May 23rd, 2011
10:50 AM ET

Is Danish man a danger or hero to trafficked women?

A man in Denmark has opened up his home to more than just trafficked women. The man, who identifies himself only as Christian, also faces constant criticism for his methods and his fatherly attitude.

"I get a lot of enemies in my work," he told CNN.

But Christian is undeterred and says we need to fight for everyone who doesn't have their freedom.

soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Stephen Auya

    Talking of HumanRight issues,that on its own is oneway ticket to Humanitarian Slot.Never pay attetion to the baseless criticks for you just keep on endavouring on Universal Declaration On HumanRights as per the 1948 meeting by the United Nations in Geneva.

    May 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  2. GraciousEwe

    I think it's a bit silly for people to call him a "danger". There is no one answer to stopping the disease of human trafficking; we're all just doing the best we can to ending this pandemic and I think "Christian" is right there along with us. Why do we have to be so critical? He himself admitted to making a mistake that time he bought the child back. He's learning, along with the rest of us, what to do and what NOT to do. There's a learning curve for anyone going into this. I say good for him for trying. Good for him for helping. It's more than a lot of people are doing. AND, what's wrong with being a father figure to them? Girls coming out of trafficking may face to serious man issues. If there's a good man out there who's willing to embrace them as a father rather than as a pimp or a john then that could be really healing.

    May 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  3. Bulloch

    It's funny, many of the comments are longer than this so-called "story". CNN, just because you have the space doesn't mean you need to fill it with pointless paragraphs.

    May 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Olga

      Does your comment have any attachment to the issue????????? When you do not have anything to say – keep quite!!!!

      May 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Reply
      • adm1982

        When you do not know how to spell, keep QUIET.. I agree, I think this story is very short and doesn't explain why he has so many enemies.

        May 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  4. MannyHM

    My conscience tells me to do the same thing that he's doing. My common sense tells something different – This is dangerous and a potential for being attacked by traffickers. He can be set-up. He is being dissuaded by groups supposedly fighting trafficking also. This guy is a hero and he should be protected from would be attackers and abusers.

    May 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  5. DZomer

    Bravo. Thank you, Sir! We all need to do our part!

    May 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Reply
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  6. markjuliansmith

    There is no such thing as freedom only the relative independence nature and fellow humans allow.

    One has to be very concerned regards those selling Freedom as much as someone selling snake oil as a remedy for poverty.

    May 24, 2011 at 7:25 am | Reply
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  7. Patiat

    "danger" or "hero"? Another childishly facile false dichotomy. Stupid.

    May 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  8. Olga

    GOOD JOB. The world would be a better place with people like you in it. You saved a childs life – and that could have cost you more than five thousand – and you did what you had to do.In my book that is a real man a real human being!!!!
    I am not suprised – that it is a Danish man who is doing this. Danes are awesome.

    May 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  9. Adelina Lim

    Definitely a hero.... He is doing what needs to be done immediately. Not through some long discussion or some money wasting conference. By the time all these 'experts' decide, the girls will be dead! Kudos to him.

    May 25, 2011 at 12:02 am | Reply
  10. somefly

    Very Impressive.

    May 25, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
  11. Mogens Pedersen

    To all the comments
    Thank you all so much, for the kind words, and comments.
    It makes me ever so happy to read all you said.
    To be honest, I just follow the voice of my heart.
    You see all the women in my work are someone’s child, sister or mother.
    I don’t do this for fame or any other thing; I only do this it’s the right thing to do.
    But it’s really nice to read all the responses
    Thanks, and blessings to you all
    Mogens Pedersen

    May 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  12. Herman Morris Anaheim

    you have taken and freed these women. We should hear the stories of the girls and boys that were sold as sex slaves, how they were sold,their experiences, how they were held and forced to perform these sexual acts, if they were under drugs, forced or volunteered or paid to drink, if they enjoyed their experiences. 6et their own thougts and feelings on their experiences. if they were given a chance would they leave and for another hard life on their own. Many girls in the profession of prostitution choose to do this on their own rather than work in legal jobs or other stress jobs with much lower income. Do they find pleasure and satisfaction in their work in drinking, geting high on drugs and liquor and having sex with different patrons or do they fake their pleasures of pleasing their customers. They put on put on their best performance to show customers the best time and try to please them in any way. Dont They get pleasure themselves from thes sexual acts. Lets hear from the victoms and their feelings

    May 26, 2011 at 5:01 am | Reply
    • CJSV

      There is a large difference between willing participants in prostitution and those who are "trafficked". The very definition of "trafficked" implies there is no choice. No one takes pleasure in being forced to do acts, much less lewd ones. I think you are curious to the feelings and thoughts of those who have made the decision to be involved in the sex trade. I'm sure to those who have been trafficked, these questions are incomprehensible.

      May 31, 2011 at 2:04 am | Reply
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  13. Herman Morris Anaheim

    you have taken and freed these women. We should hear the stories of the girls and boys that were sold as sex slaves, how they were sold,their experiences, how they were held and forced to perform these sexual acts, if they were under drugs, forced or volunteered or paid to drink, if they enjoyed their experiences. 6et their own thougts and feelings on their experiences. if they were given a chance would they leave and for another hard life on their own. Many girls in the profession of prostitution choose to do this on their own rather than work in legal jobs or other stress jobs with much lower income. Do they find pleasure and satisfaction in their work in drinking, geting high on drugs and liquor and having sex with different patrons or do they fake their pleasures of pleasing their customers. They put on put on their best performance to show customers the best time and try to please them in any way. Dont They get pleasure themselves from thes sexual acts. Lets hear from the victoms.

    May 26, 2011 at 5:06 am | Reply
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  14. Larry Moore

    This man is a wonderful Hero. Brave, dedicated and with no concern for himself.
    And he goes the "extra mile" by showing love and by helping the young women to transition to normal lives.
    The world need many more people just like him!!!

    May 26, 2011 at 7:18 am | Reply
  15. Alline Pedra

    Neither a danger nor a hero.A human being who know that we should make the difference now.He does realy take a stand against modern day-slavery and so should we, at leats by recommending this news to public officers, friends, etc.

    May 26, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Darmen

      Hi Anonymous,The source on this is lkeind from the Persian Journal, and The Freedom House has quite a bit on human trafficking in Iran. So does the UN.The unemployment figures and Iran's sick economy are also pretty public and I've written on them before.As for the remarks on excretion..let's leave your mind and persona out of this, OK?Have a nice day now!

      April 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  16. Althee Hazel from philippines

    I truly believe this man has a gifted inborn golden heart..his true passion of helping those who are in slavery & emotionally traumatized women is a living proof to that..Let's support his good works to continue..Good and bad critics, you are welcome to say something..but just one sort of reminder , a quote in the bible.. "what you do to the least of your brother you do unto Me(Jesus)...ask yourself today instead of questioning someone who did the right thing..find.. The happiest person is the one who has a lot of contributions..not for himself but for others..This man I came to know by chance and he became like an angel to me..he is a sincere and honest..he just done things on his own..very private..but he made himself in public just now to speak up his mind againts detractors ..he is one in a million.Long live Mr. Mogens Pedersen...Lets tell the world and be one!

    May 27, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  17. Interested observer

    Hmmmm! Christian did a very 'good work' . Such men are not only rare but endangered . I wish him hapiness,long life and most importantly fruitfullness in this new family he has created. Christianity isnt about going to church but just practising jesus while ensuring that you dont get to be used or abused or even made a scapegoat. .,... I am your fan....

    May 29, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  18. the_zel_moo

    Slavery still exists today. Human beings are bought and sold as property, and in many cases, are treated worse than you’d treat your livestock. Christian website has an article on the basics of slavery today and more. Read it. Educate yourself. Get involved in some small way, even if it means starting a conversation with a friend or family member. Read a book about modern slavery. Watch a movie about human trafficking. Make a donation to one of the organization . Find out if slavery exists in your community and be like the man above..such a hero comes along with a strength to carry on..I dope my hat on him..

    May 30, 2011 at 3:12 am | Reply
  19. Vivienne

    Yes, let's keep things the way they are and not use 'Christian's' unconventional methods, because they are working so well – for the sex trafficker.

    June 1, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Mogens Pedersen

      I agree, most of what you say.
      But being in this work you must understand, while the world are trying to fight this problem and trying to make new better laws to most of the world, there are some of us that meet the victims face to face. And feel that there is no other way, than to react, in the given situation. And have done for some time, even before this really was something the world even bothered to debate or talk about.
      I did what I had to do, and what I believed to be the right thing in the given situation.
      Maybe you will find it wrong and maybe, you want to judge all my work on this, alone, but in order to do that, and you must give me one, just one other choice, or way that you might think I, would have resolved this problem. I really didn’t have much other way to turn.
      Had I had another official way, and not just a lot of talk, I properly, would have used that. You see, everybody here heave an opinion about this issue, and everybody want to participate in the debit, but that doesn’t make them experts, as most of them never in real life ever met nor spoke to meet trafficked person in real life. We, that is me, and the voluntary workers in Christians Safe House, are not experts either, but we face the problems we encounter, in a direct way, as we meet the victims them self in persons.
      All I had in my mind, in this case, was a mother, forced to prostitute herself in the streets, as long as the traffickers was holding her child. And a small boy, that somewhere was craving for his mother, a child that didn’t understand anything of all this. And a child that most likely, also would end up as a slave.
      I had a small possibility to act, if I did it here and now. And I did what I did, given the circumstances. And I brought a mother and child together.
      Today whenever I see them together, whenever I meet them in their new lives, the mother with a small job, and educating herself, and the boy in his school of playing ball or whatever they now do, as other normal free humans are doing, I fell I did the right thing.
      So while the governments and everybody else are debating, and holding seminars and meetings, some of us that are meeting the victims, every day, just act, with best we can.
      Whatever history wants to make out of my small contribution in all this, really doesn’t matter so much to me. I know and I see the living proof, of my work every day, when I speak or meet some of the more than hundreds of woman, that I true the years, now passed, helped into to a live in freedom.
      It’s so easy to cast the first stone, at me, for being honest, and acting, on my own, when most of the worlds just want to debate and talk while setting on their hands, telling the whole world, that; we need do something to this problem!
      Me, in the meanwhile; I just follow what my hart are telling me, trying to do the right thing…..
      So go ahead and judge me if you want.
      The victims are all human being to me, and have right to live there live in personal freedom, dignity, and respect. No matter where they come from, no matter what God they, they believe in, and no matter what color their skin might have. We all have a right to live a life in personal freedom.
      Mogens Pedersen, alias Christian

      June 3, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
      • BBB

        Your ACTIONS are extremely impressive!! Thank you. Country by Country, day by day, person by person we will fight and slowly squash these traffickers...the general international public is becoming aware, laws are getting harsher and people fighting this epidemic are growing stronger and diversified everyday. In the meantime the victims that have been tortured deserve a safe place to heal and there are very few places out thank you for opening your house and hopefully inspiring others who see this story to step up and help in their own way. Thank you!!

        June 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  20. the_zel_moo

    All the things you possess and everyone you’ve ever loved are taken from you before you can turn to see them go.

    Shock conceals the pain of injuries at first. Desperation, anger and acceptance will follow. For now, you’re motivated only by fear and the will to stay alive.

    These are not symptoms brought on by an act of God but, instead, by the misdeeds of men. The victims described above were not swept away indiscriminately by a Tsunami’s wall of water; they were taken by traffickers that carefully calculate their value as slaves.
    I agree with Mr. Mogens Pedersen.....I pondered.......................
    In the end, there’s very little any of us can do to shield ourselves from natural disasters that strike whole populations without warning. Perhaps it’s this vulnerability that allows us to identify so deeply with the victims of such events.
    Human trafficking, though complex and difficult to understand, is a slow-moving, personal catastrophe that overcomes thousands each day. What’s encouraging is that we have the power to act and to end this brand of suffering
    Empathy is an ability that makes us more human; to practice it makes us most human. What a beautiful gift to recognize and share a feeling of fear or desperation with another person that lives in a hallow of darkness ..and then lead them to freedom with dignity.

    June 4, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  21. SkyKing

    Why is there any question?
    This guy is a hero.
    I wish I had his courage and means to do what he does.
    Thank you 'Christian'.

    June 12, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
  22. Zel

    It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. –You're an Angel.

    June 12, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Reply
  23. Rob J

    This man is a super hero! Persons complaining about him being fatherly are probably just left wing nut feminists... who hate women more than anything. Shame on them! If we had more real fatherly men in the world things would be a lot better for everyone. Not only is he fatherly but he is also a "real man" who doesn't worry so much about his own safety as he does of those around him. If that sounds fatherly or patriarchal then so be it. Just imagine if there were men like him on every block of every city of this world. Trafficking would not be possible if that were the case.

    Keep up the good work! Don't listen to the detractors and maybe help to teach other men to follow in your footsteps!

    June 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
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