Frederick Douglass
and Booker T. Washington. He was
convinced that human trafficking of his ancestors had stopped after the
Emancipation Proclamation, but began to realize that a new movement against
this horrific trade should be once again be led by someone in his family
lineage. He has started an organization called, The
Frederick Douglass Family Foundation
(FDFF) which exists to honor and preserve the legacy of his famed ancestor
and create awareness about modern day slavery.
powerful resource was Ric Lumbard who spoke about his organization,
Center to Restore Trafficked and Exploited
Children, which models restoration and re-humanization of trafficked
children from a faith based perspective. It is a very special work to deal
with victims after they have been rescued from so many years of such cruelty
and degradation. They also help people to identify possible victims of
trafficking as they could reside in our own neighborhoods.
you can see. THIS WAS AN AMAZING CONFERENCE.
prayerfully consider being a part of the solution in supporting one of the
many organizations represented in this article. I am also pleased to
announce that the Cedars Foundation is planning many more conferences around
the country in an effort to educate, activate and motivate a national
movement against the atrocity of human trafficking. May God grant us great
success in this effort!!
us join together in this most noble fight to uphold justice for those who
cry out for it right now!
Biblical Family Advocates