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Well, welcome to The 700 Club. America has counted on Pakistan as a key ally in the war
on terror. But it turned out that Osama bin Laden was hiding there for years.
Now many in Congress say it's time to cut the billions of dollars we send to Pakistan
in foreign aid. John Jessup has the story from Washington.
When President Bush declared war on terror in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan
pledged its support. But there has always been tension in the air for the mostly Muslim
nation with little love for the US.
The fact that Osama bin Laden was found hiding in a million-dollar fortified compound just
north of the capital has strained the relationship even more.
I think that the Pakistani army and intelligence have a lot of questions to answer.
In Washington, a growing chorus of lawmakers question if Pakistan knowingly provided safe
harbor to al Qaeda's top man.
We have a lot of reason to believe that elements of their intelligence community continue to
be very closely in touch with, and perhaps supportive of terrorist groups that are fighting
us and the Afghans in Afghanistan.
Like President Bush said, either you're with us or you're against us. And if you're harboring
terrorists, then you're our enemy.
Now, some are calling to cut foreign aid to the nuclear armed nation. In a letter addressed
to a House Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Allen West wrote, "Unless we get
a clear explanation of what the government of Pakistan knew about the whereabouts of
Osama bin Laden, all foreign aid from American taxpayers to this nation needs to cease."
But some say why stop there.
We don't need to pay people to hate us. They will do it on their own.
Texas Congressman Ted Poe has drafted a bill that would change the way Congress votes on
foreign aid. Instead of one lump sum bill that funds every nation receiving money, his
proposal would let lawmakers vote country by country, which would keep money from going
to foreign governments he says have interests counter to ours.
Why do we give money to Lebanon, the country that now is controlled by Hezbollah, a terrorist
organization that's firing missiles into Israel? Why do we do that? And why do we give money
to China? They own most of our debt, but yet they get some type of aid from the United
States. This is absurd. It's a waste of taxpayer money.
President Obama, in defending his budget, says foreign aid only accounts for one percent
of the entire federal budget. Others say a country-by-country vote would also hamper
the way the administration conducts foreign policy. But Poe believes if the goal of foreign
aid is to get other countries to like us, it's not working. More than that, he says
it's about making tough choices for the future and what's in the best interests of America.
Maybe some of the motivation for this foreign aid is wholesome. Maybe it's a good idea.
But we don't have the money. The United States is broke.
Pakistan insists it did not know where Osama bin Laden was hiding and blames the lapse
in locating him on worldwide intelligence failures. Now that excuse probably won't fly
with those on Capitol Hill, especially since the Obama Administration has requested nearly
three billion dollars in foreign aid for Pakistan in its 2012 budget. John Jessup, CBN News,
Thanks, John. I've been thinking about this. I was over in Pakistan. I met with the president
of Pakistan several years ago. I've known some Pakistani businessmen. We were going
to do something. And it's an interesting country. Many, many of the leaders over there were
trained in religious Christian schools. But it's a Muslim country. It was a Muslim enclave
that split off from Hindu India. And they have been fighting over Kashmir. And the president
told me it cost them three billion dollars to keep a force up there. But here's the deal.
They have nuclear weapons. They have a nuclear program. There was a man named Khan who gave
secrets to the Chinesenot so much to the Chinese, to the North Koreans. And that was
a leak out of Pakistan. Now, here's what we ought to do. We ought to sit down with their
civilian leaders and say, "Fellows, here's the deal. You are a poor country. You're almost
broke. We're giving you all these billions of dollars. Now either you fire the people
in the ISI who are leaking all this strategic information or we're going to cut off your
money." And I think as long as we've got them on a string more or less, we should continue
to play it. I think to cut them off totally, they will go into the arms of the Chinese
or the Russians or the Taliban or somebody, and they will become our avowed enemy. So
I think we ought to play it smart. We just can't write them a blank check, but somebody
needs to go over there and sit down with the civilian leaders and say, "Gentlemen, we've
had enough. You've known about our enemy. You've hidden him in this enclave. The Congress
is up in arms against you. Now behave yourselves or else." And I think they'll listen to that
kind of logic. It has to be done diplomatically and subtly, but nevertheless, that's it; and
if they do not do what we ask them to do, then we cut off the money. And I think that
would be a good way of getting their adherence to the principles that they profess. So basically
that's the way it is. But you find many of them, they've been trained as Britons, they've
been trained as Americans. They speak with British accents, et cetera. And so we'll see.
But that's the way to handle it in my opinion. But I think to cut them off and just say,
"All right, no more money," bang. They'll take their nuclear weapons and go someplace
else, and it won't be very pleasant. Well, Lee Webb has the rest of our top stories from
the CBN Newsroom. Lee.
Pat, President Barack Obama heads to New York to honor victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
He will meet with family members and attend a ceremony at Ground Zero. More details now
are being released about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Officials say when Navy Seals entered the room where he was discovered, a woman charged
toward them. The Seals quickly grabbed her, fearing she might be wearing a suicide vest.
Bin Laden was unarmed, but an assault rifle and pistol were said to be within his reach
. . . .
. . . . and officials say the Seals fired after he lunged for those weapons. Attorney
General Eric Holder says the team carried out the raid and was prepared to take bin
Laden alive, but he made no attempt to surrender.
President Obama announced Wednesday that a photo of bin Laden's body will not be released.
He said he does not want the photo to incite violence.
President Obama has gotten a bounce in the polls after he ordered the mission to get
bin Laden. The president's job approval rating jumped to 57 percent in the New York Times/CBS
poll, up from 46 percent last month. And he's up to 56 percent in a poll from the Washington
Post and Pew Research Center. That's up nine percent from a month ago. Pat, the reality,
though, is that his job approval as it relates to the economy is in the 30s. That's not good
You remember Bush was 91 percent after that, well, triumph, in that first Gulf War. I told
him he was going to be a hero. He was a hero, 91 percent. But before long, the Clinton people
started playing "it's the economy, stupid." And they played the economy, the economy,
the economy. Interestingly enough, after the election, the economy began to turn around.
But it was too late to save Bush. Well, the economy is in the tank and it's getting worse.
And that's what the election is going to hinge on, not the fact that they captured some terrorist.
But I think this bounce will dissipate probably in the next three or four weeks. And we'll
go back to thinking about jobs and money and the cost of gasoline. Gas, over four bucks
a gallon, it's going to kill him unless he can do something, and I don't think he can.
More than 60 percent of Americans say they don't want their taxes used to pray for abortions.
Now the House of Representatives has voted 251 to 175 to ban that funding. Paul Strand
has that story from Washington.
Congress has been voting year after year every year since the 1970s to prevent federal funds
from paying for abortions. Now the House has passed a bill to make that ban permanent.
Pro-life leaders like Chris Smith say it is necessary with such a pro-choice Senate and
President Obama has been, sadly, the abortion president.
But that also means the Senate isn't likely to pass the ban, and even if it did, Obama
plans to veto it. Still, passion ran high as pro-life legislators argued Wednesday for
As a physician, a family physician who has practiced for 34 years, I can tell you that
the taking of innocent life is not health care.
And while abortion has been ruled legal by the Supreme Court, in no way does the ability
to perform an act require taxpayer funding of the act, especially when it goes against
most of their sacred beliefs.
Private citizen Nancy Tanner joined the pro-life lawmakers to say how much she regrets the
abortion she thought would be a quick fix.
No woman can go through an experience where they take the jar with your baby's body parts
and dump it in front of you to count pieces, in front of your eyes. Makes you think that
this is going to be a quick and easy fix.
As the House debated the ban, pro-choice Democrats attacked the bill as unnecessary and not really
This is about whether we should use the tax code as a moral club to impose the religious
beliefs of a few members of Congress on the entire nation.
The right to choose is absolutely meaningless without access to choice. And HR-3 creates
obstacles for women to access safe, legal, and constitutionally protected health care.
Pro-life Republicans fired back that their bill isn't about outlawing women's choice.
HR-3 is about insuring that taxpayers aren't on the hook for paying for that choice.
One Democrat claimed:
There are no taxpayer dollars being used to pay for abortions, none, zero.
But a Republican countered that without a ban, the government itself estimates it would
. . . . as many as 675,000 abortions each year.
And forcing taxpayers to pay for the indiscriminate killing of helpless little baby Americans
is not good government.
Paul Strand, CBN News, Washington.
The Mississippi River continues to rise and threaten communities along its banks. The
rising water is being called a, quote, "slow motion disaster." Forecasters say the high
water could break records set in the 1920s. President Obama declared parts of Tennessee,
Mississippi, and Kentucky disasters, making them eligible for federal help in Arkansas.
Flooding shut down a 23 mile stretch in the main highway connecting Little Rock and Memphis.
Shocking. I was told earlier today it may be the worst flooding in 500 years. We're
talking about something that is just humungous. And the average person on the east coast isn't
aware of it. It's just terrible flooding. But we've been water shortages, and now we
have too much. But I think it has to do with those ocean currents. I don't know what else
would be causing this freakish weather, but it's probably the streams out there in the
Pacific, the El Nino or La Nina effect.
Well, they're trying desperately to do things to change it, but you really are a victim
of the circumstances of this.
Well, some of these tributaries are actually flowing upstream there is so much water. They're
flowing reverse the current. But those who live there, it's enough to say, "Well, hey,
this is a bad storm." But to those who are suffering, we've got to do what we can do
to help them. Lee.
Today marks the 60th National Day of Prayer. It is the day when millions of Americans gather
across the country to pray for the nation and our leaders in government, business, education,
and the church. This year's theme: A Mighty Fortress is Our God, taken from Psalm 91.
This year's honorary chair is Joni Eareckson Tada. She wants her involvement to highlight
veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It's our military who bear the wounds of conflict. These people really have my heart. And I think
I bring that unique perspective as a person with a disability.
That she does. Joni was paralyzed in 1967 following a diving accident. A legal challenge
almost prevented the National Day of Prayer, though. But an appeals court threw out that
And you can find out more about the National Day of Pray by going to our website at CBNNews.com.
Thanks, Lee. And don't just talk about it as a news event. Gather together in your place
of worship, wherever it is, or in your home, and pray for this nation. We've got problems
that are not solvable by human wisdom. They would only be solvable by the grace of Almighty
God. And we need to call upon Him. So I appreciate Shirley Dobson who is the chairman, national
chairman, and was on this program a couple of days ago telling about it. But it's still
time wherever you are to pray for this nation. You don't have to go somewhere. You can if
you want to, but you don't have to. But pray. And God hears the prayers of His people. Terry.
Well, coming up, from Dolly Madison to Michelle Obama, hear the secrets of America's First
Mrs. Reagan used to get her hair done every other day. So every other day it looked great.
But on the days that it didn't look great, I kid you not, we would hear about it. We'd
get the phone calls.
How the role of the real First Wives' Club has evolved over the years. That's next.
Got a question for Pat? Send us yours now on CBN.com. We'll Bring It Online with your
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Well, schoolchildren are made to name the presidents. You know, "who was the first president,
the second president, the third president?" and so forth. You get to fourth or fifth,
you start stumbling a little bit, but who knows the first ladies? What about them? The
women behind them. Well as America prepares for Mother's Day, this Sunday, Jennifer Wishon
brings us this look at the legacy of America's first ladies.
It's been described as the second hardest job in America. An ad for the First Lady might
read something like this, "Wanted: Remarkable woman willing to work without pay. Must offer
opinions on subjects from fashion to hunger to peace in the Middle East. Benefits include
travel to exotic war-torn locales and endless paparazzi. No experience necessary, perfection
preferred." There's no real job description for the first lady. Instead the position is
shaped by the women who hold it. All of the nation's first ladies have served in their
The hugely popular Dolly Madison did not escape censure for her use of cosmetics and snuff,
not to mention spending $11,000 on refurbishing a shabby executive mansion.
It's no bed of roses. First ladies are criticized for the way they dress, how they decorate
the White House, even how they style their hair.
You know, Mrs. Reagan used to get her hair done every other day. So every other day it
looked great and every other day it looked not so great. But on the days that it didn't
look great, I kid you not, we would hear about it. We'd get the phone calls.
There is no fund to keep the first lady looking great. Hair and clothing expenses come out
of their own pockets, just like America's other ladies.
The level of scrutiny is such that there is just no margin for error, and I think that
is something every modern first lady faces. But I think it just gets even more and more
so just because of cable TV and the 24-7 news cycle.
Despite the scrutiny, first ladies influence policy and play important roles in diplomacy.
Their staffs say they have the ability to do things behind the scenes in ways their
husbands can't. For instance, Gahl Hodges Burt, former Reagan social secretary says
Nancy Reagan often deflected slings and arrows intended for "the Gipper" and even helped
facilitate critical talks between President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev during the Cold
People now recognize that there is a person there; there is a brain there.
And, of course, every champions her own cause.
What every first lady discovers early on, sometimes to her surprise, is just what a
remarkable platform she has been given, just how far her voice can carry. And that can
be used for all sorts of positive things, but it's also sometimes a warning that if
she says something off message or politically controversial, then there might be a price
Laura Bush championed women's rights in Afghanistan, pushing for education and preventative health
What I loved most about her is that she never forgot a detail. She connected with people
really all over the world, because she paid attention to who they are and what her environment
was and really, really connected.
Susan Sher, a long-time friend and former chief of staff to Michelle Obama, says Mrs.
Obama developed an interest in helping military families after hearing their stories on the
campaign trail with her husband.
That left an impact on her, and she was very clear from the very beginning that she wanted
to work with military families to ease their burdens if there was a way to do that.
Interest in the current first family is perhaps unprecedented. But the Obamas aren't afraid
to steal private moments in the midst of public events.
Some of the photos that I've seen where they're sort of taking a private moment in a very
public arena is something that I think is important to them, that no matter what else
happens, to keep the relationship going.
Those who have worked for first ladies say the thing that Americans often forget is that
the women playing America's hostess also have to deal with the everyday challenges of life.
Mrs. Reagan had breast cancer. The president had colon cancer. There was an attempted assassination
on him. Her mother died while she was in office.
They must also absorb criticism.
I mean, think about it, this is the person she cared most for in her life that she loved
so deeply, yet day to day was pretty brutal and that she was able to create this sanctuary
around their family that really was where they derived a great deal of strength.
So what about the day when America welcomes its first female president and her first gentleman
into the White House?
I think in our lifetime we may very well see a woman president, and then perhaps the title
will be retired. And more important, maybe the double standard will be retired, because
I guarantee you people won't pay as much attention to what the first gentleman wears or how he
styles his hair; and then maybe that will be the ultimate success of the modern women's
movement, that everyone is assessed by the same standards.
Until then, America's first ladies will continue to shape their un-elected office and leave
their marks on American history. Jennifer Wishon, CBN News, Washington.
Well, thank you, that's interesting. Do you have your hair styled every other day?
Sometimes. If I'm here working, I have it every day.
Really? Oh my goodness!
How about you?
Well if you call, having somebody . . . .
You better be careful because tomorrow's look depends this response.
Oh boy! Okay, well, they work us over every day, but it's not quite the same thing as
having a perm.
Hey listen, I am blessed by that. I'm thankful for it.
It looks like the international first lady is going to be Kate Middleton, now the Duchess
Yes, and coming to America.
Stunning looking young lady. But Jackie Kennedy had it. She had the look, the poise, spoke
I think each of these women is very incredibly unique and gifted an amazingly giving in such
It makes a lot of difference, you know. When I was running for president, my wife had her
own staff. She had a plane assigned to her, small King Air, Queen Air, one of those planes.
And she got better press than I did. Everybody seemed to like her everywhere she went, the
crowds adored her. They didn't always adore me, but they adored her.
She's got a great sense of humor.
She does indeed. All right, what's next?
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Forty years ago John Cozart song pornography for the very first time. But that day, John
didn't just open up the pages of a magazine. He opened up his world to a lifetime of addiction.
The first time I looked at pornography, it was exciting but yet I felt like I was doing
something wrong, something that I was not supposed to be doing. It was difficult to
put it down. It was difficult to walk away from it. The addiction began to take root.
John Cozart was a young boy when he first saw pornographic magazines at a friend's house.
It wasn't long before he had his own stack of magazines and a secret addiction.
A lot of sneaking around, a lot of secrecy, a cycle of self-gratification, looking at
the magazines, it continued throughout my teenage years.
He married Joy at 19 and hoped his addiction was over. It wasn't. And the Internet made
it easy to be discreet at home.
There was this euphoric feeling that just swept through me, and it took me to another
place. Some of the stuff that was popping up, it was a lot more graphic more sexually
explicit than what I was exposed to even as a teenager, than the magazines that I had
looked at. I had this feeling like, "Wow, here we go again. This thing's followed me
into my marriage." I found myself retreating to my office and spending more and more time
looking at pornography on the computer, and once again keeping it a secret from my wife.
John became a Christian in his twenties but still felt powerless to overcome his porn
Because of the guilt, because of the shame I began to withdraw from the Lord, and looking
back there was probably a withdrawal from my wife even early on. And the guilt was telling
me that I was doing something wrong, and the shame was telling me that I was wrong, that
there was something wrong with me.
His secret was revealed when Joy walked into his office. She was shocked to see pictures
of naked women on his computer screen.
It was almost like I had just put a knife into her. She had that look in her face, in
her eyes like, "You've just betrayed me, you've just. How could you? After all that we've
been through." The trust was gone. Everything that we had built over the years of our marriage
was gone. There was nothing I could say. My words meant nothing. My apology meant nothing.
"I'm sorry" meant nothing.
Hope finally arrived when a friend gave John a CD called Somebody's Daughter, a Journey
to Freedom from Pornography.
I just wanted to be free. I wanted to be pure. I was a Christian and I wanted to get back
that intimacy that I had early on as a new Christian, as a new believer. I remember the
first day that I ever listened to that CD; and I felt like for the very first time that
there was hope. It was like somebody was saying to me, "I know where you're at. I know what
you've gone through. I know what you're going through now." And they were telling me that,
"You can get through this." And I felt like at that particular point that God was answering
John took the first steps on his journey toward freedom from pornography.
It really started with me just being honest and being vulnerable and saying, "This is
where I'm at." The thing about sexual sin is it thrives in secrecy, in darkness. That's
where it lives. Once I began to verbalize my addiction, the power began to subside,
and it started to diminish just almost overnight. The intimacy that I once had with God has
returned. There's a passage of scripture in Psalm 51 that says, "Restore unto me the joy
of thy salvation." Being free, that joy has been restored. My wife and I will be celebrating
thirty years of marriage, and I'm proud of that I really am. Man, she is the love of
John runs Unshackled Ministries. He is devoted to help men find freedom from pornography
addiction, just as he did.
The Bible says, "Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
So when I read that verse, man, that tells me that God Himself does not condemn me/ He
doesn't condone my sin; but God loves me, and there's nothing that I could do that could
ever separate me from God's love. He's there willing and waiting to set us free, to give
us the life that we've longed for. It starts with honesty. It starts with confession. Once
you bring this sin out of the darkness and into the light, that's when freedom begins.
Freedom, freedom, freedom. You say "Well, I'm not a slave." Well, remember in Jesus'
day they said we were born of fornication; we are Abraham's children. Yeah, sure. Jesus
said, "The devil is your father." You don't realize, perhaps, ladies and gentlemen, unless
you're male, what happens when a young boy is 11, 12, 13 years old and is exposed to
pictures of naked women. He'd never seen that before, and all of a sudden the hormones are
starting to build up in his body; and he sees one of those pictures, and it sears into his
consciousness; and it stays with him. It's much more pervasive, whether it's in a comic
book or whether it's in a magazine or whatever. It doesn't take much. And suddenly that thing
is there and it's imprinted. They say a certain type of fowl like chickens or whatever, when
they are born they get something imprinted, they get the picture of their mother imprinted
in their brain, so they follow them. That's what happens; it imprints in their brain.
They need to get set free from this, otherwise it will get worse and worse and worse. Now
it can normally go into more normal type of activity and heterosexual activity, marriage
and so forth. But I tell you what, the shame may be there; and God does not want to shame
you. He understands how you got made. He understands the hormones. He understands the sex drive.
He understands what's going on in your life. He understands that. God knows you. God does
not want to condemn you. That's the thing you've got to understand. He is not somebody
who wants to condemn and hurt you. God wants to redeem you, because He wants you in Heaven.
He wants an eternity filled with people who love Jesus and love him and are part of his
wonderful kingdom. That's what God wants. He does not want to hurt you. So if you will
come to him, tell Him what's going on in your life. Tell Him what's going on in your heart.
Tell Him what's going on in your mind. Now, more and more women are getting hooked on
this stuff. It used to be just boys and men, but now women are having all these fantasies;
and it's going the same way. God wants to set you free today, and He does it out of
love. Come to Him right now. The Bible says He made a show of them openly, triumphing
in His cross. Pray with me right now. Pray these words; bow your head, "Jesus," say it.
"Jesus, you know what's going on in my life. Lord, You made me. You know the urges that
I have, set me free from that which is not wholesome. Set me free from that which is
not part of your plan. Lord, fill me with your Spirit. I receive you as Savior. I receive
you as Lord, and I thank you that you want me to be part of Heaven. Now Lord, from this
moment on I am yours. Take me, all the urges and all the desires, and make me part of your
family. Thank you Lord. In Jesus' name, amen." Now if you prayed that with me, if you've
got any of that porn in your house, get rid of it.
If you're looking at the Internet, you'd be better to take your computer and throw it
away and put it in the garbage can than to watch that stuff on the computer, and so available.
So you've got to cut it loose. The Bible says that if your eye offends you, tear it out.
So, get rid of it. And from this moment on, God's going to bless you. Now if you prayed
with me just then, I want you to get a book I've got. I've got a book called, "A New Day."
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Pat and Terry will be back with more of The 700 Club after this.
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A growing number of women and girls around the world are forced to become sex slaves.
The problem is getting worse in America. Kristy Childs knows from experience, because she
used to be one.
I was born in a smaller town in Missouri and left home, started running away, very abusive
stepfather. Through running away, every time I'm told I'm bad at home, now the system that's
arresting me and taking me back to that environment is telling me I'm bad. I knew to get away
I was going to have to leave. So I started hitchhiking, and my prostitution started there.
Through the truck drivers, I was doing whatever I had to do to survive, trading sex for a
place to stay, for food. Ended up in Denver, turned out with a pimp on the streets and
was prostituting. Had an intermission time where I was married and had a child and was
not able to adjust. I had never gotten help for the trauma and all the other issues that
I had endured, ended up going back to that lifestyle. I was very depressed. This is when
I was praying to die, and using drugs. It was a very, very, dark time. I can remember
just moaning out to God to let me die. Just please, I wanted to die. Ended up pregnant,
already had a child that I was incapable to mother, and did not want to bring another
child into this world with my situation the way it was. So I went to abort my son, twice,
and couldn't go through with it. I was threatening to miscarriage, so I was bleeding, and I thought,
"Oh thank you, God; this is my answer. I'm not going to have to have an abortion." Because
I had had abortions, many of them, and was made to have several abortions. Ended up at
the emergency room. They were going to do a DNC, but before they did that, they wanted
to see if there was a heartbeat. The moment I heard my son's heartbeat, God just spoke
into my spirit and told me, "I'm going to bring you out. Have your baby, and I'm going
to bring you out." I was immediately relieved from my depression. I was immediately relieved
from my drug addiction. I've been 18 years clean. My son is 17. My son makes my heart
feel big, things that he does and he achieves, and even things that he fails in. He's just
so awesome. Everyone that meets him loves him so much. He's truly a miracle child, and
he was my miracle; and he is what God used to make me into the person that I am today.
There's different pockets throughout the city where prostitution activity is going on. The
Johns now where to go. Yeah, she is working. We do whatever we can. We recognize, that
we're dealing with posttraumatic stress, and we recognize they're full of anger, because
they're full of pain, full of pain. We're peer counselors, being survivors. Here we
do peer survivor-based counseling or support. And we do individualized treatment. They cannot
just walk away from it. We work on an exit plan to assist them to make those steps. I
used what happened for me to help these women.
After leaving the sex industry, Kristy Childs became the founder of Veronica's Voice, and
she joins us now on The 700 Club. Kristy, thanks for coming.
Hi, thanks for having me.
Where did the name "Veronica's Voice" come from?
In 1988 I came back to Kansas City, and that's when I met a young girl who is 14 by the name
of Veronica. Veronica was murdered in 1993, and I named the program after her, to honor
her, and to honor all the other women and girls throughout history that we have lost
to this devastating trade.
When we think of sex slaves, we often think of Third World countries, but you say it is
just as bad, if not worse right here in the United States. Tell me about that.
Well, it's estimated that for every foreign national victim that is brought in from another
country and put on American soil, we are ready have 14 of our own victims here.
Kristy, talk about how women get trapped in this lifestyle. How does that occur?
Well, for one thing, when you have a bias against you, there is a bias that is built
around prostitution. So when a woman is trapped in that, to get out, because there's nowhere
to turn, it's like where do you turn to for those kind of things. The bias from society
has always fallen unto the woman's part in this. Throughout history, this has been a
survival circumstance for many, many, women and children. So, what happens is that there
is a belief system that comes, that society helps perpetuate along with the exploiter,
the pimp, and society helps to enforce what the pimp is doing by criminalizing the women
and girls that are involved in prostitution.
Will you talk a little bit about what these women and children endure on a daily basis?
Oh my gosh, just the act itself, of a trade, of sex for something, be it for food, a safe
place to sleep, money, whatever that exchange is, many of the clients that we have expressed
that its "paid rape." That is how they view it. The violence, though, is also perpetuated
through other activities. If you don't have your quota, if you're under pimp control,
and you don't have your quota, there's violence that takes place within that relationship
as well as you're seeing many men that you don't know, so the rate of physical violence
along with murder is very high.
Will you talk about who the pimps in these scenarios are? What are they like?
Well, everyone kind of has this stereotypical idea of what a pimp is. Pimps can be anyone
that is exploiting someone else sexually, for-profit, for gain, be it for drugs and
cigarette money. Many parents do it. Here in America, that's really hard to believe.
There was a case where a high school coach was pimping out some of the girls from high
school. So a pimp can be anyone. It can be mom and pop. It can be gang related, so a
lot of gangs have activity that goes on where they are exploiting girls. So there's not
really a stereotypical type.
Kristy, can I ask youthe average age of the child, I understand, entering into the
sex industry is about 12 years old. That's the age you were when all of this started
for you. What could have been different? What could have been there that would have helped
I think people just did not have the knowledge that they're gaining now. I believe a lot
of that knowledge is coming from survivors like myself, stepping forward to bring into
the light the reality of what this life is. The juvenile system was not set up to ask
the right questions. There was abuse happening within my home and this, is a lot of what
happens to young people that drives them out of the home as well as parents that actually
throw their kids out. So, whatever is alive will do whatever it has to in order to stay
alive, and that's just the fact of the matter. What people don't realize is that prior to
going into prostitution there's usually trauma, and then it's compacted with the life itself.
And then the other traumas that go on during that life. So it's just a whole lot of complex
traumas that have to be worked through to escape.
Well, Kristi, thank you so much for being the voice for so many of these young women,
for these children. If all of you would like more information on Veronica's Voice and how
you can help women trapped in the sex trade, log onto CBN.com. Pat.
Tragedy isn't it? Tragedy ladies and gentlemen happening. We need to do something about it.
Regent University has set up a center to fight this global sex trade, to give legal representation
to some of these girls in other countries as well as here. Throughout the show, our
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More than a week after deadly tornadoes rampaged through the South, the death toll has risen
to more than 350. In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at least 200 people are still missing. Some
50 miles away in Pratt City, Operation Blessing is on the ground helping homeowners dig out
from mounds of debris.
We have our heavy equipment, our 20 ton crane, our loader, our Skid Steer, things that most
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owners, literally saves them thousands and thousands of dollars. So Operation Blessing,
as normal, is focusing on the uninsured, the single moms, the elderly, the widows, the
people that don't have anybody else to help them.
Winds of 200 miles per hour whipped through Walter Williams, Jr's, neighborhood.
It's just devastating. You never think it's going to happen at your house. You see it
on the news all the time, but you never think it will actually hit home where you're staying.
Operation Blessing is patching up the gaping hole in his roof.
God is still working through people to help other people. You guys have been a blessing,
and I'm sure not just to me and my family but to others here in the community.
It's heartbreaking to see the neighborhood that you lived in for so long in this condition.
They've already removed the tree from my roof. It's been a big help to me also in that aspect
of it, because I really didn't know anyone to get the tree removed from my house. I have
to do that; and they're going to put a tarp on also, so that helped me out. That helped
me out a lot, tremendously.
Operation Blessing's mobile kitchen unit has already served over 10,000 hot meals. Operation
Blessing will continue to feed tornado survivors and help rebuild leveled communities.
When I think about our CBN partners, we would say that right now, cash donations are the
best, because we need resources here in the area; and for us it's better if we get cash
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You know, it starts by all of us reaching out a helping hand to let the people who have
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You can also give by logging on to CBN.com. Well, you've got a little bit of time left
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Let's take it. All right go for it.
This is John who says, "How do you get rid of lust? I tried to pray but it's still there."
You know, the Bible says, perfect love casts out fear. You have to have something filling
you to cast out the bad. You can't just say, "I want to pray against the bad." Focus on
Jesus. Fill yourself with Jesus. Think about Him. Think about Him all day. Read the Bible.
Focus on the wholesome, whatever is wholesome, whatever is pure, whatever is good. If you
focus on porn, you focus on TV, you focus on all the things that are in this world,
you will constantly be drawn back into this. And don't focus on the lust and say "God,
set me free from lust, lust, lust." So all you're doing is giving voice to it. Think
about Jesus. "Fill me with yourself, I love you Lord." Focus on the Lord. That's how.
Fill yourself with Him and it will crowd out the other. All right.
This is Robert who says, "I would like to fast a couple days a month to show my respect
for God. But was advised not to because of diabetes. What should I do?
You should listen to your doctor. I think God is not asking you to fast. You don't have
to fast. I'm sorry; it's not in the Bible you have to fast two days a month or something.
If the doctor says that this will hurt your diabetes, would cause you maybe to die, then
don't do it.
There are other things that you can fast from, too, that . . . .
Oh, oh, sure. The old thing is Lent. I'm going to give up sweets or something. You don't
have to necessarily starve yourself. You can fast from a lot of things. Fast from television.
Fast all kinds of things.
Computer, especially computer. All right what?
Okay, this is Christine, who says, "I'm 19, and my parents forced me to go to college.
They want me to be the first in my family to graduate from college, but I don't think
college is for me. Should I honor my parents and stay in or follow my heart and pursue
Well, honey, what are your dreams? You haven't told us what your dreams are. I think by having
a college degree you can get there faster. But what do you want to do? Are you dreaming
to be a truck driver? Well that's different. What is your dream? But normally speaking,
you can achieve a great higher level of income and status by having a college degree. It
just a equips you more for the world you live in, and to help fulfill some of your dreams.
I don't know what your dreams are, so should you follow your parents? Yes. Yes. All right.
This is Charlotte, who says, "My husband is violent. Our son is copying his father's behavior.
Our marriage is in shambles. I'm trying to be a forgiving wife, but is it wise for us
No, I think you ought to leave. I don't counsel divorce, but a thing like that, he's making
it impossible for you to live there. I mean, I think that's the idea. It's what I call
a constructive desertion. He has actually deserted you by doing that, and he's destroying
your child. What else?
Okay, this is Tammy who says, "As a child I was baptized in a church that I just found
out was false. Do I need to be baptized again?"
Well, I don't know what church you are talking about is false, but the answer is were you
baptized to Jesus? I think yes, you probably should again . . . .
Just have a fresh beginning and know that you know, that you know, that you know.
Well yes, you don't want to taint of some cult on you; and so I think you need submit
yourself to somebody who's filled with the Holy Spirit and be baptized in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name. Well that's all the
time we got to the show, thank you for your questions. I wish we had more time for questions.
Tomorrow, the gospel legend Nicole C. Mullen sings a song off her latest album. We leave
you with these words from Proverbs . . . .
. . . . "Pleasant words are a honeycomb; sweet to the soul and healing to
the bones." Doesn't that sound great? See tomorrow, bye-bye.
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