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. StartWithRoyCooper

    This is a valiant service. However, this young lady should also take her plea to the criminal sitting at the state capital whose subordinate officers are the worst offenders and have been prosecuted on numerous occasions for these crimes. The media should shed light on this fact for young girls that may be "flattered" by law enforcement officers that violate the law in this manner.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  2. John

    F all Non-Christians!!!

    February 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • paul

      wow. that is offensive...and a complete misrepresentation

      February 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • Brian

      that's the simple minded and ignorant mentality that makes you a good christian. dismissing all other religions as if the possibilty of your god existing is more plausible than any other god. every religion depends on location and therefore is arbitrary. I wouldn't expect you to understand or even make an effort to. sheep

      February 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Stacy

      I'm non-Christian, but I defend this woman and the good works she is doing. You know what happens when you assume, right?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • hez316

      And you are a ....?

      February 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Anglican

      Not a happy person are you John.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  3. newton

    ya know its hard out there fo' a pimp, when you gotta get dis money fo' da rent

    February 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  4. Trololololo

    YES. FINALLY, a conservative christian crusade that everyone can get behind!! ...no innuendo intended...

    February 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
    • Annie

      So you did not like the Christian crusades against slavery, world hunger, deaths from contaminated water, child labor, etc?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  5. Stan

    An actual positive article for Christianity produced by CNN? I must be dreaming. Oh well, the big question remains, what are all the atheist haters going to do with their Sunday now when they can't sit in front of a computer all day recycling the same drivel insults and jokes? Football i guess.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • apostate

      Not pretend to cannibalize a 2000 year old dead god and not waste time holding conversations with imaginary friends.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • oscar r

      Obama 2012

      February 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

      9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

      10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.


      February 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  6. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things
    Prayer is inviting
    Prayer is invigorating
    Prayer is inspirational
    Prayer changes things

    February 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • truth will out

      Prayer does nothing for those God dislikes

      February 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Semiahmoo

      A "fat middle-aged pimp sits in a beat up red Honda." Pimping is such an evil, scuzzy occupation.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      All sinners come to God through prayer

      February 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • Prayer is not healthy for children and other living things

      Prayer takes people away from actually working on real solutions to their problems.
      Prayer wears out your clothes prematurely.
      Prayer contributes to global warming through excess CO2 emissions.
      Prayer fucks up your knees and your back.
      Prayer can cause heart attacks, especially among the elderly.
      Prayer reveals how stupid you are to the world; that and wasting time are the real impact of prayer.
      Prayer exposes your backside to pervert priests.
      Prayer prevents you from getting badly needed exercise.
      Prayer makes you post really stupid shit.
      Prayer makes you hoard cats.
      Prayer makes you smell like kitty litter and leads you on to harder drugs.
      Prayer wastes time.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • EdNv

      Um – it IS scientifically proven that concerted daily prayer (and meditation) actually 'grows' brain cells and improves cognitive function. Please note that your average so-called Christian participates in neither.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • El Duderino (if you're not into the whole brevity thing)

      Did prayer do anything to save the millions of Jews who died in the various death camps? Also, if you're a Christian, you know that God had a divine plan, and everything is going according to God's plan, so why would you even pray to God for anything if everything is going in accordance to his plan? Also, if he's all powerful, he knows you better than you know yourself, so can't he already read your mind, which makes prayer pointless.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • EdNv

      Gee El D u m m y - seems you flunked debate class - One could argue (not me) that the US intervention in WWII prevented an even greater holocaust thus proving that prayer did work.. Also, there is no debate that daily prayer (meditation) improves ones lot in life. Stop trying to argue with science you only embarrass yourself.

      February 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Anglican

      @truth. God loves us all, perfect peaches and rotten apples.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • apostate


      Sure believing there is some imaginary space father that cares about you to talk to might make a person feel better and less stressed than simply dealing with reality, but that doesn't prove that prayer actually works more than a placebo for a persons mental health. You could also pray to a coffee mug. If praying for an amputee provided them with a regrown limb then you might have a case for prayer actually working, but that is never the case.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  7. asgardshill

    Danielle Mitchell and those like her would do much better if they came armed with crowbars to separate Catholic priests from their altar boys.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • tensor

      Because you hold no esteem or value for females? Thanks for so clearly pointing up what is wrong with your gender on three fronts: woman abuse, child abuse, and male stupidity.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
    • An inconvenient truth

      The sad truth is that more children are abused at home by family than were ever abused by phony priests. I say phony because certain ho mo perverts lied their way into service with criminal intent. For every one who abused there are thousands of good decent men devoted to serving God and there fellow men. But the good done does not justify the mud slingers who are desperate to tear down the church at all costs. If only one criminal was found the outcry would be as loud. There is no compassion for the victims by the finger pointers, they could care less about the children hurt, they care for having an agenda they love to promote.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
    • apostate

      @An inconvenient truth

      The vast majority of pedos are heteros, don't let facts get in your way. Let's also not forget how church authorities protected and shuffled pedo priests to other parishes so they could molest more children.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  8. Juan

    Here's a thought....and I'm just throwing this out here, but here goes...and this is an idea that took me a total of 4 seconds to come up with...ready? Here goes....my idea? MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS and don't worry about it! Problem solved. Oh, then, go out, and get a life, because if you've got that much time on your hands, that's time that could be used to do something else that's truly constructive. Fact is, you aren't going to change the world with little stuff like this...it's still going to happen whether you want it to or not, you cannot control everyone, you know! You're welcome. /end discussion

    February 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • BS

      Here's a thought. Would you say the same thing if it was your loved one who was being held as a s-e-x slave for someone else's profit?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • JackTaraz

      What goes on between two people in a truck cab, motel or their house is NOBODIES business, as long as they are not hurting anyone. Period. religious zealots are out of control.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • BS

      Did you even read the article? They're not trying to control anyone. They're trying to help free people who are being held against their will.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Toby

      Juan. Thats the most selfish and destructive post i ever read. So you suggest nobody get involved with slavery and everyone should let them be? You are bizarre man...

      February 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • zee


      Unless you're an anarcho capitalist and believe in absolute property rights, then you are a hypocrite.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • truth will out

      I agree with you whole heartedly.....as long as it is 2 consenting adults then why bother...

      February 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • Stacy

      I'm not religious, but what this woman is doing is just trying to help men and women WHO WANT TO BE HELPED. She's not forcing anyone to get help, all she is doing is letting them know that help is there if they want it. They know that forcing someone to change is a losing battle – like forcing an addict to rehab before they're ready – the rate of relapse is high. The person has to WANT help, and when they get to the point they want help, now they know who they can call for it.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
    • esmith1001

      Sounds like surrender to me.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • marty

      Here's a tip, Juan: If you think you've solved a complex social problem in 4 seconds, you need to do more thinking and you're a twit.
      For consenting adults, whatever floats your boat, let your freak flag fly! But some of these people are not yet adults and others have gotten themselves into situations they are unable to get out of, even though they want to.
      Here's another tip, Juan: Any kind of change begins with individuals doing things you might think of as "insignificant." The change only comes when many other individuals join the cause.
      Last tip: "/end of conversation" (or discussion or whatever tag you closed with) Really? Your 4 seconds of deep thought and meditation is all the reflection that's needed? You've called yourself out not only as a twit of the highest order, but also an ignorant child. Come back when you're ready to have a conversation.
      My two cents: as long as there is no proselytizing and it's just posting information for those who are looking for a way out, good for them.

      February 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  9. TrueReality

    Magoo – Of course no one can end it immediately like that, don't be stupid. But since when it doing a bit of good, so far as you can, a bad thing?

    February 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • LARRY


      February 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  10. tom

    Let those without sin throw the first stone. Okay no need to duck.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • BS

      They're not throwing stones. They're trying to free people from s3x slavery.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • zee

      Great. Let's shut down the court system then. No more convicting murderers and thieves any more.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  11. That guy Matt

    Good to see the Christians/Religions folks doing something good to help others instead of judging and persecuting others who don't believe what they believe...

    February 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • TrueReality

      And when was the last time you judged somebody? Oh yeah, just now... Everybody does it. Everybody's a hypocrite. Don't act like Christians have the monopoly on that.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Rafael

      Hi Skotty, Yes,you are very welcome to piaarciptte. We also award medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd and there are spot prizes. Hope to see you in March.

      April 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  12. jimmerz

    she'd make more money as a lot lizard 😛

    February 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • asgardshill

      I've seen her picture. Not so much.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
    • Linda

      I agree. Who goes to work looking for girls and their pimps wearing pink stiletto heels?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • paul

      you're a freaking moron. shame to you

      February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  13. EdNv

    What a great program. Good for them. They certainly make all the difference in the world to those few they rescue.
    "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.”
    It doesn't get more 'Christian' than that!

    February 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  14. David

    Oh I thought you were going to talk about Abolishing Lifetime Alimony, but apparently not. I guess men continue to be indentured servants.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • mike

      There's a number you can call if you want out

      February 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  15. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    People who do good things in the name of religion are not doing it to save someone else, they're selfishly doing it to save “their own” souls. Give me an Atheists help over a religious follower helping themselves any day.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Henry

      Quite honestly I don't think someone forced into the s.ex trade is going to reject help based on the faith of the person offering.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Very true & agreed Henry. Any help is help & is a good thing. My intention is to point out the reality of what followers are implying they do as ultruistic.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
    • Joseph

      Maybe you just need to meet more people. Im an agnostic and can admit there are millions of good christians and other religious folk. Faith itself is not bad, misguided faithful are dangerous though.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • sbite

      next time you need help be sure to ask

      February 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Toby

      Hate to tell you this, but christians think they are already saved. They dont believe works get you into heaven. You should study a little more, you sound silly when you preach aboutt things you have no clue about.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Joe .. at no point did I say there aren't good followers, just selfish ones. You may be agnostic (a step in the right direction) but you seem to have missed the point.

      sbite .. When in need of help I'd ask anyone, the point (again) was to point out that doing good is still good but with the wrong motivation it's just selfish.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
    • Stacy

      I don't entirely disagree with you, but you don't see a lot of atheist groups out there trying to help people. I am not religious myself, but I work with a lot of non-profit organizations and read lots of studies on charitable volunteerism and giving. It turns out that current studies show that self-described religious people give more and volunteer more than self-described non-religious people. And not just to religious causes. Studies have shown that religious people also give and volunteer more to secular charities than non-religious people.

      So, I would perhaps think twice be belittling the religious establishment as they seem to be the ones who really fuel charity in our nation. I would also consider it a challenge to the secular population to step up and think more of others than of themselves.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • apostate


      Not all Christians follow Luther's faith and grace alone doctrines and therefore works do matter to many traditional Christians. There are 33,000 denominations all claiming to know the "right way" so it is you who needs to study up. Seems like the holy spirit is asleep at the wheel or doesn't exist. Your preferred flavor of Christianity is not the only flavor.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      Stacy .. excellent, thank you. I completely agree with the fact that most volunteers are volunteers due to religion .. brownie points for God. All I am saying is to do it for the sake of doing good & not for selfish reasons. I agree my point comes across a bit belittling, but only to emphasize my point. I love a well though out response!

      February 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  16. Denese

    I don't know why Ms. Mitchell is so upset about what consenting adults do. I used to work with a woman who's husband was a trucker. She actually came dressed as a "trucker *f%$#@r" once for a Halloween party. There was never any mention of human trafficking or child abuse or anything illegal. She thought it was funny. I'm sure there comes a time when the old girls can't earn any money anymore and need help finding something else to do, but in the meantime...

    February 5, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
    • Ryan

      If you'd read the whole story you'd see that you missed the point: she's fighting it because it isn't always consensual and the girls aren't always adults.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • BS

      Did you even read the article? This is about people being held against their will and being forced to do these things. At what point did you get the idea that this had anything to do with consentual acts?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • coersion is not consent

      Denese, people under 18 (legally minors) can't give consent and people who are threatened and coerced by a cane-weilding pimp can't give consent either. Kids don't "consent" to bedtime either. They do as they're told. People like the truckers who pay pimps to let them shag their human property should have their nuts cut off. Your trucker wife friend is an idiot.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • paul

      I was going to respond, but there is no need to because of all these sufficient comments. I would love to see your response Denise

      February 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  17. JB

    If only the religious right movements would stop wasting their time and money on gay marraige and attack this problem head on. This is a real, globalized evil with far-reaching consequences.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Henry

      It is interesting that they think consensual s.ex acts between adults in the privacy of their own home are a greater threat to their faith than people, often under aged, being forced into s.ex acts for money.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm |
  18. Frank

    I trust people who are ostensibly trying to help other people a lot more when they don't have a religious agenda.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • zee

      It's not that clear to me. Religion is a world view just like any other. And people often think that having people adopt their world view is helping them, whether it is religious or not. Just because someone has a 'religious agenda' doesn't mean they have some ulterior motive. they believe their religious agenda helps people.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  19. Sam

    This really isn't the context that the word 'Christians' usually combines with 's3x trade' in the news. Usually it is in a more craigslist sort of way.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  20. edgarx

    The churches have no place sticking their noses in matters that are strictly the jurisdiction of law enforcement. More and more these fanatics machinate their encroachment into civil society on a quest to erode freedom and independence of though. They are hell bent on to contaminating our legislative process with their fundamentalist doctrine, in pursuit of establishing ideological slavery upon those who refuse to submit to their ridiculous beliefs.

    February 5, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
    • Voice of Reason

      Well said!

      February 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • tom

      You are 100 percent correct. These eventesticles are a precursor, in my opinion, to the islamic extremist..

      February 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Marlin

      So if your at sea, drowning, and a ship with a cross comes by and offers to pick you out of the water... you rather wait for the coastguard ship which may or may not come?

      Thats the situation these people are in. If someone is going to help them, I dont care what their faith is.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • BS

      Are you nuts? This is a charity trying to help free people from slavery. And you think that's a bad thing just because they happen to believe in God? If you had a loved one who was being trafficked, you'd change your hypocritical tune pretty quickly. How ironic you speak of errosion of freedom yet at the same time want a charity who is trying to give people their freedom back to stop doing good works. They are not trying to impose religious beliefs, they're trying to free people who are being held as slaves for profit.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
    • Joy B

      Actually very poorly and cynically said- Did you read the article and her quote?. When you are ready to go out and do some good for your fellow man, feel free to use any motivation your want. Sorry you have such a poor view of religion but doing something in the name of faith is way different than doing something in the name of religion. You may believe yourself to be enlightened, but you are way in the dark on this one.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • Toby

      Edgar. You must have surely lost your mind. I think youve spent to much time in the dictionary researching big words to make yourself sound important. You missed the part where these people were trying to save other human beings from slavery.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
    • Trololololo

      eh, churches stick their noses everywhere else, why not applaud that they finally have picked up a crusade that almost everyone can support?

      February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
    • Stacy

      Why? This woman isn't breaking any laws by reaching out to men and women who may be sold for s e x against their will. She's actively working with law enforcement. She's also not forcing help on anyone. All she is doing is letting these people know help is there, if they WANT it.

      February 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
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