February 5th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

The new Christian abolition movement

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Greensboro, North Carolina (CNN) —The truck-stop hooker is no Julia Roberts, the trucker in the cab with her no Richard Gere, and this truck stop off the highway could not be any farther from Beverly Hills, the staging ground for “Pretty Woman.”

The woman sports baggy shorts, a white T-shirt and frizzy hair. Her fat middle-aged pimp sits in a beat up red Honda, watching as his “lot lizard” moves from truck to truck, in broad daylight.  If this pimp has a cane it is for substance, not style.

She moves through the parking lot, occasionally opening a cab’s passenger-side door and climbing in.

The trucker and hooker disappear in the back for 10 minutes.

Danielle Mitchell watches from the other end of the parking lot and shakes her head.

“We know from talking to other victims and other agencies that girls are taken to truck stops and they’re actually traded,” she says, sitting in her car, a shiny silver sport utility vehicle, keeping a healthy 50-yard distance from the pimp.

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Mitchell is North Carolina human trafficking manager for World Relief.  World Relief is a Christian nonprofit attached to the National Association of Evangelicals and is best known for its efforts to combat global hunger and respond to disasters around the world.

Mitchell is trying to tackle a disaster in her home state.   And she is not alone.

Motivated in large part by their religious traditions of protecting the vulnerable and serving “the least of these,” as Jesus instructed his followers to do in the Gospel of Matthew, World Relief and other Christian agencies like the Salvation Army are stepping up efforts and working with law enforcement to stem the flow of human trafficking, which includes sex trafficking and labor trafficking.

“Jesus didn’t just go around telling people about himself.  He also healed the blind and healed the brokenhearted, he freed captives, and I think that it would be ridiculous to walk up to someone who is hurting and tell them, ‘Let me tell you about the Gospel,’ and then walk away while they’re still hurting,” Mitchell says.

In North Carolina, the result of those efforts can be seen in the number of victims of human trafficking being referred to World Relief for services, up 700% in 2011, Mitchell says.

“It’s not that North Carolina is all of a sudden trafficking more people,” Mitchell says. “It’s that we know what to look for and we’re actually identifying and rescuing them.”

Truck stops and sweet potatoes

North Carolina’s rich soil makes it an agricultural hub. It produces more sweet potatoes than anywhere else in the country.  The state acts as a crossroads for three major interstate highways. The mix of accessibility and low-paying farm jobs make a good working environment for traffickers, Mitchell says.

This truck stop is the type you think twice about.  It’s grimy and run down.

How badly do I really have to use the bathroom?  I bet I could hold out for another 12 miles.  That kind of place.

Mitchell walks in and politely asks the women behind the register if they have tape.

“Over there, honey,” the cashier says, pointing to a dimly lit portion of the store.

After paying for a roll of industrial packing tape, she tucks it in her purse and heads for the restroom.

In a stall on the far end, she shuts the door behind her and pulls out the tape and a poster with words in English and Spanish.

“Need help?” the poster asks. “Are you being forced to do something you don’t want to do?” There’s a toll free number, 888-373-7888, for the National Human Trafficking Hotline, run by the nonprofit Polaris Project.

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“A lot of times when girls are being trafficked they’re being controlled,” Mitchell says. “They’re often not allowed to get very far from their trafficker.  And we’ve found one of the very few times girls are alone is when they’re in the bathroom.”

She used to ask if she could hang posters in truck stop restrooms. Now she just hangs them.

That toll free hot line number is plastered on combs, lip balms and nail files that Mitchell and other anti-trafficking workers can slip discreetly to men and women they suspect might be victims. Slipping a potential client an anti-trafficking business card could be dangerous, even deadly, they say.

A comb, nail file and lip balm feature the number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

But it’s not the only way Mitchell gets in touch with victims.  Law enforcement is reaching out to her more and more.

When North Carolina law enforcement breaks up a trafficking ring, they call her.

She helps the victims get safe places to live, food and job training,  along with just being a conversation partner.

Since 2010, North Carolina has had a statewide coalition to fight human trafficking. Law enforcement officers are now trained in what to look for. The program includes rapid response teams made up of representatives from law enforcement, service providers, hospitals and charities. When a potential victim comes into a hospital or is discovered through an arrest, the team springs into action.

“Victims are not going to self-identify,” says Mitchell, who has since left World Relief and is considering going back to school after a lack of funding threatened to cut her hours to part time. “ They’re not going to say ‘I’m a victim of human trafficking.’ So the burden is really on the service providers and law enforcement and the community."

In North Carolina, the partnerships between those groups, she says, “have helped to rescue victims.”

Church and state in an unlikely coalition 

Christian groups working to combat trafficking are providing law enforcement with some much-needed relief.

“Because of the limitations of our work, we like to partner with organizations that can provide services,” says Kory Williford, a victim specialist with the FBI based in North Carolina.

“Human trafficking isn’t the only victim population we work with, so to have organizations who can provide care to our victims on a longer term basis than we are able to is huge,” she says.

“A lot of sex trafficking is occurring in this state” and labor trafficking is on the upswing, Williford says.

The FBI in North Carolina has been partnering with World Relief for several years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anand P. Ramaswamy, who focuses on human trafficking cases across the state from the federal prosecutors office in Greensboro, says he has been collaborating with local law enforcement on human trafficking.

“Those kind of cases have only recently been on the uptick,” he says. “As officers become more trained in what to look for, the number of cases goes up.”

The nation and the state are still working to catch up with the reality of trafficking, he says.

“Sometimes the victim was treated as part of the problem,” he says.  “In one instance a 16-year-old girl was charged with prostitution by local authorities.  So we have to go and sort of undo that.  That’s also the case where the person may have done something wrong, so they’re reluctant to come forward.”

Ramaswamy is keenly aware that his office and religious groups do not always have the same interests. His is in upholding and enforcing the law, while religious groups are interested in practicing their religion.

But the assistant U.S. attorney still believes in the partnership between church and state.

“On one hand the fact they’re a religious organization is not directly relevant,” he says. “However, if you look at the history of the abolitionist movement, it has always been religious communities and those are the people who are concerned enough to be active in it.

“And today with modern-day slavery the same is the case.”

The new Underground Railroad

Westover Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, is imagining what fighting modern-day slavery could look like. The nondenominational suburban church is cut from an evangelical cloth and has 5,000 members and a sprawling campus.

In 2011, the church started a ministry called “Abolition!” to fight human trafficking. It focuses on prayer, awareness and resources.

“In truth we didn’t know what we were going to do. We just knew we had a really strong passion for it,” says Dianne Stone, an "Abolition!" member. “We didn’t want to be a group that got together and said, ‘Oh we feel so bad for this.’ We wanted to do something and we wanted to make a difference.”

In a bright room off the sanctuary, Stone, Cambre Weller and Jennifer Craver, all members the group, explain why they got involved. They seem unlikely fighters against trafficking.

They could easily pass for a women’s Bible study group as they casually chat about their children and church activities before turning their attention to trafficking concerns in their area.

“It’s another thing to realize this is in your backyard and that’s our responsibility to address that and protect those who are being exploited,” Craver says.

What's the role of faith in fighting slavery?

Craver says the things they have learned about trafficking are horrible and keep her up at night. “I don’t want to know about trafficking, but I do know about it and as a Christian, I feel like I have to respond to that,” she says. “That is part of my calling.”

The group screens documentaries about human trafficking at other churches and sends out speakers to the Christian circuit. They also prepare emergency bags: canvas totes with a comb, brush, journal, pajamas, clean towels and other basics they learned that most trafficked women don’t have.

They keep a ready stash of bags for World Relief to distribute to victims, particularly those who are rescued during raids.

Mitchell says her faith has played a large role in her work to help victims of trafficking. “I don’t think I’m any different than anyone I work with, in vulnerability or dignity,” she says. “And man, I really believe that Christ saw everyone equally.”

Danielle Mitchell views her faith as integral to her work in fighting human trafficking.

“I could have been born in a brothel in India,” she says.

But there is a limit to how much personal faith she shares with clients.

“We’re completely client centered,” she says. “That means we’re not going to force our faith on anyone.  And I don’t talk to the clients about what I believe, unless they ask me.”

“If a client asks me and they want to go to a Buddhist temple, then I’m going to take them because that’s what they want.”

Prostituted not prostitute

Back at the truck stop, Mitchell explains that she hates the term “prostitute” and despises the phrase “lot lizard.”  She says it strips people of their dignity.

Instead, she refers to a “woman or man who is being prostituted.”  It is a slight change in wording that reveals a starkly different viewpoint.

“A lot of people think of sex trafficking or prostitution, they think it’s glamorous and that you can pinpoint someone who is selling sex or being sold for sex,” she says. “Usually it’s just average people who maybe aren’t taking care of themselves."

The prostitute, or woman being prostituted, or potential human trafficking victim, gets back into the beat up red Honda with the overweight pimp, who drives off, maybe after catching a glimpse of a journalist and activist watching them from a safe distance.

Mitchell calls the police to report what she just saw.

A few hours later, they call back and say the alleged pimp and alleged prostitute are long gone.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Church and state • North Carolina • United States

soundoff (1,631 Responses)
  1. .

    How can you end human trafficking when there is so much hatred pouring out of the hate-theists?

    Atheism has devolved into a religion of intolerance, ignorance and bigotry.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Atheism is based on self center ism, fundamental of hinduism, it can not be of human but in nature of animals.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Atheism is based on self center ism, fundamental of hinduism, it can not be of human.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • PureFury

      You cannot be of English speaking origins.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • Veritas

      Funny, I have found the most intolerant and selfish people (in the US) to be the right wing "christians"...

      February 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
    • SDY225

      I do find it unusual and refreshing that he's blaming the Hindus. More likely than not Pakistani.

      Atheism in the US has its roots in the European Enlightenment, which is also the root of our system of government. It boils down to "you're going to have to fix it yourself, divine intervention isn't coming."

      February 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      English is corruption of Latin, subordinated to fundamentals of Sanskrit, what does it have to do with speaker of English by birth. Language is not the source or the end but just a medium to convoy thoughts.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Hun means great, Han means to be in greatness and Hin, means to be negative to both of them, hindu, a noun in negativity, it has nothing to do with any ones faith or location. it is universal.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm |

    Break away from corporate greed! Support the "OCCUPY" movement!

    February 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
    • .

      I wish you knew what you were talking about.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
    • The Pickle Man

      Dude, don't spam. That (filtered word) is (filtered word), and we should be above that.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    16% of the population do not believe in God. This is the front end of what is coming. It will not stop because it is being driven by natural selection in evolution. The more man evolves in intellect there will be less violence and hatred. God and religion will be something in a history book.
    And for those of you who believe in intelligent design or some other form of supernatural creation, I'll stop and listen to you if you can tell me who created the designer?

    February 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Evolution is a brain child of hindus, having nothing to do with truth absolute. Danial of truth can not make truth disappear because foundation of existence is truth.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
    • PureFury

      Your objection is baseless. The "law of causality" states that everything that has a beginning, i.e. the universe, life, and time, must have a cause outside of itself. If the Creator created time, which Einstein proved had a beginning and thus a cause, then the Creator is outside of what we understand to be time, and thus the Creator did not have a beginning. No need to explain a cause for the Creator. Your objection shows a very basic lack of deductive reasoning and scientific understanding.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • Atom

      LOL. it is more like 63%. Christianity is dead in america.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Veritas

      I completely agree. Organized religions based on bronze age mythology cannot stand the test of time forever. Eventually, as more people get educated, science and reason will prevail. It always amazes me that there are still those, mostly here in the US sadly, who don't understand that evolution is not a theory but a scientifically proven fact.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • SDY225

      It's hard to say what percent are functionally atheists even if they claim to be Christians. Even showing up to church on Sundays is beyond most of the census-counted members of the flock.

      "Love so amazing, so divine, only demands a couple of holidays a year." Doesn't make for a very good song, now does it?

      February 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • Voice of Reason


      "No need to explain a cause for the Creator." Mmmmm... Sounds pretty scientific to me!

      February 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Believer

      Eolution is not a scientifically proven fact, natural selection is. We have never seen a species ofcreature develop into new species. Dogs allways produce dogs, different vvarieties of dogs yes but still dogs. That is a proven fact.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • SDY225

      Believer, there's a bit of a problem with that statement – species is a very nebulous concept.

      Are wolves and dogs really different species, for example?

      February 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Believer, you are treading in an area you apparently know nothing about. Be careful.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
    • Mohammad A Dar

      Veritas--religions are corruption of truth by man by subordinating fundamental of truth to fundamentals of hinduism, denial of truth. Source of disunity among humanity.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
    • Believer

      Actually I do know quite a bit about this subject, and it is full of holes. I used to believe in evolution and millions of years, then I looked into it and started asking questions and realized it makes no sense and has no evidence to back it up. As I said Natural Selection is Science. The idea that we all came from single celled organisms has no proof.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • Believer

      Also wolves and dogs are from the same species, the canine species. Wolves and dogs are different variations of canines.

      February 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  4. jonborg

    I think it is good that there is something religious fundamentalists and secular activists/feminists can agree on! Maybe they'll actually be able to get somewhere with each other.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Why did CNN delete my comment? It was no more offensive than any of the others on this thread.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
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      February 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Jesus

      CNN monitors are not consistent in their comment removals. I have had mine deleted for no apparent reason--unless it was my expression of a political view that wasn't accpetable to a particluar reviewer. At the same time much more strident positions were expressed and allowed to stand. That's why I rarely blog here.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • JT

      You used to get a message that it was awaiting moderation but now it just goes *poof* and you're left to wonder what happend, you then try and post it again and get the warning that you alread posted that same comment.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  6. A

    I am not anti-christian.......but I really hope that certain christians are using this to get more Christians. "Oh, so glad we saved you ma'am. Now. come to church." That tends to happen....
    I admire people trying to save these women in trafficking...they need the help. But I also hope someone is trying to blanket it. Maybe get a new law – maybe get some support. Because it's just a whole can of warms.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  7. spentecost

    The fact that this woman is out there doing something most people do not have the will or courage to do somehow gets twisted into anti-Christianity bull is so revealing about the state of our affairs. The article clearly states that if the person wants to go to any place their wishes are respected. Be thankful there are people out there willing to help the helpless. Don't belittle or ridicule those efforts. Efforts most of us are not willing to make. If her inspiration is Jesus, so what. Works count. Lives may be saved, is that bad? What are you doing with your life to help others or yourselves for that matter. Since when did "being your brother's keeper"become fodder for contempt? I personally applaud her efforts.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • John (no pun intended)

      Women have been doing this since Adam and Lillth, If you want some you have to give her goats, gold, diamonds. Today ist cash. If she is under 18 the pmp should be charged, over 18 who cares.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  8. Johnny

    Part of me should say thank you for Ms. Mitchell's efforts, but the story is a bit more complex.

    Getting women out of a dangerous life is to be commended. But doing good as a means to spread christianity is of course self serving if your mission is to spread christianity.

    Another question that could be asked is what is Ms. Mitchell – and all of us – doing to prevent the spread of poverty that increases the number of women forced to do this? Are we providing the poor with healthcare or are we standing idly by while healthcare costs spiral out of control? Are we trying to make college more affordable for working families?

    The enemy here is poverty, unemployment and ultimately, the massive inequality of income that causes it. The cure is helping lower income people economically. I'm not religious, but I have to think that's what Jesus would want his followers to work on. But the opposite seems true.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • Jenn

      I know FOR A FACT that she and her husband give sacrificially. She puts her money where her mouth is. Do you?

      February 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  9. Heart for the lost

    Logic tells me when a I see a building that there was a builder. When I look at creation it is clear that there is a Creator. We don't need "faith" to believe in a Creator- all we need are eyes that can see and a brain that works. His evidence is everywhere, yet proud people refuse to accept the simple and obvious truth so they can pursue earthly life on their own terms. They live for today, without regard for their eternal future. After their death they will face the God they willfully denied and bow before him, begging for forgiveness... but it will be too late. I can't imagine the horror and terror that these souls will experience when they realize the eternal consequences of rejecting the God who is calling them all; even as they read this message.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • lance corporal

      bow before him, horror and terror................ wow do you miss the point of a loving god..............

      February 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • Believer

      Back in the days of Kings when a king was a good loving king who cared about his people, they still bowed to him. It is to show reverance and respect. And when someonebroke the kings laws they trembled in fear and horror waiting for the judgement.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • SDY225

      Believer, I'd suggest you look at the history of modern Thailand.

      Since it's illegal to criticize the king and they will throw you in jail for it, everyone seems to love the king, at least if asked.

      Is this the love that Christians have? Just a convenient cover story to save themselves from punishment?

      February 5, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Come On Now

      The Bible – A book right out of the Middle East... and a very primitive and even more unknowledgeable Middle East than we have today - and you buy that story of their imaginary superhero?!

      February 5, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  10. Priwhaaat

    It would be presumptuous to assume that everyone in any line of activity is a victim. It's no secret that some peoples' personalities thrive on activities that make others cringe for fear, disgust, etc. Some of the judgement going on among moralistic crusaders may indeed be very, very good from a humanitarian standpoint. Particulary and obviously when underaged kids are involved. But I've been around enough zealots in my life to know that some of what goes on among so-called religious moralists is a form of meddlesomeness that borders on coercion.

    February 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  11. studdmuffins

    Feminists everywhere should be up in arms over this religious bigotry. It's a woman's body and she can sell it if she wants to – period.

    Where is the outrage from the left on this very personal issue? It's all the rage in the abortion debate. Why not here?

    February 5, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • Jenn

      Where is your reading comprehension? TRAFFICKED WOMEN ARE NOT CONSENTING ADULTS! Do you understand now?

      February 6, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  12. SDY225

    Human trafficking is just the last vestiges of slavery.

    This isn't "new" this is just a little bit of house cleaning after throwing out the old torture chamber.

    February 5, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • RealityChecker

      According to the Bible, slavery is acceptable.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Toby

      Reality. Really? Where does it say that. Can you enlighten me? Or did you just hear that one day and you are repeating it without ever investigating. Making you just another sheep. Tell me..

      February 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • SDY225

      The Bible is wrong on a lot of things.

      Honestly, sometimes Christians do things I agree with, and if their faith drives them to abolish suffering in the world, more power to 'em.

      As an atheist, and setting aside Lewis's trilemma, I find a lot admirable things in Christ's teachings. As for Christians, well, I'm with Gandhi on that one.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
    • RealityChecker

      The Old Testament details what is the proper treatment for your slaves. God isn't against slavery. If we all followed the Bible more closely, the world would be a much better place.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Believer

      If you read the Bible carefully you will find it is more like indentured servants. If you diddnt have money you became a slave to someone else, who fed you and took care of you until you can take care of yourself. Your kids dont become slaves by just being born and it is possible to work your way to freedom.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  13. Mohammad A Dar

    Does any one know, literal translation of word Christian and what language it is borrowed from?

    February 5, 2012 at 11:56 am |
  14. lance corporal

    layoff the truckers are job creators and without the work the women would be welfare queens

    this is the GOP safety net at work

    February 5, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • SDY225

      Sad, but true.

      The government should stop interfering with small businesses like pimps, right? They're a traditional part of society, so they shouldn't be driven off by liberal wackos concerned about working conditions.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Jenn

      Where is your reading comprehension? TRAFFICKED WOMEN ARE NOT CONSENTING ADULTS! Do you understand now?

      February 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  15. elgatoblanco

    Wish we had more religious wackos doing nice stuff like this. Maybe then I wouldn't think they were so wacko. Anyways, keep up the good work!

    February 5, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Atom

      I can't figure out why she is not handing out free condoms and lube.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  16. Matt

    Isn't everyone concerned with human trafficking? lol

    February 5, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Atom

      How much to they charge for a half and half?

      February 5, 2012 at 11:58 am |
  17. Keith

    I think we are forgetting the real victims here. These poor truckers aren't going to be able to get anymore lot lizard head when things like this end!

    February 5, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Atom

      They end up at the local glory hole catching and spreading HIV.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  18. RealityChecker

    Just because atheists are better educated, more logical, less likely to be in prision, and less violent, that doesn't make them right, does it?

    February 5, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Matt


      February 5, 2012 at 11:53 am |
    • Phil

      No it doesn't make us better. We all have the same abilities to a certain degree. You can still believe in god and have the same opportunities.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Atom

      They can't answer you because they can't find god to ask.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:55 am |
    • Don

      No it just makes us better at seeing stupidity in ALL it's forms, and where it is most rampant is in the so called religious arena. If you truly want to save people who are being exploited, save a christytian or another religious zealot from themselves, the systems they believe in were meant as a means to control and subjugate them into submission to those who wished to rule and exploit them.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Don

      The reason they can't find this so called god is the same reason so called god followers cannot find god either except in thier simple minds, there is no god, there never was it is nothing but LIES!

      February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Toby

      Do they have a "random fact creator" board somewhere, that you guys pull this stuff from. Here let me try. "just because 99 percent of the people in prison are athiests, and 70 percent of the murders are by athiests, and 98 percent of rapists are athiests.. Doesnt mean that.... " ha ha..

      February 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  19. Adrian GMV

    Atheists- I don't believe in them!

    February 5, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Binyamin

      Well they exist and there is living proof of this existence.

      And before you attack me and call me an atheist I'm just gonna throw it out there that I'm a Jew.

      February 5, 2012 at 11:57 am |
    • oops

      That's because you aren't educated. I understand.

      Seems many christians don't believe they evolved. I agree, wish they would though;

      February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am |
    • Binyamin

      Also I've met a lot more anti Semitic Christians than atheist so I'm gonna have to say I feel a little more comfortable in their presence.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  20. Abbeyroadnow

    Who cares if its a Christian thats working to stop human trafficing or if there is a god or not or even if the subject of the report is risky for the sake of readership. The trafficing of people is a terrible thing, and looks like someone is trying to do something about it in their own way.

    February 5, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • Binyamin

      Yeah a lot of the comments seem to be a debate between Christians and Atheist rather than about the poor people caught up in human trafficking.

      February 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
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