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November 14, 2019
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  • it sounds so unbelievable to-to even think
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  • that something like that could be true.
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  • DAVE: They just rescued two kids.
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  • This lead law enforcement official came to ZOE.
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  • He's like, "You got to take 'em.
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  • "They're gonna need a padded room, basically,
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  • for 24 hours, they've been so drugged up."
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  • They're like, "We can't do it. We-we don't have enough staff
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  • to even pull this off." He goes, "Listen..."
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  • He goes, "Let's just see what your God can do."
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  • I'm Kirk Cameron, and I get to meet
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  • some pretty amazing people.
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  • These are people who totally inspire me
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  • with their hearts full of faith,
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  • character and courage.
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  • They push their limits, they think outside the box
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  • and bravely use their gifts and talents
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  • to bless others.
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  • And today, we get to spend some time...
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  • In today's fast-paced culture,
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  • we can get so wrapped up in our own personal lives
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  • that sometimes it's easy to miss
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  • major problems happening in the world.
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  • And not just in the world, but also in our own community.
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  • Sometimes in our own backyard.
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  • That's why I invited over some of my friends
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  • who have literally dedicated their lives to addressing
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  • one of the most serious problems in the world today,
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  • human trafficking.
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  • David Cox, Ester Yu and Dr. Jason Plunkett.
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  • They work with ZOE International, a nonprofit
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  • who works with law enforcement
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  • to rescue young people out of human trafficking
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  • and bring them hope, healing and restoration.
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  • Hey, guys. Welcome.
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  • -Thank you. -Thank... thanks so much.
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  • -Great to see you. Hey, Dave. -Good to see you.
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  • -How you doing? Hi. -Hey, Jason.
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  • Great to see you guys. I am so inspired
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  • by the work that you do.
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  • And I think a lot of people would just like to know, um,
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  • how you got involved in this particular kind of work.
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  • Jason, what-what's a little of your background,
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  • and how did you get involved with ZOE's work?
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  • I've actually been a therapist working
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  • with juvenile sex offenders and with gang members.
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  • And if you put those two risk... risk factors together,
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  • that's actually human trafficking.
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  • I went to a ZOE walk two years ago, and after,
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  • I was... I was so inspired,
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  • specifically by hearing our founder Carol speak,
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  • that I literally just asked the Lord, how can I be a part?
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  • Months later, uh, I had the opportunity to, uh, meet Carol,
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  • and I then became one of the United States directors.
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  • And ZOE International is-is obviously international
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  • all over the world.
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  • David, how did you get involved in this work
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  • of-of, uh, human trafficking?
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  • Yeah-- really unexpectedly.
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  • Uh, so I... you know, I was a pastor for many years--
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  • I have background in law enforcement and also ministry--
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  • and I was a pastor going out to vet ZOE as an organization.
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  • I'd just heard about it and was checking it out for a church,
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  • and as I went out there,
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  • I was really overcome and surprised by...
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  • the level of work that I saw.
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  • It was much more expansive, powerful.
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  • And I started by bringing some
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  • law enforcement teams over to Thailand,
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  • uh, at the request of Royal Thai Police,
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  • to do training, so I've got law enforcement connections here.
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  • So they actually asked ZOE if they could provide
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  • some tactical training
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  • from U.S. to supplement the-the work that they're doing
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  • and train their officers, so I brought a team over,
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  • began working with them.
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  • There's a call that God gives to each of us,
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  • and I ended up getting called in to ZOE.
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  • But it was so unexpected.
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  • -I didn't know that going over there. -Hmm.
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  • And-and, Ester, h-how did you come together
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  • with these guys and start working with ZOE?
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  • Uh, my husband is a pastor at a church,
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  • and we'd always wanted to do, um,
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  • work that involved social justice and gospel work.
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  • We went on a scout trip
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  • to ZOE Thailand, heard about
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  • human trafficking there and the work that they were doing.
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  • So our family went out there for five years as missionaries
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  • and have returned for the last two years here
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  • -in L.A. -What does ZOE mean, by the way?
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  • That's-that's got to have a special meaning to it.
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  • You know, it's-it's a Greek word, so when Jesus said,
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  • "I've come to give life, and life abundant,"
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  • he's come to give zoe.
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  • So it represents the life of God that's transformative,
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  • and so that's the definition of ZOE.
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  • So tell us what ZOE actually does to help rescue these kids.
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  • NARRATOR: We've been able to reach thousands of people
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  • with the gospel both here in Thailand and in Japan.
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  • Through our Mercy Network ministry, we've been able
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  • to partner with local pastors all around Thailand,
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  • empowering them to reach their community.
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  • NARRATOR 2: Our grand opening for our new child protection center
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  • this past year was amazing.
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  • I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations
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  • and appreciation to ZOE's staff,
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  • because the work you do is incredibly important.
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  • NARRATOR 2: We have been getting more and more requests
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  • from the Thai government to take more children
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  • into our Child Rescue Center.
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  • NARRATOR 3: ZOE Mexico has been strategizing
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  • with local government
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  • and national anti-trafficking leaders,
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  • and we are in the process of establishing
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  • our ZOE offices located in the city center of Oaxaca.
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  • NARRATOR 4: ZOE Los Angeles was able to help Los Angeles County
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  • provide trauma-informed activities
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  • and resources throughout the year
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  • to over 100 youth survivors.
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  • NARRATOR 5: ZOE is the first nonprofit in Northern Thailand
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  • to be officially licensed as a child protection center
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  • for human trafficking.
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  • We have a three-prong approach.
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  • It's prevention, rescue and restoration.
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  • -Hmm. -So, in prevention, we do
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  • a prevention campaign to bring awareness
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  • about human trafficking.
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  • We go to remote parts of, um, villages
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  • and communities where they may never have heard
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  • of human trafficking.
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  • Oftentimes, um,
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  • families are approached by even sometimes someone they know
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  • and, um, deceived-- you know, offered a job
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  • or schooling for their child, and instead, this, um,
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  • child is put into exploitation, and so we're raising awareness.
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  • In schools, we do campaigns in schools.
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  • So we do prevention as well as rescue.
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  • Going in and working with law enforcement,
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  • social welfare, other nonprofits,
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  • and helping to identify and investigate any cases
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  • that are existing with child trafficking,
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  • and then going and rescuing these children
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  • from those situations.
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  • And then restoration.
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  • Oftentimes, these children
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  • are then placed in Thailand
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  • at our children's home there, and...
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  • where they're able to receive
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  • care, love and restoration.
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  • KIRK: When you just say the-the phrase,
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  • "human trafficking," it-it just...
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  • it sounds so unbelievable to-to even think
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  • that something like that could be true, that human beings
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  • are being bought and sold and trafficked
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  • and used for horrific purposes.
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  • Would you just-just clarify for everybody who's listening,
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  • what exactly is human trafficking?
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  • I mean, it's the buying and selling o-of children.
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  • Similar to drug trafficking,
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  • the illegal sales of drugs or weapons.
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  • I mean, how-how does this even exist in the year 2019?
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  • What-what... what do you attribute that kind of evil to?
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  • It's the business model. It's the business model concept
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  • of it, and it dehumanizes a person.
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  • So what it does, it looks at a human being much as an object
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  • and not a human anymore.
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  • Much like Dave said, the number one return on investment
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  • is stealing.
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  • So what happens is that these individuals steal these people.
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  • They steal individuals. They steal their identity.
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  • Whether they be children or adults.
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  • They utilize force, fraud or coercion to be able to do so.
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  • There is traffickers that are making up to
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  • $1.000 a day off of just one person.
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  • And they have multiple people.
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  • So, what they've identified is that they're being able
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  • to profit more off of human beings
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  • than objects.
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  • So we-we've identified this as, uh, abuse for profit.
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  • And I... and I understand that sometimes, when the children
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  • are, um, brought into the custody of law enforcement,
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  • that they're actually being prosecuted as prostitutes
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  • and put in jail sometimes, rather than receiving the help
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  • and the rescue that they need.
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  • That is exactly what was happening.
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  • The-the poor child was getting abused
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  • by the person trafficking.
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  • They were getting abused by the judicial system
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  • of identifying them as a prostitute.
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  • They were being abused by, sometimes, the law enforcement,
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  • identifying them, um, by some derogatory name
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  • that-that... in regards to prostitution as well.
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  • Right now, there's a huge campaign
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  • that we've been standing behind our L.A. supervisors,
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  • that there is no such thing as a child prostitute.
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  • A child cannot give consent over their body,
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  • much less give consent over their abuse.
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  • -Mm. That's a good point. -So we've identified that
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  • -it's child abuse for profit. -So, in California,
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  • a law was passed where children are no longer arrested
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  • for being trafficked, really, and this whole campaign of
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  • "no such thing as a child prostitute," so now,
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  • when a child is recovered off the streets,
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  • after having been exploited,
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  • they are provided victim services.
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  • Rather than being prosecuted for prostitution.
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  • Right. It's a child welfare issue at this point.
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  • LAPD, th-their human trafficking division,
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  • which launched three years ago,
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  • they have over 1.700 arrests, but when they...
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  • when you're taking custody of a child, it's a...
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  • it's a child welfare issue now.
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  • They've been victimized, and they're trying
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  • -to get those kids help. -JASON: So it's an empathic approach,
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  • in regards to identifying the person
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  • as not "What did you do?" but "What happened to you?"
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  • about this oasis in Thailand
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  • where these children are protected and they're nourished
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  • and they're restored, and so much healing comes to them.
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  • The main concept behind it is really just love.
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  • It's God's love and being able to just shower them
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  • with God's love.
  • 00:08:54.140 --> 00:08:55.290
  • Our approach is a lot-- it's a family...
  • 00:08:56.000 --> 00:08:57.180
  • it's a family-oriented approach, but still utilizing
  • 00:08:57.190 --> 00:08:59.160
  • concepts in regard to therapy
  • 00:08:59.170 --> 00:09:01.110
  • -and biblical counseling. -ESTER: Oftentimes, when they
  • 00:09:01.120 --> 00:09:03.060
  • first arrive, um, they've sometimes
  • 00:09:03.070 --> 00:09:04.280
  • been told by law enforcement
  • 00:09:04.290 --> 00:09:06.050
  • that they would only be with us for a couple days.
  • 00:09:06.060 --> 00:09:08.130
  • They've often been told different stories,
  • 00:09:08.140 --> 00:09:10.050
  • and they don't know who to believe,
  • 00:09:10.060 --> 00:09:11.220
  • and they're trying to run away.
  • 00:09:11.230 --> 00:09:13.290
  • So, oftentimes, when they're with us in our safe house,
  • 00:09:14.000 --> 00:09:17.060
  • um, we are-are there next to them 24 hours,
  • 00:09:17.070 --> 00:09:19.110
  • um, just providing care, trying to assure them
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  • that we're-we're safe people.
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  • -KIRK: Yeah. -And that we love and care for them.
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  • And providing them with whatever they need immediately
  • 00:09:25.070 --> 00:09:28.090
  • in terms of any medical needs or clothing or food.
  • 00:09:28.100 --> 00:09:32.170
  • Oftentimes, their days and nights are flipped.
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  • A lot of the young girls, they're up all night,
  • 00:09:34.270 --> 00:09:37.050
  • and they sleep through the day,
  • 00:09:37.060 --> 00:09:38.160
  • and so there's a time of adjustment.
  • 00:09:38.170 --> 00:09:40.060
  • -Yeah. -Our social workers will stay up with them
  • 00:09:40.070 --> 00:09:42.070
  • through the night, making sure that they're okay,
  • 00:09:42.080 --> 00:09:44.010
  • and just being there with them if they need
  • 00:09:44.020 --> 00:09:46.010
  • to talk through anything, helping them to
  • 00:09:46.020 --> 00:09:47.210
  • explain the process of what's gonna happen.
  • 00:09:47.220 --> 00:09:49.230
  • Once they're ready to move from the safe house
  • 00:09:49.240 --> 00:09:51.150
  • into the children's home, they're placed in family units,
  • 00:09:51.160 --> 00:09:54.050
  • where they have caregivers, um, that really want to create
  • 00:09:54.060 --> 00:09:57.210
  • -an atmosphere of family... -KIRK: Right.
  • 00:09:57.220 --> 00:09:59.200
  • ...with-with other children that are there.
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  • They are provided with
  • 00:10:00.290 --> 00:10:02.090
  • extracurricular activities, schooling,
  • 00:10:02.100 --> 00:10:04.090
  • uh, vocational training if needed,
  • 00:10:04.100 --> 00:10:06.110
  • um, counseling, as well as, um, visits with their family
  • 00:10:06.120 --> 00:10:08.210
  • if it's safe for them
  • 00:10:08.220 --> 00:10:10.010
  • to visit their family.
  • 00:10:10.020 --> 00:10:11.150
  • With the kind of abuse that they have experienced--
  • 00:10:11.160 --> 00:10:14.220
  • and we're talking about things that most of us,
  • 00:10:14.230 --> 00:10:16.190
  • uh, have never even heard of or-or would even conceive
  • 00:10:16.200 --> 00:10:19.230
  • that these things could be real for these children--
  • 00:10:19.240 --> 00:10:22.110
  • is it possible to rehabilitate them?
  • 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:24.100
  • Is it possible for them really to have a restoration
  • 00:10:24.110 --> 00:10:26.230
  • and-and be healthy kids again?
  • 00:10:26.240 --> 00:10:28.260
  • Through counseling and, um,
  • 00:10:28.270 --> 00:10:31.060
  • sharing their stories, we provide a safe setting
  • 00:10:31.070 --> 00:10:32.290
  • in terms of, like, art therapy,
  • 00:10:33.000 --> 00:10:35.030
  • and our key is really building relationships.
  • 00:10:35.040 --> 00:10:38.000
  • And I think that's really the healing that happens. It's...
  • 00:10:38.010 --> 00:10:41.130
  • We've realized through the trauma that they've experienced,
  • 00:10:41.140 --> 00:10:44.020
  • um, healing can happen through relationships and love.
  • 00:10:44.030 --> 00:10:47.040
  • And that's really some of the... the trouble that's there
  • 00:10:47.050 --> 00:10:49.180
  • is children who don't feel capable of receiving the love
  • 00:10:49.190 --> 00:10:53.020
  • that's offered to them.
  • 00:10:53.030 --> 00:10:54.100
  • Um, you can provide the best facilities,
  • 00:10:54.110 --> 00:10:55.280
  • have the best staff, but if a child doesn't feel safe,
  • 00:10:55.290 --> 00:10:59.140
  • and if they don't feel like they can trust you,
  • 00:10:59.150 --> 00:11:01.130
  • they won't receive that.
  • 00:11:01.140 --> 00:11:02.170
  • We've seen children who are violent and,
  • 00:11:02.180 --> 00:11:05.020
  • um, who are angry, who had nightmares,
  • 00:11:05.030 --> 00:11:07.270
  • and really received healing through God.
  • 00:11:07.280 --> 00:11:10.100
  • And-and the love that they've received at the care at ZOE.
  • 00:11:10.110 --> 00:11:13.140
  • And, Dave, I know that-that you say that there's a powerful
  • 00:11:13.150 --> 00:11:17.060
  • spiritual component to their healing.
  • 00:11:17.070 --> 00:11:18.230
  • -Oh, yeah. -Could you talk a little bit more about that?
  • 00:11:18.240 --> 00:11:20.260
  • Absolutely. You know, it's holistic.
  • 00:11:20.270 --> 00:11:22.020
  • You know, we're whole people.
  • 00:11:22.030 --> 00:11:23.100
  • There's emotional, there's physical,
  • 00:11:23.110 --> 00:11:25.200
  • but there's a spiritual aspect to it.
  • 00:11:25.210 --> 00:11:27.220
  • One of the thing... I remember being in a training, actually,
  • 00:11:27.230 --> 00:11:30.000
  • in L.A., and I heard one of the... somebody said,
  • 00:11:30.010 --> 00:11:32.070
  • "Well, the best we can do is teach them coping mechanisms."
  • 00:11:32.080 --> 00:11:35.050
  • But Jesus goes well beyond a coping mechanism.
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  • He does life transformation. That's His specialty.
  • 00:11:37.200 --> 00:11:39.170
  • That's God's specialty. That's what He does.
  • 00:11:39.180 --> 00:11:42.030
  • And we believe it, and we see it, so...
  • 00:11:42.040 --> 00:11:44.020
  • part of it is, we will care for the whole person.
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  • We'll give 'em the best of the best.
  • 00:11:46.160 --> 00:11:48.030
  • We'll give them the best counseling,
  • 00:11:48.040 --> 00:11:50.030
  • psychological help and assessment,
  • 00:11:50.040 --> 00:11:51.270
  • and we will equip 'em physically, vocationally,
  • 00:11:51.280 --> 00:11:54.150
  • but at the end of the day,
  • 00:11:54.160 --> 00:11:56.000
  • there's also a spiritual component.
  • 00:11:56.010 --> 00:11:57.160
  • We'll never force it on a child, but we will
  • 00:11:57.170 --> 00:12:00.030
  • give them an opportunity to know God and to experience God,
  • 00:12:00.040 --> 00:12:03.050
  • and especially in Thailand where
  • 00:12:03.060 --> 00:12:05.020
  • these kids are often living with us for many, many years.
  • 00:12:05.030 --> 00:12:07.240
  • And they're put in a family environment.
  • 00:12:07.250 --> 00:12:09.210
  • And it takes love to transform a life--
  • 00:12:09.220 --> 00:12:13.150
  • the love of God and the love of the people of God.
  • 00:12:13.160 --> 00:12:16.040
  • And it is one of the things that has turned heads left and right.
  • 00:12:16.050 --> 00:12:19.080
  • In fact, there was an investigation going in Thailand
  • 00:12:19.090 --> 00:12:21.240
  • that went for six years.
  • 00:12:21.250 --> 00:12:23.110
  • They just rescued two kids.
  • 00:12:23.120 --> 00:12:25.120
  • This lead law enforcement official came to ZOE,
  • 00:12:25.130 --> 00:12:27.250
  • and this was before we had our licensed rescue center open.
  • 00:12:27.260 --> 00:12:31.100
  • He's like, "You got to take 'em.
  • 00:12:31.110 --> 00:12:32.240
  • "They're gonna need a padded room, basically, for 24 hours,
  • 00:12:32.250 --> 00:12:35.040
  • they've been so drugged up."
  • 00:12:35.050 --> 00:12:36.220
  • And ZOE was not fully equipped.
  • 00:12:36.230 --> 00:12:38.020
  • They're like, "We can't do it.
  • 00:12:38.030 --> 00:12:39.130
  • We-we don't have enough staff to even pull this off."
  • 00:12:39.140 --> 00:12:41.180
  • And they were going back and forth, and this guy just said...
  • 00:12:41.190 --> 00:12:44.030
  • he goes, "Listen."
  • 00:12:44.040 --> 00:12:45.110
  • He goes, "Let's just see what your God can do.
  • 00:12:45.120 --> 00:12:47.170
  • "I've watched this over the years,
  • 00:12:47.180 --> 00:12:49.050
  • "and I've never seen your God not do
  • 00:12:49.060 --> 00:12:52.070
  • something radical in the life of a child."
  • 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.150
  • And so, with that, they-they looked.
  • 00:12:54.160 --> 00:12:56.050
  • It's like, "Wow." They're...
  • 00:12:56.060 --> 00:12:57.140
  • It's like he just... he laid it down.
  • 00:12:57.150 --> 00:12:59.030
  • -Yeah. -He-he's not even a believer,
  • 00:12:59.040 --> 00:13:00.260
  • but he has seen the evidence
  • 00:13:00.270 --> 00:13:02.020
  • of what God has done in the life of a kid,
  • 00:13:02.030 --> 00:13:04.090
  • and I think that's the evidence that you see.
  • 00:13:04.100 --> 00:13:06.190
  • When God can get a hold of a life, no one's too far gone
  • 00:13:06.200 --> 00:13:09.160
  • to experience life transformation,
  • 00:13:09.170 --> 00:13:11.050
  • and that's what Jesus does.
  • 00:13:11.060 --> 00:13:12.220
  • That's why He's a specialist.
  • 00:13:12.230 --> 00:13:14.200
  • You're also having some major success in...
  • 00:13:14.210 --> 00:13:16.260
  • right here in the Los Angeles area, too.
  • 00:13:16.270 --> 00:13:18.180
  • -Can you talk about maybe some of the stories? -JASON: Yeah.
  • 00:13:18.190 --> 00:13:20.280
  • Some of the individuals that have received help
  • 00:13:20.290 --> 00:13:22.200
  • through ZOE here in L.A.?
  • 00:13:22.210 --> 00:13:24.050
  • Well, just yesterday, I was at a group home,
  • 00:13:24.060 --> 00:13:25.210
  • working with some youth identified as CSEC.
  • 00:13:25.220 --> 00:13:28.160
  • "CSEC" is the term, "commercial sexual exploitation
  • 00:13:28.170 --> 00:13:30.060
  • of children." Same thing as trafficking,
  • 00:13:30.070 --> 00:13:31.210
  • but it's a term that we use in Los Angeles.
  • 00:13:31.220 --> 00:13:33.250
  • And we're playing this game where you blindfold someone,
  • 00:13:33.260 --> 00:13:36.180
  • and there's a-a partner that walks you
  • 00:13:36.190 --> 00:13:39.180
  • from-from one space to the other.
  • 00:13:39.190 --> 00:13:41.130
  • That takes a lot of vulnerability,
  • 00:13:41.140 --> 00:13:42.240
  • and it takes a lot of trust, and the young girl who...
  • 00:13:42.250 --> 00:13:44.220
  • At first, she didn't want to do it.
  • 00:13:44.230 --> 00:13:46.110
  • So our approach is being able
  • 00:13:46.120 --> 00:13:47.210
  • to meet a child exactly where he or she is at
  • 00:13:47.220 --> 00:13:49.290
  • and to be able to have an empathic approach
  • 00:13:50.000 --> 00:13:51.250
  • and to be able to use, like,
  • 00:13:51.260 --> 00:13:53.090
  • something we call "motivational interviewing."
  • 00:13:53.100 --> 00:13:55.040
  • And what that is, is really just use...
  • 00:13:55.050 --> 00:13:57.000
  • utilizing their words.
  • 00:13:57.010 --> 00:13:58.090
  • She saw other youth doing it all at the same time
  • 00:13:58.100 --> 00:14:00.180
  • to the point where she then did it.
  • 00:14:00.190 --> 00:14:02.060
  • She was able to have her peer walk with her,
  • 00:14:02.070 --> 00:14:04.140
  • blindfolded from one side of the room
  • 00:14:04.150 --> 00:14:06.020
  • to the other side of the room, and build trust immediately.
  • 00:14:06.030 --> 00:14:08.280
  • Now, this is a child that has been abused.
  • 00:14:08.290 --> 00:14:10.280
  • This is a child that has been, um...
  • 00:14:10.290 --> 00:14:12.200
  • that has been trafficked through various situations,
  • 00:14:12.210 --> 00:14:14.110
  • but she was able to trust us just because we were able
  • 00:14:14.120 --> 00:14:16.250
  • to meet her exactly where she was at.
  • 00:14:16.260 --> 00:14:18.230
  • In California and nationwide,
  • 00:14:18.240 --> 00:14:20.190
  • there's a shortage of placements for youth
  • 00:14:20.200 --> 00:14:22.280
  • who have been trafficked.
  • 00:14:22.290 --> 00:14:24.060
  • There aren't safe places, as well as places
  • 00:14:24.070 --> 00:14:26.100
  • that know how to work with these youth,
  • 00:14:26.110 --> 00:14:28.130
  • and so that's what ZOE's trying to do here in Los Angeles.
  • 00:14:28.140 --> 00:14:30.290
  • We've purchased 50 acres of land in north L.A. County.
  • 00:14:31.000 --> 00:14:33.180
  • And we're working closely with the county
  • 00:14:33.190 --> 00:14:35.090
  • to insure that this is a place that is suitable
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:37.190
  • for the kids that come through the child welfare system...
  • 00:14:37.200 --> 00:14:39.290
  • -KIRK: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. -...as well as through probations.
  • 00:14:40.000 --> 00:14:42.090
  • And, um, we're currently in the process
  • 00:14:42.100 --> 00:14:44.040
  • of hoping to build this year, and...
  • 00:14:44.050 --> 00:14:46.050
  • we are hearing from the county
  • 00:14:46.060 --> 00:14:47.230
  • that they need placement for-for these youth.
  • 00:14:47.240 --> 00:14:50.160
  • And so, currently, while we're waiting
  • 00:14:50.170 --> 00:14:52.000
  • for our home to be built, we go to group homes
  • 00:14:52.010 --> 00:14:54.250
  • and help the county, um, provide activities for these youth.
  • 00:14:54.260 --> 00:14:58.120
  • -Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. -And we hear, time and time again,
  • 00:14:58.130 --> 00:15:00.150
  • that the activities that we're bringing and the ways
  • 00:15:00.160 --> 00:15:02.190
  • that we're connecting with the youth--
  • 00:15:02.200 --> 00:15:04.030
  • it's having girls who normally don't participate in groups...
  • 00:15:04.040 --> 00:15:07.050
  • -Mm-hmm. -...come out and-and willing,
  • 00:15:07.060 --> 00:15:09.130
  • and seeing and discovering things about themselves.
  • 00:15:09.140 --> 00:15:12.010
  • We have a strengths-based approach, so if you...
  • 00:15:12.020 --> 00:15:14.090
  • if you're looking for bad things, you'll find them.
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:16.190
  • But we're really looking to find the strengths
  • 00:15:16.200 --> 00:15:18.180
  • and help the youth discover the strengths within them
  • 00:15:18.190 --> 00:15:21.110
  • so that they can really cultivate that
  • 00:15:21.120 --> 00:15:23.240
  • and-and grow and flourish and find the-the strength
  • 00:15:23.250 --> 00:15:27.100
  • to come out of... of that life.
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:29.040
  • And oftentimes, with this population,
  • 00:15:29.050 --> 00:15:31.050
  • the victims don't identify themselves as being victims.
  • 00:15:31.060 --> 00:15:34.070
  • Um, they're often protecting their traffickers.
  • 00:15:34.080 --> 00:15:36.050
  • They don't recognize that they've even been victimized...
  • 00:15:36.060 --> 00:15:38.050
  • -Mm-hmm. -...because they've been in a romantic relationship
  • 00:15:38.060 --> 00:15:40.080
  • with their traffickers.
  • 00:15:40.090 --> 00:15:41.220
  • And so, it's really in that process we've had
  • 00:15:41.230 --> 00:15:45.040
  • in the times that we've met with these youth in these activities.
  • 00:15:45.050 --> 00:15:48.060
  • In the beginning, they-they'll share in ways that...
  • 00:15:48.070 --> 00:15:50.290
  • that they are not a... have been involved in trafficking.
  • 00:15:51.000 --> 00:15:53.140
  • And through our activities
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:54.270
  • and the ways that we engage with them,
  • 00:15:54.280 --> 00:15:56.170
  • eventually, they will share with us
  • 00:15:56.180 --> 00:15:58.090
  • that they are actually victims of trafficking.
  • 00:15:58.100 --> 00:16:00.060
  • -Mm. -And that's the first step,
  • 00:16:00.070 --> 00:16:02.060
  • because here in L.A.,
  • 00:16:02.070 --> 00:16:04.010
  • you have to first identify yourself as a victim,
  • 00:16:04.020 --> 00:16:06.150
  • and then say that you want services.
  • 00:16:06.160 --> 00:16:08.040
  • And so, in order for them to receive services,
  • 00:16:08.050 --> 00:16:10.070
  • workers need to be skilled
  • 00:16:10.080 --> 00:16:11.170
  • and know how to help the youth identify themselves.
  • 00:16:11.180 --> 00:16:14.260
  • Right. You've got to build that trust
  • 00:16:14.270 --> 00:16:16.210
  • and give them that safe place where they can open up,
  • 00:16:16.220 --> 00:16:19.100
  • and then they can receive help.
  • 00:16:19.110 --> 00:16:21.020
  • Now, I also understand that parents
  • 00:16:21.030 --> 00:16:23.120
  • who are willing to give foster care to these children...
  • 00:16:23.130 --> 00:16:27.160
  • -JASON: Yes. -...are a key component
  • 00:16:27.170 --> 00:16:29.070
  • to the restoration of these kids,
  • 00:16:29.080 --> 00:16:30.280
  • -and that we need more and more of these parents. -Mm-hmm.
  • 00:16:30.290 --> 00:16:33.050
  • I remember my mom, uh, foster-cared for several kids
  • 00:16:33.060 --> 00:16:36.040
  • when we were little, and that was so important.
  • 00:16:36.050 --> 00:16:38.210
  • Those kids would come back and say, you know, those years
  • 00:16:38.220 --> 00:16:41.030
  • spent with-with my mom and with my dad were so crucial.
  • 00:16:41.040 --> 00:16:44.050
  • Are there a lack of foster parents right now?
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:46.110
  • So there... there are foster parents.
  • 00:16:46.120 --> 00:16:47.240
  • So, what we're trying to do is that we try and train them
  • 00:16:47.250 --> 00:16:50.100
  • so they can be trauma informed.
  • 00:16:50.110 --> 00:16:51.220
  • So there's lots of... there's lots of families who want
  • 00:16:51.230 --> 00:16:53.210
  • to take in kids, but sometimes it's very hard for them.
  • 00:16:53.220 --> 00:16:55.240
  • They don't know how to react to the behavior of the child.
  • 00:16:55.250 --> 00:16:58.070
  • So we do different training,
  • 00:16:58.080 --> 00:16:59.200
  • trauma-informed training to... so that they can
  • 00:16:59.210 --> 00:17:01.280
  • know various copings, coping mechanisms,
  • 00:17:01.290 --> 00:17:04.080
  • and, um, learning how to show empathy and love
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:07.010
  • in certain... in certain situations.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:08.240
  • The youths sometimes don't come in with open arms
  • 00:17:08.250 --> 00:17:11.020
  • saying, "I want the help." Sometimes they're identifying,
  • 00:17:11.030 --> 00:17:13.020
  • saying, "I don't want to be here."
  • 00:17:13.030 --> 00:17:14.160
  • Or, "What do you want to do to me?"
  • 00:17:14.170 --> 00:17:16.120
  • Some of the youth... youth have been
  • 00:17:16.130 --> 00:17:17.220
  • -abused in the welfare system. -Hmm.
  • 00:17:17.230 --> 00:17:19.100
  • So our goal is to be able to equip
  • 00:17:19.110 --> 00:17:21.060
  • and give the tools that the...
  • 00:17:21.070 --> 00:17:22.220
  • that these various families need.
  • 00:17:22.230 --> 00:17:23.270
  • So we go into the various churches,
  • 00:17:23.280 --> 00:17:25.240
  • and sometimes we recruit various families.
  • 00:17:25.250 --> 00:17:27.190
  • Then we can train them so they'll be
  • 00:17:27.200 --> 00:17:28.290
  • fully equipped to be able to foster these youths.
  • 00:17:29.000 --> 00:17:30.290
  • And you're also doing work in... in schools.
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  • Is that high schools, elementary schools,
  • 00:17:33.010 --> 00:17:34.240
  • and is that to... to bring awareness to this whole subject?
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  • We have a program called
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  • My Generation, My Fight, and we go into schools
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  • and help young people understand
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  • this problem of human trafficking.
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  • Sometimes, if they want to start
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  • an awareness club on their campuses,
  • 00:17:47.200 --> 00:17:49.110
  • then several of the high schools
  • 00:17:49.120 --> 00:17:51.110
  • and colleges have started clubs to raise awareness
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  • about human trafficking. But we will go... Teachers have
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  • invited us to come to their classrooms,
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  • sometimes, um, transforming an English lesson
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  • on a book about abuse or trauma.
  • 00:18:00.090 --> 00:18:02.050
  • And then we'll come in and also share about human trafficking.
  • 00:18:02.060 --> 00:18:05.120
  • -It's vital for us to go into... -Hmm.
  • 00:18:05.130 --> 00:18:07.150
  • ...this middle school age and the high school age
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  • when traffickers are... are going
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  • and recruiting young people.
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  • So that they're aware of the problem
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  • and they can protect themselves.
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  • The work of rescue is very intensive.
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  • It's-it's hard to do that.
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  • 16 years ago, there'd be menus on the street corner
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  • of kids, in Thailand, for example.
  • 00:18:23.170 --> 00:18:25.170
  • Now it's much more subversive.
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  • Everywhere you're working, it's harder to find them.
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  • So instead of, you know, putting so much effort
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  • in rescue, which we will, we'll keep working,
  • 00:18:32.280 --> 00:18:35.260
  • uh, with all the good guys to do that,
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:37.260
  • but if we can prevent it,
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  • then we're saving hundreds and thousands of kids.
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  • That's why we do it in every nation we work in.
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  • Japan's got it in schools.
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  • Australia's working on that.
  • 00:18:45.220 --> 00:18:47.110
  • Mexico's got a junior high to high school curriculum
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  • that's getting released down there that we're working in.
  • 00:18:49.220 --> 00:18:53.020
  • The prevention, really, is the key.
  • 00:18:53.030 --> 00:18:54.150
  • Someone said, "Is it better to build a hospital
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  • "at the... at the bottom of a canyon
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  • or to b-build a bridge over the canyon?"
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  • Well, if you can build a bridge,
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  • you're gonna have a lot less victims.
  • 00:19:01.190 --> 00:19:03.070
  • And our hope through prevention
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  • is that we'd save people before they get caught.
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  • What we stand on is that
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  • every generation has stopped something.
  • 00:19:09.040 --> 00:19:10.150
  • In the transatlantic slavery, there was probably
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  • slaves who said, "This will never end."
  • 00:19:12.100 --> 00:19:13.230
  • But it was in that generation of people who said,
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:15.270
  • "It's gonna end in my time. It's gonna end."
  • 00:19:15.280 --> 00:19:18.060
  • So we believe the same thing with human trafficking:
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  • that it's gonna end in our time.
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  • And we just have to be a generation of people
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  • and teach in pre... in prevention and awareness
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  • to the youth so that they can stand up and say,
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  • "This is my... this is my fight.
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  • It's my generation. We're gonna end it in my time."
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  • Back in the day, the traffickers would go
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  • where children are, and that was at the malls,
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  • -at the bus stops and parks, 7-Elevens. -Mm-hmm.
  • 00:19:36.210 --> 00:19:40.120
  • Nowadays, where the children are is the Internet.
  • 00:19:40.130 --> 00:19:42.010
  • -And so that is a huge place... -KIRK: Mm-hmm.
  • 00:19:42.020 --> 00:19:43.270
  • ...where it's difficult for even
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  • law enforcement to see what's going on.
  • 00:19:46.030 --> 00:19:47.220
  • It's hidden, similar to what you shared
  • 00:19:47.230 --> 00:19:49.280
  • in your movie, Connect, and raising awareness
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  • -about Internet safety. -Mm-hmm.
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  • MAN: He had this whole digital life
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  • that I'd had no idea even existed.
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  • KIRK: I decided I needed to get to the bottom
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  • of understanding how technology and my kids were interacting.
  • 00:20:00.250 --> 00:20:04.070
  • It's critical for young people
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  • to understand how to use the Internet safely
  • 00:20:07.290 --> 00:20:09.260
  • and to understand how exploiters will recruit them
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  • and trick them and deceive them
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  • into coming out of the safety of their homes
  • 00:20:14.260 --> 00:20:17.250
  • and starting relationships that are not safe.
  • 00:20:17.260 --> 00:20:20.030
  • But the Internet is a...
  • 00:20:20.040 --> 00:20:21.070
  • is a huge part of the problem right now.
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  • What do you think is the role of the church in this?
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  • People can... can be listening to us and saying,
  • 00:20:25.160 --> 00:20:27.180
  • "Th-that's horrible, you know, a-and we're gonna...
  • 00:20:27.190 --> 00:20:29.080
  • we're gonna pray that this ends."
  • 00:20:29.090 --> 00:20:30.230
  • But what can they do, practically, to get involved?
  • 00:20:30.240 --> 00:20:32.250
  • Sharing awareness.
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:34.100
  • Sharing awareness is the-the answer to prevention.
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  • Thinking outside of just where we're at.
  • 00:20:36.170 --> 00:20:38.110
  • Thinking, also, thinking outside of the fact
  • 00:20:38.120 --> 00:20:40.050
  • that this can't happen to us.
  • 00:20:40.060 --> 00:20:41.290
  • We want people to stand up against this and to share this.
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  • We have this one concept that we're-we're doing right now.
  • 00:20:44.260 --> 00:20:46.160
  • It's called Party with a Purpose.
  • 00:20:46.170 --> 00:20:47.280
  • What happens is that someone will bring all their friends
  • 00:20:47.290 --> 00:20:49.230
  • and say, "You know what, this is something I stand against.
  • 00:20:49.240 --> 00:20:51.230
  • "Here, I'm gonna bring Dave. I'm gonna bring Ester.
  • 00:20:51.240 --> 00:20:53.100
  • "I'm gonna bring Jason to speak against this
  • 00:20:53.110 --> 00:20:54.280
  • and teach you what human trafficking is."
  • 00:20:54.290 --> 00:20:56.270
  • So that the perspective changes.
  • 00:20:56.280 --> 00:20:58.090
  • I would say ten... seven to...
  • 00:20:58.100 --> 00:21:00.120
  • seven to ten years ago, even as a therapist,
  • 00:21:00.130 --> 00:21:02.190
  • I didn't look at... look at trafficking to what it was.
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:05.280
  • I just didn't know.
  • 00:21:05.290 --> 00:21:07.040
  • I didn't have that awareness.
  • 00:21:07.050 --> 00:21:08.090
  • So I-I can only imagine other people just...
  • 00:21:08.100 --> 00:21:10.180
  • they don't know, so the answer to be able to do that,
  • 00:21:10.190 --> 00:21:13.010
  • come together-- we believe that the church is the answer.
  • 00:21:13.020 --> 00:21:15.110
  • Even just outside of the awareness piece,
  • 00:21:15.120 --> 00:21:17.120
  • which we push that so heavily, the awareness piece,
  • 00:21:17.130 --> 00:21:20.080
  • the idea that for the church...
  • 00:21:20.090 --> 00:21:21.180
  • the church is the most powerful force on the planet.
  • 00:21:21.190 --> 00:21:24.040
  • It just is. It's-it's powerful.
  • 00:21:24.050 --> 00:21:25.210
  • And everyone who gets involved in this,
  • 00:21:25.220 --> 00:21:28.130
  • there's a brokenness there somewhere.
  • 00:21:28.140 --> 00:21:30.050
  • What if they could be caught before they even got into it?
  • 00:21:30.060 --> 00:21:32.120
  • How do they get help? How do they get rehabilitated?
  • 00:21:32.130 --> 00:21:34.250
  • How do you help kids who are vulnerable
  • 00:21:34.260 --> 00:21:37.050
  • because they've lost connection with their family?
  • 00:21:37.060 --> 00:21:39.200
  • Often, kids who are most vulnerable
  • 00:21:39.210 --> 00:21:41.220
  • are the ones disconnected,
  • 00:21:41.230 --> 00:21:43.120
  • so as a church, what's a church offer?
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  • It offers help to families.
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  • It shows what a mom and a dad and a home could look like.
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  • It offers community for people without community.
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  • To mobilize our church to be active
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  • and moving in the community, to aid our families,
  • 00:21:55.110 --> 00:21:58.190
  • partner with their community,
  • 00:21:58.200 --> 00:22:00.060
  • they offer something that nobody else can offer.
  • 00:22:00.070 --> 00:22:02.070
  • They offer the-the power and the love of God
  • 00:22:02.080 --> 00:22:04.090
  • and the power of that large of a community.
  • 00:22:04.100 --> 00:22:07.150
  • It can really meet needs,
  • 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:09.030
  • personal needs that everybody involved has.
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  • Now, for someone who might be watching this conversation,
  • 00:22:13.290 --> 00:22:15.020
  • and they may be in a situation where their boyfriend
  • 00:22:15.030 --> 00:22:17.130
  • is turning out to be their drug dealer,
  • 00:22:17.140 --> 00:22:19.110
  • and they realize that they're... they're in a place
  • 00:22:19.120 --> 00:22:21.070
  • that they never thought that they would be,
  • 00:22:21.080 --> 00:22:22.270
  • they've gone down a road that is so dark,
  • 00:22:22.280 --> 00:22:24.190
  • and they don't see light at the end of the tunnel,
  • 00:22:24.200 --> 00:22:26.170
  • but they're thinking, "Maybe ZOE could help,"
  • 00:22:26.180 --> 00:22:28.110
  • uh, what could they do?
  • 00:22:28.120 --> 00:22:29.280
  • Who could they call?
  • 00:22:29.290 --> 00:22:31.080
  • There's a hotline.
  • 00:22:31.090 --> 00:22:32.100
  • It's 888-373-7888.
  • 00:22:32.110 --> 00:22:35.160
  • So they can call 888-373-7888.
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  • Or they can text that number, "Be Free."
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:41.070
  • -KIRK: 888-373-7888. -JASON: Yes.
  • 00:22:41.080 --> 00:22:43.190
  • KIRK: Or text the words "Be Free"
  • 00:22:43.200 --> 00:22:45.120
  • -to that same number. -JASON: Yes.
  • 00:22:45.130 --> 00:22:46.230
  • If someone is inspired by what they're hearing
  • 00:22:46.240 --> 00:22:49.070
  • and wants to get involved with ZOE International,
  • 00:22:49.080 --> 00:22:51.240
  • where do they go? H-How do they plug in?
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:22:53.270
  • Well, an easy thing they could do: goZOE.org.
  • 00:22:53.280 --> 00:22:56.130
  • G-O-Z-O-E-dot-org, that's our website.
  • 00:22:56.140 --> 00:22:58.270
  • There's links there.
  • 00:22:58.280 --> 00:23:00.170
  • ESTER: We're on Instagram.
  • 00:23:00.180 --> 00:23:01.250
  • ZOE, underscore, and then the country:
  • 00:23:01.260 --> 00:23:03.090
  • in Mexico, in Australia, in Japan.
  • 00:23:03.100 --> 00:23:05.180
  • And so we update and we educate the public as well
  • 00:23:05.190 --> 00:23:08.200
  • about, um, the different work that we're doing,
  • 00:23:08.210 --> 00:23:10.100
  • as well as teaching
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  • about human trafficking on our social media.
  • 00:23:11.150 --> 00:23:13.110
  • We also have a YouTube channel.
  • 00:23:13.120 --> 00:23:14.270
  • Very informative, uh, clips in regards to, uh,
  • 00:23:14.280 --> 00:23:17.150
  • knowing the signs of human trafficking,
  • 00:23:17.160 --> 00:23:19.050
  • uh, what you can do.
  • 00:23:19.060 --> 00:23:20.290
  • So, the best things for people to do
  • 00:23:21.000 --> 00:23:22.180
  • is to share the social media content.
  • 00:23:22.190 --> 00:23:25.190
  • Is there... are there other ways for them to get involved?
  • 00:23:25.200 --> 00:23:27.280
  • What... How can they be a part of what ZOE's doing?
  • 00:23:27.290 --> 00:23:30.090
  • Yeah, there's gonna be a lot of opportunities,
  • 00:23:30.100 --> 00:23:32.030
  • especially in Los Angeles-- we're beginning to expand,
  • 00:23:32.040 --> 00:23:34.150
  • and we're beginning to identify more areas for involvement.
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  • We'll know more over this next year
  • 00:23:37.250 --> 00:23:39.130
  • how rapid that expansion's happening,
  • 00:23:39.140 --> 00:23:41.110
  • but we're always looking for partners.
  • 00:23:41.120 --> 00:23:42.270
  • If they have interest in that, they can e-mail
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  • info@goZOE.org.
  • 00:23:45.190 --> 00:23:46.290
  • One of our team will follow up with them
  • 00:23:47.000 --> 00:23:49.020
  • and can find out their specific interest
  • 00:23:49.030 --> 00:23:51.020
  • and follow up directly.
  • 00:23:51.030 --> 00:23:52.290
  • Wow. You guys are doing such great things.
  • 00:23:53.000 --> 00:23:55.050
  • And you're working full-time with ZOE International.
  • 00:23:55.060 --> 00:23:57.140
  • I-I hope that people seize the opportunity that they have,
  • 00:23:57.150 --> 00:24:00.130
  • like you have, to think of the-the bigger picture
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  • and to be a part of something that God's doing in the world
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  • to bring hope and healing and justice.
  • 00:24:06.120 --> 00:24:08.090
  • And I think you've inspired a lot of people today.
  • 00:24:08.100 --> 00:24:10.150
  • -Thanks very much. -Thank you.
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  • Thanks for highlighting it.
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