February 6th, 2012
08:43 AM ET

The new Christian abolition movement

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

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

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

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

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

Read the story from CNN's Eric Marrapodi at CNN's Belief Blog

Topics: Solutions • The Traffickers

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  1. aurelius1947

    It's Obama's fault.

    February 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
    • david Syrop


      February 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • Havildar

      May be it is aurelius 1947's fault and the do nothing Republican Congress.

      February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
      • Eh

        I hate to say it but I appreciate the do nothing congress. I have seen no worth-while legislation come out of them besides the STOCK act in at least the last six years. The last busy congress scared the businessmen and the investors. Only now have investors begun to stop waiting for the next curveball and are actually willing to put some of thier money on the line. The last time anyone in my family had enough money to invest in anything it was legal one year and illegal the next year and the IRS took them for everything they were worth.

        February 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • david marriott

        The do everything Democrats have produced the most expensive president (Obama) and congress (111th) in the history of humanity! Adding an additional 1/2 or $5 trillion to our natinal debt in less than 3 years with nothing to show for it! This fact doesn't help your case and most americans are beginning to love those do nothing Republicans! ...you guys had your chance and blew it! ...ABO

        February 16, 2012 at 12:22 am |
      • blucorsair

        Thank God for those do nothing Republicans! Obama would have doubled the nat'l debt and gasoline would cost $6.00 a gallon by now! ...and we thought Bush was bad, ...yeah riiiight!

        February 16, 2012 at 2:11 am |
      • Megan Grawe

        Obama's out of control spending and his inflationary "O"bucks has caused food prices to jump to record highs too! The Dims want a two class system, with no middle-class. They long for those nostalgic Soviet Union days!

        February 16, 2012 at 5:34 am |
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    • MG.

      You mean our president is wrong and it's not Bush's fault! ...oh my!

      February 16, 2012 at 1:06 am | Reply
  2. Jennifer

    One christian cares about women sold into the slave trade...... Yet others encourage gay youth to kill them selves on the other side of the country.....

    February 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • faustus

      Good job lumping everyone together. This would be akin to lumping all atheists with Pol Pot, Mao Zedung, and Joseph Stalin.

      February 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Reply
      • OldCactus

        Good idea, that's where they belong.

        February 10, 2012 at 12:35 am |
      • Beefburger

        If we gave you atheists half a chance you would be placing Richard Dawkins as emperor.

        February 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
      • Sean

        Atheism isn’t a religion or single school of thought. Your analogy only shows your ignorance. If you don’t like the Christian stereotype, change it. That’s best done by speaking to your fellow ‘believers’ an no arguing with Atheist.

        For the record your examples of Atheist is pretty poor. I suggest you do a lot more reading on those individuals.

        February 14, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • david marriott

        Sean; Perhaps atheism isn't a religion or a single line of thought, but people get tired of their double standards when they lump an anology together in comparison and expect to be respected! You have taken "faustus" statement out of context and that my friend is where people like yourself continue to fail! ...although you have to admit that Obama Care forcing religious organizations to participate in abortions and repugnant contraception practices is very "Stalinist" in theory! So much for the 1st amendment! ...sorry if you got your feelings hurt, but when you throw bricks at the other guys house, don't be mad if he's got more bricks than you do!

        February 16, 2012 at 12:49 am |
      • GimmeeABreak

        Beefburger – Well said.

        In his book "The God Delusion" Dawkins fails to support debunked assertions, quotes out of context and shows a marked desire to escape moral accountability in any way, shape or form. In fact he relegates man to animal status.

        But the intellectually challenged wannabee philosophers love him!

        February 24, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • T-Ray

      While you're lumping all the Christians together, why not associate all Muslims with terrorism or all pro athletes with greed or all Asians with bad driving? Your comment only shows that two different people who profess to have the same faith, have chosen two different ways to live it out. Nothing new or surprising in that at all.

      February 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • Beefburger

        I had a cousin killed by an Asian driver, whats your point?

        February 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
      • lilrunaway01

        All asians are bad drivers! My wife included!

        February 12, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • Joe

      Jennifer is blind to the troubles in her backyard, as she can't contribute to help she is critizing those who care.

      February 7, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • OldCactus

        Jennifer is one of those fat ugly broads who are ignored by men and is suffering rejection. What she needs more than anything is a good injection.

        February 10, 2012 at 12:39 am |
      • blucorsair

        I wonder if Jennifers injections are covered under Obama-care and how many more trillions it will cost those objectionable christians being forced to pay for it? ... Obama's not up to this task and Clinton is no where to be found!

        February 16, 2012 at 2:00 am |
    • gwf

      I hope you're not an American, because there are Americans who are murderers, rapists & human traffickers. Wait, are you those things!!? You're American, right, thereby based on your logic ... you're those things.

      People are hateful, biased, prejudicial, etc, etc ... regardless of religion, nationality, or race. That's people for you. And to lump all people in a single group as right, or better, or not those things, is being ignorant of truth & reality.

      February 8, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • Sean

      The difference many of you are mission is the generalization effect. There are always exceptions, however they general rule applies to the majority. Education is tough for theist I know.. but how do you know you don’t like it if you haven’ tried it?

      February 14, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • richunix

      Atheism is not a religion nor is it a belief.

      Stephen F Roberts: “I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”

      February 15, 2012 at 8:24 am | Reply
      • MG.

        ...and why people dismiss you!

        February 16, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  3. will


    February 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  4. will


    February 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Azeez

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  5. will


    February 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  6. BIGAL

    will's stupid

    February 6, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  7. will

    yo moma

    February 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  8. BIGAL

    wat up jennifer.

    February 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  9. will


    February 6, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  10. jennifer

    hey bigal 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  11. BIGAL

    waz up

    February 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      nothing but the roof

      February 7, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • Beefburger

      "jennifer" is actually a 55 year old, 300Lb, sweaty naked guy.

      February 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  12. jennifer

    the sky 🙁

    February 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  13. BIGAL

    true true

    February 6, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  14. jennifer


    February 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  15. jennifer

    JH 🙂

    February 6, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  16. jennifer


    February 6, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  17. bob

    LOL christians

    February 7, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  18. Rakwitiushbulbma Saritaharitha Jones

    Can't we all just get along? 우리 모두 사이 좋게 지낼 수 없어?

    February 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  19. NeedMoreLions

    If we listened to the pope, the sun would still revolve around the earth. Send in the Lions.

    February 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  20. Mustafa

    What are the Muslims doing world wide to fight social injustice? Or what are the Hindus doing? Freedom of religion in this country has turned into a cheap criticism towards Christianity.

    February 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
    • CoryRBoin

      Finally, someone with a heart and a brain. I was scrolling down to see hoping to see someone who actually cares about another the human race.

      God, forgive us for what we have become.

      February 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      @ Mustafa
      You are confusing the myth of western Christianity with the reality. (Seems to be a habit of theists) For those ‘Christians’ who believe your religion is superior to others or about ‘love’ I suggest you read your own bible. You can WANT it to be all you like…doesn’t change your track record or scripture.

      February 14, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • blucorsair

        ...and it doesn't change your statists-socialists like Hitler, Mao and Stalins record either! ...look what they accomplished for humanity!

        February 16, 2012 at 2:07 am |
  21. Havildar

    In the USA we have all the freedom anyone would want. For Example Catholics can march to the orders from a foreign government and the 'neo -right-wing so called Christian's / Evangelicals will try to manipulate the Political atmosphere in the mistaken belief that this would bring on the second coming of Jesus Christ. (Yet if only they read the bible and listened to the words of Jesus one would think by now they would have learned that nothing that a person can do in this world would influence the second coming except on God's own timetable.)

    February 10, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • Steven Weinberg

      Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would
      have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
      But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion."- Steven Weinberg

      February 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • Pontious Pilot

        Steven Weinburg – religion is not 'an insult to human dignity", religion is whatever you want to make it. Those that do believe (and there is a sliding scale of amount of belief) do so because they want to, not because someone told them to at least not in the Western nations of the world.
        Good people do bad things all the time, and bad people do good things all the time. You have to really narrow down what you mean by 'good and bad'.
        Please take more time and phrase your comments better

        February 14, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • GimmeeABreak

        Steven – That isn't your best attempt! China, North Korea, and Russia abandoned Religion and look at their human rights records. In mainly Muslim countries it is almost as bad. But in countries where there is a broadly Christian base things are so much better all round.

        February 24, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  22. Great-grammy

    There is a BIG difference between 'religion'..........and, 'spiritual'.
    "Religion" is controlling.............."Spiritual" is setting-free.
    "Religion" produces fear.............."Spiritual" sets us free to LOVE!
    And, LOVE changes everything. GOD is LOVE!

    February 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • GimmeeABreak

      I am a practising Catholic and I try to live my faith. I don't find it constricting in the slightest becaise I love God [ more than I love myself,] and I love my fellow men. When people baspheme on some of these posts, I get really mad , not because they're unloveable, but because they are insulting and disrespectful and I absolutely refuse to accept it.

      Generalizations don't usually work in any discussion.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:48 am | Reply
  23. Ewan Jellyst

    It is the burden of White Christian men to save the women of the world. Great work! In this place women are being exploited in a truck stop. In non christian untrue faiths, women are victims of exploitation in every home. Jesus wants Christian men to save these women, and this will also help in planting the True Christian Faith in the hearts of their future progeny through Christian men of the US Evangelical Churches, and in harvesting their souls for Jesus rather than letting their souls rot as anti Jesus untrue Faith people.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:11 am | Reply
  24. Sean

    At any point these women could walk over to a policeman (often seen at truck stops) or inside to an employee to call the police. Fact is these women chose to stay where they are. There is no slavery here. Stop trying to ‘save’ those who don’t want to be saved. You look pathetic.

    February 14, 2012 at 10:17 am | Reply
  25. hope

    The Polaris Project has always been a fore-runner in the fight against modern-day slavery. Amazing results when various organizations and law enforcement work together.

    Putting one's personal faith aside... keep those mountains moving!


    February 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  26. The truth

    America is 5% of the world population black men in the us. Make up .003 of the world population but make up 12% of the worlds prison population how can american cgristians have the nerve to talk about world slavery when there still practicing it at home?

    February 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
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  27. Ando

    Repent and ask God to forgive your sins and accept Jesus as your Lord and savior. Until you do that, you are a slave to your own sinful nature. If you are offended by this or have doubts, ask God to reveal himself to you and be willing to accept what he shows you about yourself and about His nature.

    February 19, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
  28. The end of time!

    The world is in a tail spin to the point no man or earthly human can fix it ! its the last days as we see with these weather problems showing us the signs, if you read the bible you'll know we have nothing to worry about. God is now in charge and always will be. These things will come to pass ! pray for your families safety and to be provided for and live a clean life!

    February 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  29. Mike

    The question here "was" What's the role of faith in fighting slavery? – What's so difficult with sticking with the subject at hand? This topic has been hijacked and by mostly ignorant people with unpatriotic, rude, untruthful comments about our President. Now, if you can say something about faith in fighting slavery, that would be a start. Faith is positive energy and regardless of what religion you are, any group that can do anything to undo the wrongdoings of others, is a good thing.

    February 27, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
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    When u have faith. There is nothing u can not do.an believe it, he let us know that any thing we say so shall it be, so u can that to your own life.ask God to grant u ur hart desiy', he has don it for me i give him all the glory amen,

    March 6, 2012 at 5:30 am | Reply
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    Why is everyone wasting time arguing and bashing Christians? That's not even what this article was focused on. We should be discussing the 27 million inncoent people enslaved. We should be raising awareness and taking action to end human trafficking.

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