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From the Portland Press Herald

From the Portland Press Herald

Ariel Castro. This name has now joined the ranks of other recent captors and rapists like Phillip and Nancy Garrido, Brian Mitchell and Wanda Barzee, and Josef Fritzl. For over nine years this psychopath mercilessly tortured three young women he kidnapped and kept locked up in his home. Day after day, for about 3400 straight days, his victims endured this sadist’s demonic fantasies.

Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight, and Amanda Berry endured brutal sexual assaults, beatings– including to induce miscarriages– starvation, and all manner of horrors in Castro’s dungeon. Berry gave birth to a daughter during this ordeal– imagine what that child has been through. These women now have serious medical problems and have been through unspeakable psychological trauma. Today I heard that one woman needs reconstructive surgery. (more…)

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Oh no. Not that question.

Squirming in my chair, I was listening to the questions being asked of Phil, an anti-human trafficking activist with Frontline for Justice. It was Phil’s presentation, not mine, but my education and life experiences had me champing at the bit to back him on some of his answers.

Who does this? Why do they do it? Who are the customers? Why don’t the victims leave? Phil, an engaging speaker who had recently been on a mission trip to Thailand, was fielding these queries as he discussed the modern horrors of human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking. The audience was captivated and wanted to know what they could do to help stop it. (more…)

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