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700 Club Interactive: How the Church Can End Human Trafficking - July 21, 2014

Hear the latest statistics on human trafficking and what the church can do to help. Read Transcript


Gordon: A HORRIFYING

INDUSTRY THAT HIDES IN

AMERICA'S BIGGEST CITIES.

I REALIZED IF THE CHURCH

IS SILENT, WE'RE GOING TO

LOSE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE.

WE MUST BE VOCAL.

WE MUST BE PROACTIVE.

AND WE MUST ENGAGE.

Gordon: HOW YOU CAN

HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING,

ON TODAY'S "700 CLUB

INTERACTIVE."

ON "700 CLUB INTERACTIVE,"

WE USE TECHNOLOGY TO PRAY

FOR EACH OTHER AND EXPLORE

TOPICS THAT MATTER TO YOU.

WATCH WHAT GOD IS DOING IN

THE WORLD TODAY.

Gordon: WELCOME TO THE

SHOW.

IT'S AN INDUSTRY THAT

GENERATES $32 BILLION A YEAR

WORLDWIDE.

BY PREYING ON SOME OF THE

WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE

PEOPLE.

AND HERE IN THE U.S., WE ARE

ARNOT IMMUNE.

Terry: HUMAN

TRAFFICKING IS ONE OF THE

FASTEST-GROWING CRIMES IN

AMERICA.

IN CHICAGO, THE POLICE

REALIZED THEY CAN'T FIGHT

THIS PROBLEM ALONE.

SO AS EFREM GRAHAM REPORTS,

THEY'RE GETTING HELP.

Reporter: CHICAGO'S

BEAUTY ATTRACTS MORE THAN

40 MILLION VISITORS A YEAR.

THE CITY OFFERS MORE THAN

200 THEATERS, A MAGNIFICENT

MILE OF HIGH-END SHOPS, AND

26 MILES OF LAKEFRONT.

BUT THAT BUSYNESS AND BEAUTY

ALSO BRINGS AN UGLY SIDE TO

THE BIG CITY.

WE'VE GOT OFFICERS THAT

REALLY CARE.

Reporter: CHICAGO

POLICE ARE WORKING TO SOLVE

MORE THAN 220 MISSING

PERSONS CASES, AND A GROWING

NUMBER OF THOSE ARE

CHILDREN, BEING TRAFFICKED

FOR SEX.

IT JUST GETS TO ME

SOMETIMES.

NOT SOMETIMES, ALL OF THE

TIME.

TRYING TO RESCUE THESE KIDS

AND THE CONDITIONS THAT

THEY'RE IN.

DEHYDRATED.

YOU CAN SEE THEIR RIBS.

THEY'RE STANDING THERE, NO

SHOES.

EYES BLOODSHOT RED, AND BODY

HAS BEEN USED.

Reporter: FIGHTING THIS

CRIME WAVE TAKES MORE THAN A

GUN AND A UNIFORM.

YOU NEED STREET

PERSPECTIVE.

THAT'S WHERE ANDREW HOLMES

AND FORMER COP, CARLOS

RODRIGUEZ, COME IN.

WHEN WE'RE ON THE

STREETS, WORKING SIDE BY

SIDE WITH THE CHICAGO POLICE

DEPARTMENT, PROVIDING THEM

INFORMATION, THEY KNOW

CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED.

A POLICE DEPARTMENT WILL

TAKE A LOT OF CALLS, BUT

WHEN IT IS A CHILD, THAT IS

A SORE SPOT FOR ANY POLICE

OFFICERS.

Reporter: BOTH NOW WORK

WITH PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS

WITH MORRISON SECURITY.

SHE FITS THE PHYSICAL

DESCRIPTION OF A 14-YEAR-OLD

THAT MIGHT BE MISSING OUT

THERE.

Reporter: AND THEY LEAD

THE FIRM'S VOLUNTEER EFFORT

TO RESCUE VICTIMS OF SEX

TRAFFICKING.

CARLOS AND ANDREW,

THEY'RE THE REAL ROCK STARS

OF THIS WHOLE THING.

THEY'RE MY HEROS.

Reporter: SEAN MORRISON

OWNS THE BUSINESS AND

DOESN'T CHARGE VICTIMS'

FAMILIES FOR THE

SEARCH-AND-RESCUE.

WE SEEM TO HAVE BEEN

CALLED TO THIS.

PEOPLE SAY, WHY DO YOU DO

THIS?

MY RESPONSE HAS ALWAYS BEEN,

IF WE DON'T DO IT, WHO IS

GOING TO DO IT?

WE HAVE A PHONE CENTER,

1-800-YOU TELL US.

AND A LOT CALL OUR CENTER

BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO

CALL THE POLICE BECAUSE

THEY'RE AFRAID.

WERE YOU ABLE TO RUN THAT

THROUGH OUR PHOTO

RECOGNITION?

Reporter: THEY TAKE A

CALL ABOUT A MISSING

16-YEAR-OLD AFTER TALKING TO

POLICE.

WE FIGURED, WE'LL TRY TO

TAKE THIS GUY DOWN AND

RESCUE THESE KIDS FIRST.

Reporter: AND SCOURING

ONLINE SEX ADS.

SHE WAS ON THIS MORNING,

THIS GIRL.

IF YOU LOOK AT THE PICTURES

OF HER, HER BODY IS NOT EVEN

DEVELOPED YET.

Reporter: THEY FOLLOW A

LEAD TO A NEARBY HOTEL.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS

GENTLEMAN COMING IN HERE

LATE AT NIGHT?

WHEN SOMEBODY CALLS US

AND SAYS, MY CHILD IS MIG,

MISSING, WE CAN'T SAY, WE'LL

GET BACK TO YOU TOMORROW.

WE HAVE TO DROP EVERYTHING.

Reporter: ONE DAY AFTER

RECEIVING THAT CALL, CARLOS

AND ANDREW TRACK DOWN THAT

MISSING GIRL AT AN ABANDONED

HOUSE ON THE CITY'S SOUTH

SIDE.

THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

INSIDE WHAT IS KNOWN AS A

TRAP HOUSE.

IT IS A BED BACK HERE.

THEY'LL COME UP HERE.

THIS IS WHERE THEY SLEEP IN

AT NIGHT.

IT NEVER GETS OLD BECAUSE

THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER

ONE.

BUT TO DELIVER HER

HAND-IN-HAND TO HER FAMILY,

OH, IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME.

IT MEANS GLORY TO ME.

MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN

ANSWERED.

Reporter: ANDREW

REUNITES THIS VICTIM WITH

HER UNCLE.

HOW AM I FEELING RIGHT

NOW?

I FEEL SO BLESSED RIGHT

NOW.

MY DAUGHTER JUST GRADUATED

YESTERDAY.

AND THIS IS JUST ANOTHER

BLESSING IN ITSELF.

Reporter: THIS DAY'S

HAPPY ENDING BECOMES THE

LATEST OF MORE THAN 85

RESCUES PERFORMED BY THE

SECURITY FIRM.

OUR FIRST MISSION IS TO

RESCUE THESE CHILDREN FROM

OFF THE STREETS AND GET THEM

BACK TO THEIR FAMILIES OR

BACK TO AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE

THEY HAVE SAFETY.

OUR SECOND MISSION IS TO

EDUCATE.

ALL OF THIS IS PRIVATE.

ALL OF THIS IS OFF LIMITS.

Reporter: JUST HOURS

LATER, ANDREW HEADS AGAIN TO

THE CITY'S SOUTH SIDE, THIS

TIME WARNING CHILDREN AT THE

SOUTHSIDE WORSHIP CENTER

ABOUT THE DANGER.

WE HAD NO IDEA IT WAS

HAPPENING RIGHT HERE.

Reporter: THE CHURCH'S

PASTOR, TITUS LEE, MAKES IT

HIS MISSION TO EDUCATE THE

ADULTS.

HE EVEN TURNED A BIBLE CLASS

INTO A CLASS ON SEX

TRAFFICKING.

WE MUST BE PROACTIVE, WE

MUST BE VOCAL, AND WE MUST

ENGAGE.

Reporter: THE PASTOR OF

A YOUNG CHILDREN SAYS HIS

EYES ARE CERTAINLY MORE

WATCHFUL NOW.

WHEN I SEE A YOUNG GIRL

WALKING WITH HER EYES DOWN,

I WONDER, WHERE IS HIS

HOME?

IS SHE OUT HERE WANDERING,

OR IS SHE UNDER SOMEONE

ELSE'S CONTROL?

OR IS SHE HEADED THAT WAY

WITHOUT INTERVENTION.

WHEN I SEE THEM ON THEIR

CELL PHONES, WHO ARE THEY

COMMUNICATING WITH.

THEY ARE VICTIMS AND

PROBABLY VICTIMIZERS, IN THE

COMMUNITY AND/OR THE

CHURCH.

Reporter: AND WHILE

MORRIS SECURITY HAS RESCUED

MANY, MANY POTENTIAL TARGETS

REMAIN ACROSS THE CITY.

THEY COVER THE WHOLE

SPECTRUM FROM "A" TO "Z," AS

FAR AS WAC GROUND.

BACKGROUND.

SOME ARE EDUCATED, SOME ARE

NOT EDUCATED.

Reporter: HUMAN

TRAFFICKING IS A SPEEDING

TRAIN, MOVING FASTER THAN

EVEN POLICE CAN EVEN TRACK.

AND THEY SAY ITS PROFIT

ENGINE COULD SOON OVERTAKE

THE DRUG TRADE.

EFREM GRAHAM, CBN NEWS,

CHICAGO.

Gordon: THIS IS

OBVIOUSLY A GROWING PROBLEM,

AND IT'S WORLDWIDE.

TERRY, TELL US ABOUT "SET

FREE NOW."

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO TO

STOP IT?

Terry: THERE IS PLENTY

OF AWARENESS IN THE WORLD

TODAY.

MANY ORGANIZATIONS ARE

KEEPING US ALL AWARE OF HOW

TRAGIC THIS SCENARIO IS, NOT

JUST AROUND THE WORLD, BUT

HERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

WE ARE COMBINING THE

INTERESTS AT ALL OF THE

CAMPUSES, "OPERATION

BLESSING," IN COOPERATION

WITH REGENT UNIVERSITY, WE

HAVE A CAMPAIGN CALLED "SET

FREE NOW."

MOST OF US ALREADY HAVE, AS

MINISTRIES WITHIN CBN,

PROJECTS AROUND THE WORLD OR

DOMESTICALLY, WHERE WE'RE

HELPING KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN

TRAFFICKED, TO FIND HEALING

AND WHOLENESS, TO HAVE A

PLACE TO GO TO.

IN OTHER COUNTRIES,

SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T GO BACK

HOME AFTER SOMETHING LIKE

THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU.

WE'RE HEADING TOWARDS BRAZIL

WITH FULL STEAM AHEAD

BECAUSE OF THE WORLD CUP

HAPPENING THERE NEXT YEAR.

WE'RE WORKING WITH THE

GOVERNMENT IN BRAZIL, WITH

CORPORATIONS IN BRAZIL, TO

HEAD OFF THOSE WHO MIGHT BE

COMING FOR THE WRONG REASON

TO THE COUNTRY.

Gordon: WHY DO

TRAFFICKERS TEND TO

CONGREGATE AROUND THESE

KINDS OF BIG SPORTING

EVENTS?

Terry: FIRST OF ALL, I

THINK IT IS BECAUSE THERE IS

A DISTRACTION TO WHAT

THEY'RE DOING.

THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE

HAPPENING.

AND, SECONDLY, IN A LOT OF

THESE COUNTRIES, THERE ARE A

LOT OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN.

KIDS WHO ARE AVAILABLE AND

OUT ON THE STREETS BECAUSE

THEY DON'T HAVE A SYSTEM

THAT FUNCTIONS FOR KIDS LIKE

THAT.

SOMETIMES IT IS KIDS IN

SMALL VILLAGES OR REMOTE

AREAS.

AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE

THE PERPETRATORS BEHIND

THIS.

I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THE

JOHNS WHO BUY THE SERVICES.

I'M TALKING ABOUT THOSE WHO

MAKE MONEY, THE PIMPS, THE

PEOPLE WHO ARE HEADS OF IT.

AND WE'RE HOPING TO SORT OF

STEER THAT OFF.

WE'VE SEEN IT HAPPEN IN

UKRAINE.

LAST YEAR WE DID THIS WITH

SOME SOCCER TEAMS THERE.

OUR OFFICE IN UKRAINE WAS

VERY INVOLVED.

WE HAD FLIERS OUT.

WE HAD PEOPLE WHO WERE BEING

GREETED AT THE AIRPORT WITH

INFORMATION, AND HOTELS ALL

HAD INFORMATION OUT.

AND IT WAS SAYING, WE'RE

WATCHING, WE'RE LOOKING AT

PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THIS.

COME HERE AND ENJOY THE

GAMES, BUT DON'T COME HERE

FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

WE HOPE TO BE VERY ACTIVE IN

ALL OF THIS.

I KNOW DOWN IN MEXICO,

"OPERATION BLESSING" IS

DOING A LOT OF GREAT WORK

THERE.

WE'RE WORKING IN THAILAND

WITH A NUMBER OF HEALING

PLACES.

SO WE CONTINUE TO EXPAND OUR

EFFORTS AS WE'RE ABLE.

BOTH "OPERATION BLESSING"

AND "ORPHANS' PROMISE" HAVE

A SET FREE PAGE THAT PEOPLE

CAN GO TO.

Gordon: IF YOU WANT

MORE INFORMATION, GO TO

THOSE WEBSITES.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP

FINANCIALLY TO STOP SEX

TRAFFICKING, WE HAVE A

SPECIAL DESIGNATED FUND,

WHERE ALL OF IT GOES TO THAT

WORK.

AND ITS CALLED "SET FREE

NOW."

SO IF YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE

TO THAT, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO

IS CALL US.

THE NUMBER IS TOLL-FREE,

1-888-777-1999.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO GIVE

TO "SET FREE NOW."

IF YOU WANT TO DONATE BY

CHECK, JUST WRITE "SET FREE

NOW" IN THE MEMO LINE.

AND THERE IS ALSO A PLACE ON

THE DONATION PAGE ON

cbn.com, WHERE YOU CAN

DESIGNATE YOUR GIFT TO "SET

FREE NOW."

SO DO IT NOW.

STILL AHEAD, SEE HOW VIEWERS

LIKE YOU ARE WORKING TO END

SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE HOLY

LAND, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

Terry: IT MAY BE HARD

TO BELIEVE, BUT THERE ARE

20 MILLION TO 30 MILLION

SLAVES WORLDWIDE.

EVEN IF SOMEONE IS LUCKY

ENOUGH TO ESCAPE, THEY HAVE

NO MONEY.

THEY HAVE NO IDENTITY.

AND WITHOUT THAT, MANY LOSE

THEIR CHILDREN, TOO.

SO MANY PEOPLE, THEY'RE

UNWILLING TO GO TO THE

PROSTUTOR OR TRAFFICKED

WOMAN BECAUSE THEY'RE AFRAID

WHAT OF ISSUES ARE.

IT IS KEY THAT "OPERATION

BLESSING" IS PART OF THE

PROJECT.

WORKING WITH ONE OF THE

TOP-NOTCH PEOPLE IN ISRAEL,

HER ORGANIZATION IS THE HOT

LINE, WHERE THE WOMEN COME

TO RITA.

SHE HAS WON SEVERAL AWARDS,

NOT ONLY FROM THE U.S. STATE

DEPARTMENT, BUT FROM THE

PRESIDENT HERE IN ISRAEL.

SHE HAS CHANGED LAWS IN THIS

LAND.

SHE HAS BEEN THROUGH COURT

TO COME AGAINST THE

TRAFFICKERS THAT ARE

BRINGING PEOPLE INTO

ISRAEL.

WHEN YOU'RE TRAFFICKED, ALL

OF YOUR IDENTITY IS STRIPPED

AWAY, SO THAT YOU'RE UNDER

THE CONTROL OF THE

TRAFFICKER.

SO THEY HAVE NO WAY OF

PROVING WHO THEY ACTUALLY

ARE.

THROUGH RITA'S ORGANIZATION,

WITH THE HELP OF "OPERATION

BLESSING," THESE WOMEN ARE

TAKEN THROUGH THE PROCESS OF

GETTING BACK THEIR

DOCUMENTATION, AND ACTUALLY

LEGALLY HAVE STATUS, NOT

ONLY WHERE THEY'RE COMING

FROM, BUT THEY COULD HAVE

STATUS IN ISRAEL.

THIS WOMAN HAS HELPED,

AND FROM 2002 UNTIL NOW,

THEY HELPED 1,200 WOMEN, WHO

WERE SMUGGLED THROUGH

EGYPT'S BORDER TO ISRAEL.

IN MANY CASES, THEY'RE A

SINGLE MOTHER, AND THERE ARE

A LOT OF PROBLEMS.

WITHOUT THE HELP OF

"OPERATION BLESSING," I

DON'T KNOW WHAT WE WILL DO.

I CAME TO ISRAEL IN THE

YEAR 2000.

I WAS TAKEN HERE, AND I WAS

TOLD I'M SUPPOSED TO WORK IN

THE SEX INDUSTRY.

I WAS BEATEN MANY TIMES.

ALL OF NI BELONGING MY

BELONGINGS AND ALL OF MY

DOCUMENTS WERE TAKEN AWAY

FROM ME.

UNTIL THE MOMENT I REALIZED

I HAVE NO CHOICE BECAUSE I

COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED.

I WASN'T KEPT IN THE SAME

PLACE BECAUSE I WAS SOLD AND

BOUGHT BY MANY PEOPLE.

I MOVED FROM ONE PLACE TO

THE OTHER.

I I WAS IN SLAVERY FOR TWO

YEARS.

I WAS VERY CLOSE TO

COMMITTING SUICIDE.

UNTIL THERE APPEARED A

PERSON WHO HELPED ME.

AND THEN I WENT TO THE

POLICE AND THEY PUT ME INTO

THE SHELTER, AND CONVICTED

ME OF TRAFFICKING.

UNTIL THAT PERIOD OF TIME, I

DIDN'T HAVE ANY DOCUMENTS,

NO VISA, NO PASSPORT.

AND I STAYED IN A SHELTER

FOR FOUR YEARS.

AFTER THAT I WAS TOLD THEY

DON'T HAVE ANY POSSIBILITIES

TO KEEP ME LONGER.

AND THEN I MOVED TO THIS

PLACE, AND THEY SUPPORTED

ME.

FOR THE TIME BEING, I'M NOT

A CITIZEN.

I DON'T GET ANY ASSISTANCE

FROM THE GOVERNMENT, EVEN

THOUGH MY CHILDREN ARE

CITIZENS.

THOSE WHO ARE SOLD AND WHO

HAVE HAD THIS, I SUGGEST TO

FIND SOME STRENGTH DEEP DOWN

IN THERE, AND DO NOT LET

OTHERS TO ABUSE THEM ANY

LONGER.

I WOULD HIGHLY SUGGEST TO

THE WOMEN WHO ESCAPED FROM

THIS SEX SLAVERY TO COME TO

THIS ORGANIZATION AND ASK

FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR

THE SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM,

I DON'T THINK I WOULD HAVE

HAD THE MEANS TO SURVIVE,

AND TO PROVIDE FOOD FOR MY

CHILDREN, AND TO PAY THE

BILLS AND SO ON.

I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR THIS

ORGANIZATION TO HAVE THIS

PRIVILEGE, AND TO HAVE THEIR

SUPPORT.

I THINK IT IS KEY THAT WE

ARE STANDING HERE.

I THINK IT IS KEY WE ARE THE

ONES STANDING WITH RITA AND

THE TRAFFICKED WOMENMENT

WE'R WOMEN.

WE'RE NOT AFRAID TO GO IN.

BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN

TRAFFICKED THEY COULD LOSE

THEIR CHILDREN, TO THE PLACE

OF OUR SUPPORT, HELPING

THEM, SO THEY CAN EVEN KEEP

THEIR CHILDREN, I THINK IS

SOMETHING BEYOND WORDSMENT

WORDS.

Terry: QUITE

ASTONISHING TO THINK THAT

SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS GOING

ON IN THE HOLY LAND.

Gordon: IN THE HOLY

LAND.

Terry: IT IS QUITE

SURPRISING.

A LOT OF WHERE THESE HUBBS

ARE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH

TRAFFIC, NOT TRAFFICKING,

BUT TRAFFIC.

WHERE PEOPLE FLY THROUGH

CONSISTENTLY, AND WHERE

SHIPPING COMES IN AND OUT

OF.

EVEN IN THE UNITED STATES,

WHERE FREEWAYS CROSS AND OUR

MAJOR CROSSROADS AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

WE REALLY CAN MAKE A

DIFFERENCE BY BEING THERE,

AS THE WOMAN JUST SAID IN

THAT LAST STATEMENT.

IT IS ALL ABOUT BEING

AVAILABLE AND HAVING A PLACE

FOR WOMEN TO COME TO FOR

HEALING.

WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

AND THERE ARE MANY OF THOSE

SAFE HOUSES ACROSS THE

COUNTRY AND AROUND THE

WORLD.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A

PART OF MAKING THAT

POSSIBLE, DO WHAT GORDON

SAID, GIVE TO "SET FREE

NOW."

WE'RE INVOLVED IN SEEING

THAT HAPPEN AND SUPPORTING

IT.

OUR NUMBER IS

1-888-777-1999.

OR YOU CAN LOG ON TO

CBN.COM.

GORDON?

Gordon: UP NEXT, THE

PRODUCER WHO MADE MILLIONS

BY EXPLOITING WOMEN, UNTIL

ONE OF THOSE WOMEN GOT HER

REVENGE.

AFTER THREE PILLS OF

ECSTASY, ONE FOR EACH OF HER

FRIENDS, NOT KNOWING SHE HAD

HAD ABOUT A MONTH-LONG

CONVERSATION WITH THE LOCAL

POLICE DEPARTMENT ABOUT ME,

AND ABOUT GETTING HER

PICTURES OFF THE INTERNET.

Gordon: SEE WHAT TOOK

THIS KING OF PORN OUT, WHEN

WE COME BACK.

Gordon: INTERNET

PORNOGRAPHY HAS BEEN CALLED

THE CRACK COCAINE OF THE

DIGITAL AGE.

ANY TYPE OF SEXUAL FANTASY

IS JUST A CLICK AWAY.

JEFF MYERS KNOWS THIS

FIRSTHAND BECAUSE HE HELPED

CREATE IT.

I WAS ONE OF THE LARGEST

PRODUCERS OF ONLINE

PORNOGRAPHY IN THE COUNTRY.

I HAD 1.3 MILLION REGISTERED

IMAGES, A STAGGERING

NUMBER.

AND WE HAD THOUSANDS AND

THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF

HOURS OF VIDEO.

Reporter: JEFF MYERS

NEVER SET OUT TO BECOME A

PORNOGRAPHER, BUT BY HIS

LATE 30s, HE WAS KING OF

AN ONLINE PORNOGRAPHY

EMPIRE.

MY SOUL WAS STERILE.

I REALLY HAD NO CONSCIENCE.

IT WAS ALL ABOUT ME, MAKING

AS MUCH MONEY AS I COULD

POSSIBLY MAKE.

Reporter: JEFF WAS

DRIVEN BY DEEP INSECURITIES

THAT BEGAN IN HIS

CHILDHOOD.

I NEVER REALLY MEASURED

UP.

I WAS ALWAYS TRYING TO

OBTAIN SOMETHING I COULD

NEVER GET TO.

IT KIND OF CENTERED AROUND

MONEY.

THE MORE MONEY I COULD GET,

THE MORE SUCCESSFUL I FELT

OR I COULD MAKE MYSELF LOOK

TO OTHERS.

Reporter: HE MARRIED IN

HIS EARLY 30s, BUT AFTER

FIVE YEARS THEY DIVORCED, AS

HE BEGAN SPENDING MUCH OF

HIS TIME AND MONEY IN STRIP

CLUBS.

IT REALLY BECAME MY

SECOND LIFESTYLE.

I WAS SPENDING THOUSANDS OF

DOLLARS A WEEK IN THESE

CLUBS, VYING FOR THE FAKE

ATTENTION FROM THESE YOUNG

LADIES.

WITHIN A SHORT PERIOD OF

TIME, THAT LIFESTYLE, LITTLE

BY LITTLE, BECAME REAL TO

ME.

I HAD TO HAVE THIS

ATTENTION.

IT MADE ME FEEL IMPORTANT.

FOR KIND OF THE FIRST TIME

IN MY LIFE, EVEN THOUGH IT

WAS FAKE, IT DIDN'T MATTER.

I FELT LIKE I WAS IMPORTANT,

IMPORTANT TO SOMEBODY.

Reporter: ONE NIGHT A

DANCER TOLD HIM SHE WANTED

HELP STARTING HER OWN

PORNOGRAPHIC WEBSITE.

I'M THINKING IN THE BACK

OF MY HEAD, WELL, I COULD DO

THAT.

AND SO I DID.

THE FIRST WEEK WE DID $6,000

IN SALES.

BUT WITHIN A YEAR, I HAD 19

WEBSITES.

WE WERE DOING SALES OF

$30,000 TO $40,000 A MONTH.

BETWEEN THE MONEY AND THE

ATTENTION OF THESE GIRLS I

WAS GETTING, I WAS INSTANTLY

HOOK.

IN TWO YEARS I SOLD MY WHOLE

PROGRAM FOR $2.5 MILLION.

Reporter: FOR THREE

MORE YEARS, JEFF PRODUCED

PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIAL.

HE BEGAN TAKING THE DRUG

ECSTASY TO GET HIM THROUGH

THE DAYS AND NIGHTS.

IT WAS ABOUT 150 HOURS A

WEEK OF DRUG-INDUCED FAKE

HAPPINESS.

IT IS AS FAR FROM REAL AS

YOU CAN GET.

I KNEW I WAS DESTROYING

LIVES AT THIS POINT, BUT AT

THIS POINT IT KIND OF CAUGHT

UP TO ME THAT WHAT I WAS

DOING FOR DISASTEROUS.

NOT ONLY FOR THE MODELS THAT

WERE WORKING FOR ME, BUT FOR

PEOPLE IN GENERAL.

I KNEW SOMETHING WAS GOING

TO HAVE TO GIVE.

BUT I STUCK TO IT.

AND THIS DRUG KEPT ME

HAPPY.

AS MUCH AS I HAD PEOPLE

AROUND ME, I WAS SO

COMPLETELY ALONE.

THERE WERE MANY NIGHTS I WAS

JUST BY MYSELF, JUST ALONE.

Reporter: ONE OF HIS

MODELS ASKED JEFF TO REMOVE

HER PHOTOS FROM THE

INTERNET, BUT HE HAD ALREADY

SOLD THEM.

SHE ALSO ASKED FOR ECSTASY

FOR SOME FRIENDS AND

HERSELF.

FINALLY JEFF SAID YES.

I GRABBED HER THREE PILLS

OF ECSTASY, ONE FOR EACH OF

HER FRIENDS.

NOT KNOWING SHE HAD HAD

ABOUT A MONTH-LONG

CONVERSATION WITH THE LOCAL

POLICE DEPARTMENT ABOUT ME

AND ABOUT GETTING HER

PICTURES OFF THE INTERNET.

Reporter: WITHIN A FEW

HOURS, SEVERAL DRUG

ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS RAIDED

HIS HOME AND ARRESTED JEFF.

THEY CHARGED ME WITH

MANUFACTURING AND

DISTRIBUTING

METHAMPHETAMINE, ECSTASY,

AND TOOK EVERYTHING I

OWNED.

CLEARED ME OUT AND LEFT ME

KIND OF SITTING IN THIS BIG

HOUSE, LOOKING AROUND,

WONDERING WHAT IN THE WORLD

HAS JUST HAPPENED TO ME.

I WAS SEVERELY DEPRESSED.

EVERYONE HAD ABANDONED ME.

I WENT UPSTAIRS, GRABBED A

BOTTLE OF VODKA AND VICODIN

AND TOOK ALL 20 AND DRANK A

FIFTH OF VODKA, AND PREPARED

TO DIE.

BUT FOR SOME REASON, I WOKE

UP THE NEXT MORNING.

AND I REALIZED, I NEED HELP

AND I CAN'T DO THIS ON MY

OWN.

I SO DESPERATELY WANTED

SOMEBODY TO REACH OUT TO

ME.

AND I WAS ALONE, AND I

NEEDED SOMEBODY, SOMETHING.

Reporter: HE DROVE TO A

CHRISTIAN CAMP HE ATTENDED

AS A YOUNG MAN.

THAT NIGHT THEY GAVE AN

ALTER CALL, AND JEFF WAS ONE

OF THE FIRST TO COME

FORWARD.

HE PRAYED AND ASKED GOD TO

FORGIVE HIS SINS AND GIVE

HIM A NEW START.

I DON'T KNOW IF THIS GOD

THING IS GOING TO WORK.

I HAD DONE WAY TOO MUCH.

IN MY MIND, I HAD GONE WAY

OFF THE DEEP END, AND THERE

WAS NO REDEMPTIVE VALUE FOR

ME.

I WASN'T WORTHY.

I DEPUTY FEE DIDN'T FEEL

LIKE A CHRISTIAN.

Reporter: HE SOUGHT OUT

AN OLD FRIEND FROM CAMP WHO

HAD BECOME A PASTOR.

WITHIN A NEW DAYS, HE HAD

MOVED IN WITH THE PASTOR AND

HIS FAMILY.

HE WAS REALLY BROKEN AND

SEARCHING.

HE FELT LIKE HE HAD A CHANCE

TO COME DOWN TO STRANGERS,

AND I KNEW OUR CHURCH WOULD

OFFER GRACE AND LOVE, AND HE

NEEDED THAT.

Reporter: WHAT THEY DID

IS JUST WHAT JESUS WOULD

HAVE DONE.

HE DIDN'T LOOK AT MY PAST.

HE DEPUTY LOO DIDN'T LOOK

AT WHAT I WAS DOING, HOW I

WAS ACTING.

THEY JUST LOVED ME.

THEY WRAPPED THEIR ARMS

AROUND ME AND LOVED ON ME

AND TOOK CARE OF ME, BEYOND

WHAT I COULD EVEN POSSIBLY

HAVE IMAGINED.

THAT MEANT EVERYTHING.

THAT WAS CONFIRMATION THAT

THAT GRACE WAS REAL.

Reporter: JEFF SPENT

HIS DAYS READING THE BIBLE

AND LISTENING TO WORSHIP

MUSIC.

BEFORE LONG, HE NOTICED

SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL

DAYS, I WOULD WAKE UP WITH A

WORSHIP SONG ON MY MIND,

ALWAYS A DIFFERENT ONE.

IT WAS LIKE I WAS BEING

WASHED FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

I HAD NO RECONCILIATION OF

ANYTHING I PRODUCED, OR ANY

OF THOSE IMAGES.

IT WAS GONE.

IT WAS LIKE HE USED THAT

MUSIC AND SOMETHING I HAD

READ TO KIND OF CLEANSE ME

AND MAKE ME NEW.

AND THAT'S THE POINT WHERE I

SAID, WOW, HE CAN FIX ME?

ME?

WITH THE MESS AND THE

MILLIONS OF LIVES THAT I'VE

TOUCHED IN A VERY, VERY

NEGATIVE WAY, BUT HE STILL

LOVES ME -- IT BLOWS MY

MIND.

Reporter: JEFF WAS

SENTENCED TO A YEAR IN

PRISON.

HE USED THE TIME TO STUDY

THE BIBLE AND PRAY.

AFTER HIS RELEASE, HE USED

HIS INTERNET DEVELOPMENT

SKILLS AND STARTED A NEW

WEBSITE "GOD TV."

HE HAS GIVEN ME THE

OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE GOD'S

LOVE.

IT IS KIND OF MY PERSONAL

MISSION OF REDEMPTION.

IT IS, LIKE, OKAY, GOD,

YOU'VE GIVEN ME THESE

SKILLS.

LET'S USE THEM FOR YOUR

GLORY.

Reporter: HE SAYS HE

HAS EXPERIENCED THE LOVE AND

GRACE OF GOD.

MY LIFE WAS A DISASTER.

I WAS A DRUG-ADDICTED

PORNOGRAPHIC PORNOGRAPHER.

BUT HE HAS TAKEN ME AND

LOVED ME DESPITE MYSELF.

HE HAS TAKEN WHAT SATAN

MEANT FOR EVIL AND TURNED IT

INTO SOMETHING AMAZING, JUST

FOR THE PROOF OF GOD'S

AMAZING GRACE.

THE THINGS HE CAN DO AND THE

RESTORATION HE CAN MAKE,

BLOWS MY MIND STILL.

Gordon: THE

RESURRECTION HE CAN MAKE

WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.

DON'T BE LIKE JEFF AND THINK

THAT YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR.

YOU HAVEN'T.

THERE IS NO PLACE YOU CAN GO

WHERE YOU CAN OUTRUN HIS

LOVE.

THE PSALMIST SAID: "I MADE

MY BED IN HELL, AND BEHOLD

YOU ARE THERE."

DON'T THINK YOU HAVE TO

CLEAN UP FIRST.

THERE IS A REASON THERE ARE

THESE WONDERFUL STORIES IN

THE BIBLE.

HERE IS A STORY FOR YOU.

THERE WAS A THIEF ON A

CROSS, AND HE WAS RIGHT NEXT

TO JESUS.

AND HE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT HE

DISNEDESEVERED TO DIE FOR

DESERVED TO DIE FOR WHAT HE

HAD DONE.

AND THEN HE ACKNOWLEDGED

THAT JESUS, INDEED, THE

MESSIAH.

THAT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE

SUFFERING OF JESUS ON THE

CROSS, HERE IS A THIEF

PROCLAIMING HIM AS THE

SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.

AND HE SAYS TO HIM, "LORD,

REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU COME

INTO YOUR KINGDOM."

HE HAD THE FAITH TO BELIEVE,

EVEN AS HE WAS BEING

CRUCIFIED.

"LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU

COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM

KINGDOM."

I LOVE THE RESPONSE FROM

JESUS: "THIS DAY YOU WILL BE

WITH ME IN PARADISE."

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A

CHRISTIAN?

IT TAKES YOU BELIEVING.

NOW, DO YOU HAVE TO TURN

FROM YOUR SINS?

YES.

BUT ONCE YOU DO, THE BIBLE

SAYS "BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE

MADE NEW."

YOU'RE A NEW CREATION.

HE GIVES YOU A NEW SPIRIT, A

NEW MIND, A NEW HEART.

HE RECREATES YOU FROM YOUR

INNERMOST BEING.

IF YOU CONFESS YOUR SINS, HE

IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO

FORGIVE YOU AND CLEANSE YOU

FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.

THAT'S WHAT HAPPENED TO

JEFF.

HE GOT CLEANSED, WHERE HE

DOESN'T EVEN REMEMBER IT

ANYMORE.

IF YOU WANT THAT, IT'S YOURS

FOR THE ASKING.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS PRAY.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ASK.

AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS

BELIEVE.

AND IT'S A SIMPLE PRAYER.

PRAY THE PRAYER OF THE THIEF

ON THE CROSS.

"LORD, REMEMBER ME WHEN YOU

COME INTO YOUR KINGDOM."

AND IF YOU DO THAT WITH ALL

OF YOUR HEART, HE'LL ANSWER

AND HE'LL SET YOU FREE.

FROM WHATEVER PRISON YOU'VE

PUT YOURSELF INTO.

IT COULD BE A PRISON OF

PORNOGRAPHY, DRUGS,

ALCOHOL -- WHATEVER THE

PROBLEM, JESUS IS THE

ANSWER.

IF YOU WANT SOMEONE TO PRAY

WITH YOU, WE'VE GOT A

TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR YOU.

AND IT IS EASY.

JUST CALL IT.

1-888-777-1999.

AND JUST SAY, I WANT TO KNOW

JESUS, AND I WANT TO GET

SAVED.

THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE

FOR THIS PROGRAM.

WE LEAVE YOU WITH THESE

WORDS FROM PSALM 24: "WHO IS

THIS KING OF GLORY?

THE LORD, STRONG AND

MIGHTY.

THE LORD, MIGHTY IN

BATTLE."

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-CHRISTIAN WORLD NEWS,

JULY 18, 2014.

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