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God in a Brothel: An Undercover Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue

IVP books, Illinois (2011),
RRP $15.95

Reviewed by Rev Dr Marian Zaunbrecher.

GOD in a Brothel is not a book for the faint-hearted, but is for all those passionate about the mission of God, a mission that calls the church to proclaim freedom for prisoners and release the oppressed (Luke 4:18).

Author New Zealander Daniel Walker is a Christian policeman who saw himself as a superhero and ended up discovering his own brokenness and humanity.

With fire in his heart for those women and children who have been trafficked into sexual slavery, he worked for four years as an undercover agent throughout the world.

His life was frequently in danger and the success small, as he was able to place survivors with social work agencies.

This book also chronicles his own doubts, fears and personal issues.

It is a very candid story.

Each chapter includes the story of a trafficked child or woman and a page of facts about the worldwide trafficking that occurs.

More than two million children are exploited worldwide in the sex industry, and while it is found more frequently in poorer countries where families may benefit from the rewards of selling their children, sex trafficking is found in Australia and other western countries too.

Most difficult to read were those portions of the book describing the corrupt involvement of law enforcement agencies in the

God in a Brothel is a call to the church to become again the abolitionist it once was.

It will challenge every believer, congregation and welfare agency.