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Chinese Doctor Gets Death Sentence for Trafficking Babies.


Zhang Shuxia
Zhang Shuxia, 55, an obstetrician in northwestern Shaanxi province’s Fuping county, was found guilty of selling the babies for as much as 21,600 yuan ($3,600) each between 2011 and 2013. (Reuters/China Daily )

A Chinese court on Tuesday handed down a suspended death sentence on a doctor who sold seven newborn babies to human traffickers, a case that sparked widespread anger in a country where child trafficking is rampant.

Zhang Shuxia, 55, an obstetrician in northwestern Shaanxi province’s Fuping county, was found guilty of selling the babies for as much as 21,600 yuan ($3,600) each between 2011 and 2013, the court in Weinan city said.

Zhang tricked the parents to give up their newborns by convincing them the infants had incurable diseases or deformities, the court said in a statement on its website.

“Though Zhang Shuxia confessed, her behavior violated both professional and social ethics, had an extremely bad social impact, and the circumstance of the crimes were grave,” the court said.

A trafficker threw one sick child into a garbage ditch, presuming she was dead, the statement said. Zhang was not convicted in connection with the child’s death, but the court ruled she was partly responsible. The baby was never found.

The other six infants were rescued by police and returned to their families.

The official Xinhua news agency said it was unclear if Zhang, who was detained in August and stood trial in December, would appeal. Suspended death sentences are typically reduced to life in prison.

Child trafficking is widespread in China, where population control policies have bolstered a traditional bias for male offspring, seen as the main support for elderly parents and heirs to the family name, and have resulted in abortions, killings or abandonment of girls.

The imbalance has created criminal demand for abducted or bought baby boys, but also for baby girls destined to be future brides attracting rich dowries.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Macfie

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Dr James Ezuma Imo State Baby’s Factory Billionaire Ring-Leader Exposed.


 

Ezuma baby factory

•Deception… The signboard contravened what happened in the ‘home’
James Ezuma, a medical doctor nabbed by the police in Owerri, Imo State, for operating baby factories, is the face of child trafficking in Nigeria
•Ezuma: Serial polygamist with his third wife.
•Ezuma: Serial polygamist with his third wife.
The glassy signpost with blue, white and black lettering promises would-be visitors succour. Its delicate frame announces to the public the presence of a private hospital. Near this board is another with less aesthetic appeal on a lonely street off Egbu Road, in Owerri metropolis, which announces to the vulnerable, a place of refuge. The wordings on this board, strong enough to comfort even the most disheartened, have been revealed as a decoy to perpetrate evil.
The place is “Ezuma Women and Children Rights Protection Initiative… FG Approved NGO Homeless Babies Home,” which, until last month, was the epicentre of child trafficking, with a baby production regime, as if in an industrial factory, in full swing.At the peak of his career, Dr. James Ezuma, who claims to have studied at the University of Jos, was the poster child of successful medical practice. His vast empire, including real estate, posh automobiles and women, advertised him as a man who attained success through dedicated commitment to his profession. His physical wealth was complemented by a long list of clientele and friends in political and business circles. This probably explains why, with impunity, he could operate his purported hospital and Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, in a building for which proper building permit was never obtained. Yet, he was there for many years without the concerned officials raising eyebrows. For the sheer size of his wealth, the undiscerning public held him in awe.
The church bestowed a knighthood on him for his commitment to charity! This was before the police flashed their detective klieg lights on his activities. What they saw however, negates the very essence of the medical guild.
In Aba, the commercial nerve centre of Abia State where Ezuma operated from before he was declared wanted, the 65-year-old drew respect and fear in nearly equal proportions. His five-storey ‘hospital and charity home’ on 101 Okigwe Road, Aba, was frequented by high-heeled guests and ‘patients’ who visited mostly at night in sleek automobiles. Their purpose: to purchase a child. The cost of land in the eternally busy Okigwe Road is estimated at N10 million per plot. Sources say the magnificent edifice may have been erected on over five plots of land. Neighbours and passers-by who dared prey into his activities in this fortress suffered losses as a result. A former associate of his told this magazine that any medical practitioner, who challenged his reptilian practices, suffered either physical harm or had his clinic shut down. His network of friends, some believed to be in privileged positions of government, ensured that he never suffered harassments. And when he did, they made escape routes available to him. Competent sources in the police force say he had been detained by the police but on such occasions, he was let off the hook.
The building which has been demolished by the Abia State government following its owner’s arrest in Owerri, was a den where innocent children were herded as raw material for his baby production factory. Here, Ezuma, working in tandem with his network of collaborators, brought girls, some pregnant, claiming to help provide anti- and post-natal services to them. Thereafter, the impostor claimed he offered them humanitarian services such as rehabilitating the teenage girls, while offering the children out on adoption. The inside of his so-called hospital before it was pulled down, fared even less than a dispensary.
•The signboard of the ‘hospital’
•The signboard of the ‘hospital’With a promise of good life and health care cover for the unborn child, the girls were coerced to give up their children for pittance, sometimes as low as N50,000 to N200,000. The methods of harvesting the babies, this magazine learnt, were debasing of the ethics of gynaecological practice. Using induced labour and crude delivery methods, Ezuma reportedly harvested even unripe pregnancies to satisfy his patrons. Although he made little noise about his sleight-of-the hand child production prowess in public,  Ezuma was the definition of impudence.
Following several half-spirited battles by the police with him in Abia State, Ezuma, who hails from Ndiokeke Ndiakunwata, Arondizuogu, Ideato North LGA, Imo State, fled homewards. Owerri was where he relocated his lair and operational headquarters. Ezuma’s non-governmental organisation, sited on a virgin expanse of land was work-in-progress. With a storey building in advanced stage of completion, the multi-acre plot is littered with materials procured for building projects. On the left entrance to the facility is a small wooden house used for a church. The church previously had a land-related squabble with the doctor. The main building that housed his family served as the ‘consulting’ as well as ‘delivery’ wards of the hospital. The rest of the vast landmass is used for the cultivation of cassava, which separates the administrative area from the girls’ or patients’ ward. The environment where the innocent girls lived froths with weeds and dirt. The living conditions were as decrepit as the character of the man who ran the home. Eight girls, TheNEWS learnt, were confined in each of the two rooms, with neither ventilation nor permanent windows and doors. Gloom surrounds the ambience. It was in the quietude that pervades the place that the Ambush Squad of the Imo State Police Command nabbed him pants down, setting free 16 innocent girls, many of them at various stages of pregnancy.Conservative estimates indicate that Ezuma’s land in Owerri  values at hundreds of millions of naira. The structures at several stages of completion in the compound are evaluated at over N20 million. His deep pocket also reflected in his wealth. And he relished the comfort. Among the vehicles recovered from him were: a Jaguar, two Chrysler cars, a Lincoln Navigator, a Honda Jeep, a Nissan Quest, a Pathfinder Sports Utility Vehicle and three unidentified others. The Imo State Police Commissioner, Muhammad Musa Katsina, said: “Have you seen Ezuma’s vehicles?  When you see them, you will know the value of these vehicles. For goodness sake, in a disciplined country like Nigeria, how can somebody have 10 exotic cars without any single documentation? With impunity, they were all parked there, without a single documentation.”
Ezuma’s libertine inclinations are not limited to pecuniary benefits. His philandering is also legendary. “His marriage to his first wife failed sometime ago. The woman, a lawyer, left him because of his criminal tendencies which she condemned. The one he lived with until he was caught was actually their house-help. And he’s got other concubines,” a source who knew him closely told TheNEWS. In his world, beautiful women are complemented by lush automobiles!
Apart from indulgence in child trafficking, the police allegedly found an unregistered firearm in his home. This forms a fraction of the 18-count charges leveled against him in court. This adds up to the fact that his medical licence was seized by the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, for improper conduct.
In the real sense of the word, Ezuma was not operating a hospital. In the words of  Katsina: “You don’t need to be a medical doctor to know what and what qualities a place should have to be a hospital. Here is a man who is in his 60s who calls himself a medical doctor and said: Dr. Ezuma Private Hospital. What is the definition of a hospital? When you go inside, it was the same doctor that was the chief medical director, he was the matron, the consultant gynaecologist. His wife who had never seen the four walls of any health institution is a consultant gynaecologist. Ezuma trained her in his hospital, trained her in his university, of which he is the provost of the college of medicine; he is everything. And yet, after graduating his wife, she came out without a certificate. Yet she was the one delivering babies. In the same hospital, ask them, where are the beddings, where is the labour room? Find out if you can get any injectable material. Even ordinary iodine or panadol is not there. It was a crude way of delivery.”
Katsina described Ezuma as an animal in human form, too dangerous to mankind.
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Parents Beware: Your Child May Be Next.


 

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Estimates place the number of its domestic and international victims in the millions, mostly females and children enslaved in the commercial sex industry for little or no money. (FBI.gov)
If a prostitute shared her story, the preconceived notion may change from an addict choosing the lifestyle to a vulnerable child tricked into the industry. And it’s happening in your backyard.
 
Florida is in the top three states for human traffickingin America, where the average age of prostitution is 12 years old,” says Bonnie Jo Daniels, project coordinator for Hope for Freedom at Christ Fellowship.
 
With the oversexualization of our culture and its blatant attack on our men, you maybe surprised how sexual addiction begins. Here is one example: A young boy gets a glimpse of pornography; his heart is stirred and body excited. Over the years, he secretly returns to this habit until one day the addiction leads him to a strip club. Eventually, he pays for sex with what he thinks is an 18-year-old. But she’s really 16—and not prostituting of her own free will. 
 
She’s working because her pimp beats her and threatens to harm her family if she doesn’t. Trafficking, where people control and exploit others, generates billions of dollars each year. It’s considered one of the fastest-growing criminal industries in the world—and it’s driven by greed. Due to easy and private access to the Internet, escort services flourish. But what most don’t realize is that it’s often a front for thecommercial sex trade industry (trafficking).
 
Lysa McMillan of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale’s Outreach Ministry says, “Human life has been reduced to a mere commodity. There are two motivating factors: Men fuel the demand side by buying sex, and traffickers [men/women] make large sums of money selling a woman or child over and over again.”
 
“It’s not just touching one demographic,” McMillan says. “You might have a girl in a middle-class home, where everything on the outside would appear to be OK, but you don’t know what’s going on with her interaction on Facebook, who she’s texting and if she battles with low self-esteem.”
 
There are children on every level and socioeconomic category affected, especially if they have been abused.
 
“If you take that girl in that home who’s already enduring sexual abuse, or maybe there’s domestic violence, perhaps drugs in the home, she automatically becomes a more vulnerable candidate to target. She’s broken, she’s looking for love, attention and affirmation,” McMillan explains.
 
There are many angles and schemes that are used to lure girls in. Here is one scenario:
Boy (we’ll call him Mike) meets an insecure 12-year-old girl (we’ll call her Olivia) at the arcade. They exchange numbers. Mike texts, calls and pretends to like Olivia. Soon Olivia thinks she’s in love. Mike has played his part perfectly by buying her gifts and telling her how special she is to him. After weeks, maybe months, they start having sex. Then one night he coerces her into having sex with one of his friends, just once, if she really loves him.
 
Olivia complies.
 
Mike explains how they can make good money doing this (just for a little while, and then he will take care of her forever). Mike texts her appointments and picks Olivia up in the middle of the night, then drops her back home. Olivia catches on and wants out, but Mike beats her and threatens to harm her little brother. She’s trapped, embarrassed and now brainwashed to feel she is worthless. 
 
Mike tempts Olivia with less work if she befriends another young girl at school. Olivia takes the bait and grooms a new 11-year-old prospect (we’ll call her Jill). Olivia takes Jill shopping, out for ice cream and invites her for sleepovers. After trust is built, she asks Jill to sleep over at her aunt’s house (we’ll call her Sue).
 
At this different location, an older woman portraying Aunt Sue builds Jill’s trust by playing the part of the fun aunt. During one visit, Aunt Sue takes them to the salon and pays for haircuts and manicures. That night, Olivia and Jill play dress up and snap pictures of each other. All the while, Aunt Sue is posting these photos on her website.
 
The next innocent trip for ice cream takes them to a strange location.
 
The threats and beatings start; Jill is trapped. She becomes lethargic; her grades drop; she’s uninterested in friends, loses weight and starts missing school. Jill has all the signs of a drug addict. Sadly, she’s too humiliated and afraid to tell anyone what’s been done to her in private.
 
It’s a sick, twisted game. Pimps are smart, sometimes good looking, and they are no longer just men. Women and families are in it for the money too.
 
An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children a year become victims of sex trafficking in America. Many runaway children are approached by a pimp within 48 hours after leaving home or foster care. Traffickers stroll bus stops, malls, airports, parking lots and schools in search for young recruits.
 
If these predators can track down the destitute, then why can’t Christians intercept these girls? If we are going to protect our children, then parents, teachers and family members need to “be the eyes and ears in our community for our law enforcement,” Daniels says.
 
If you are a parent and you are concerned about this issue of trafficking, then now is the time to be proactive. Ask your child questions, get involved in their life, and find out who they are hanging with and where they are spending their time. Your love and caring concern can be the exact thing that can save them from being another statistic.
 
For more information on this issue, contact Lysa McMillan at  Lysa@calvaryftl.org from Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale (Broward) or Bonnie Jo Daniels at  bonniejod@cftoday.org from Christ Fellowship (Palm Beach). If you think you have come into contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888 to get more information or begin the process of helping the victim.
 
 
Dabney Hedegard is the author of When God Intervenes. Visit her at dabneyland.com or on Twitter@dabneyland.

Swedish Christian Rescues Women From Sex Trafficking.


Anna Sander
Anna Sander

In Stockholm, women from around the world are finding real love that frees them from the sex that once enslaved them. After listening to each other’s stories of rescue from the hushed world of sex trafficking, tears fill the eyes of everyone in the room, and joy is experienced for the first time.

Swedish Christian Anna Sander works among these women, young and old, in a nongovernmental organization called Talitha. The name originates from the account in the gospel of Mark where Jesus said, “Talitha koum,” meaning “Little girl, rise up,” and brought a young girl from death to life.

The broken handcuffs Sander daily pins to her shirt represent being set free in Jesus’ love. This message of freedom is constantly welcomed with tears of joy by those being rescued from sex slavery.

Sander’s life was changed by the gospel she once rejected. While staying with a Christian host family in Georgia through an exchange program, she went to Florida to help victims of Hurricane Andrew. She saw the difference in the reactions of Christians and non-Christians and explained, “Being a Christian is not what I thought, and I decided that I wanted to be a Christian.”

Involvement with Talitha enables Sander to live out her Christian faith. Talitha offers trauma therapy and twice-weekly psycho-education and Bible teaching on topics such as self-esteem, values and other moral issues. Many of the women have never learned to set a plan for their future.

Sander shares the story of one of these women.

While in Latvia, one girl met the man of her dreams, and he charmed her with promises of a better life in Western Europe, where he said the rest of his relatives lived. She gladly went ahead to France to meet his sisters and relatives.

“When she got there,” Sander says, “she understood that there was nothing that he had talked about, and she ended up in prostitution pretty much right away and never saw this man again.”

Her life of prostitution took her around Europe under the power of an older woman. Eventually the police found the young woman and imprisoned her and her fellow workers, along with the woman who owned them.

Upon being released, the young woman decided to stop prostituting herself, but “she met several people from that network in the street and they threatened her,” Sander says, “and they also murdered a member of her family because she refused to go back into prostitution. So she came [to Sweden] and ended up in prostitution in Sweden because she had no way to support herself. She was almost starving to death, so she had to sell herself.

“A person from church found her in a prostitution street and said, ‘I know Talitha—that’s an organization that can help you.’ So they sent her to us. We have helped her now for two years, and she’s doing really good. Really good. She’s working, she’s learning Swedish and she’s doing fine.”

Sander’s love flows through every aspect of her life into love for all the people of Stockholm. As she works with others, including International Mission Board representatives David and Laura Moench, to plant a church in the heart of the city, her hopes outweigh her doubts of the city coming to know Jesus.

Much of what they do in church planting has been adapted from churches elsewhere in the country and throughout the world.

“This is a brand new church, only since the 10th of March, and we try to do different kinds of outreach,” Sander says.

Some opportunities to talk about Jesus come as they take a coffee wagon to a strategic intersection in Stockholm and offer free coffee. They also host children’s events that allow families to meet others in the community. Other relationships are forged as artists visit each other’s exhibitions and discuss common interests.

Sander pleads for prayer on behalf of Sweden and asks readers, “Pray for the Swedish hearts, because they are so hard and they are so focused on material things and what they think is to have success in life. Pray that their hearts will be broken and start to search for God.”

Reprinted with permission from The Alabama Baptist.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

William Bagsby/IMB

Sex Trafficking: Groups Expose Houston’s Dark Secret.


 

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In 10 years, the U.S. attorney’s office says 500 human trafficking victims have been rescued in Houston. (CBN News)

Houston tops an ugly list. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the Texas metropolis is one of the country’s largest hubs of human trafficking.

The problem is simply too big for police to tackle alone so Christian organizations are helping to expose the travesty and give shelter to its victims.

A night drive on the streets of Houston shines a bright light on the issue.

“The ship channel area is a hot spot,” Adam Chaney, mobilization director of Elijah Rising, told CBN News. “The galleria area south of the actual galleria is probably the epicenter for human trafficking in Houston.”

Elijah Rising has rescued at least a dozen human-trafficking victims and also directs bus tours to show Houston residents the hot spots for sex trafficking. It has identified around 300 suspected locations.

“The I-10 corridor has been labeled as the No. 1 human-trafficking corridor in the nation,” Homeland Security agent Mike Booker said.

Some hot spots look like spas, but they’re actually brothels selling enslaved girls for sex.

Ohad Shaul worked as a human-trafficking bodyguard.

“I wouldn’t say the living conditions of a dog because your dog you take out once or twice a day,” Shaul told CBN News. “They [these girls] get sold 10 times a day on a good day [and] on a bad day they’d get sold 20 or 30 times a day.”

Victims include women smuggled from Southeast Asia, South America and Mexico.

But that’s not all.

There are an estimated 6,000 children on the streets of Houston on any given night, all runaways. That number has helped the city earn the unwelcome distinction as one of the most intense areas in the country for child sex trafficking.

CBN News talked to Kellie Armstrong with about the issue.

“It’s an alarming problem,” Armstrong said. “I think for me as a social worker who has been dealing with this for years and years and years, I was totally unaware that our city was a hub of trafficking.”

The organization established Freedom Place, a safe house in the country for girls rescued from the human trafficking trade.

Volunteers from Houston-area churches joined forces to refurbish and furnish every inch of Freedom Place.

“I mean it is just ask—ask and it will be given and given abundantly,” Armstrong said. “I mean that is what we have experienced. I mean everything in this home has been really donated.”

Armstrong calls this farm—and its services—a place for girls to hide, heal and find hope for the future.

In 10 years, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says 500 human trafficking victims have been rescued in Houston. The average age of girls entering the industry is 13, and their life expectancy as sex slaves is seven years.

The Downward Spiral to Drive-In Prostitution: Is America Next?.


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Could sex drive-thrus be coming to America next?

Drive-ins aren’t just for fast food and movies anymore—if you’re in Europe, that is.

With Switzerland’s announcement that it spent a whopping $2 million on a plan to provide “drive-in prostitution,” complete with “sex boxes,” it makes you wonder how their priorities and social norms became so distorted. Certainly the easy availability of pornography is a contributing factor.

Hardcore pornography is commonplace in European countries, available on TV networks and at magazine stands in public areas. “Enlightened Europeans” claim the widespread acceptance of this sexually exploitive material is without effect in society. Or is it?

Studies indicate there is a high correlation between the consumption of porn and the use of prostituted women and sexually trafficked women and children. Research on the topic can be found at pornharmsresearch.com.

Switzerland, along with other countries like the Netherlands and Germany, legalized prostitution years ago and is now taking further steps to promote prostitution. In Switzerland, they are providing “sex boxes,” similar to rest stops at national parks in the U.S. This is all for the convenience of the “johns,” who are in a hurry and who just drive up for quick sex. They say this is for the health and safety of those prostituted, but this is not a sign of a healthy society. It will eventually lead where all efforts to promote prostitution lead—to more health problems, more trafficked victims and further degradation of society.

In the United States, we have laws that ban hard-core pornography and prostitution. We have seen how trafficking, violence against women, the sexualization of children and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases have increased because we ignore these laws. Unless we take strong steps to stop this downward spiral and curb the spread of pornography and prostitution, can sex boxes be far behind in America? We think not and continue to demand that existing laws prohibiting the distribution of hard-core pornography, sex trafficking and prostitution be vigorously enforced.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Dawn Hawkins is executive director of Morality in Media.

Missionary Kid Answers Call to Combat Human Trafficking.


Jon and Erika Tello and their daughter
Jon and Erika Tello and their daughter (OM Intrernational)

A young girl’s family history in missions became a new calling helping trafficking victims in Italy after a grown-up Erika Tello, from the U.S., led a Transform2012 outreach to trafficking victims.

“When I was a little girl, household stories included true tales of adventures in a remote jungle tribe—the tribe where my grandparents were missionaries for over 20 years,” said Erika, adding that she made a commitment to Christ early in life and had her own adventures as a missionary kid when her parents served overseas.

“My rich heritage in faith and missions became more than stories about pet monkeys and witch doctors when I began to make it my own,” she said. “I read the climax of a biography about a missionary who was said to have proclaimed the gospel with his last breaths to the very men whose arrows killed him.

“It touched a chord that not only brought tears but deep conviction that there would be no better way to spend my life than in missions, taking the gospel to the hard places where it had not been heard.”

Erika felt an initial calling to missions when she was young, she said, and God continued to confirm it in following years as she participated in missions trips and church leadership, as well as attending a Bible college to receive training in full-time ministry.

While at the Bible college, she met her husband, Jon, who shared her conviction to be a missionary. They began pursuing placement, but God had plans other than their own and shut the door on what seemed to be the perfect opportunity.

Instead, Erika and her husband spent the next six years gaining skills and experience in the workplace. During this time, Erika said, she realized that while God had strengthened her drive for justice and compassion—from a missions trip working at an orphanage to a college internship working with foster kids in Chicago—she lacked the knowledge needed. She returned to school and earned a master’s degree in social work.

Finally, they again pursued overseas missions work. This time the doors flew open and Erika and her husband joined the OM Italy team.

“Despite the calling years ago and the miracles that clearly confirmed this was God’s will, I had a lot of doubt,” Erika said. “While my husband had a detailed job description, I had none. The unknown terrified me, and the actual act of leaving my life to go where He was sending me came down to a decision to obey God, while clinging to the truths in Lamentations 3:21-24. I desired to use the tools and experience God had given me to reach out to marginalized peoples wounded by traumatic experiences.”

However, it wasn’t until Transform 2012, six months after the Tello’s arrival on the field, God’s plan began to be revealed. Erika was asked to lead a Transform team that serves victims of sex trafficking. As a result, she had her first encounter with a woman who was a victim of sex trafficking, and was inspired to launch what is now the OM Italy anti-trafficking ministry.

Just like the missionary whose story brought her to tears, Erika is now serving God in some of the hardest places and circumstances the world is facing today.

“I look forward to what God will do to transform the lives of those enslaved in such hard places in Italy,” she said, “as we proclaim Him there in the days to come.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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