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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (July 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838066
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." (Rev. Dr. Marian Zaunbrecher, Journey, February 2013)

"Walker summons us . . . to remain vigilant at every moment to a centeredness of the soul. With all the ego and empire-building in the current anti-trafficking movement, and in an epic battle against principalities and powers, it is perhaps the hardest thing to do and the most important of all." (Laura J. Lederer, PRISM Magazine, January-February 2012)

"God in a Brothel is a gritty, frighteningly graphic memoir about one man's journey to use his faith, vocation, and humanity to help women and children who couldn't help themselves. . . . Walker's memoir forces readers to open their eyes. He rescued many and watched as others slipped away, but his account urges Christians to join him, to leave their comfy church pews and take their message to those who need it most." (Kaavonia Hinton, ForeWord, Sep-Oct 2011)

"[Walker's] struggles with the seductions of a sinful underground world, and his anguish over failed attempts to free women and children, make for compelling reading." (Elissa Cooper, Christianity Today, September 2011)

"Walker creates a vivid picture of the people involved in modern-day slavery . . . God in a Brothel is different from other books that cover similar territory because of Walker's unique perspective from his years battling the sex trade. His sacrifices for the cause are an important reminder forthose who feel called to join the fight against slavery. Despite his deep wounds . . . He calls the reader to 'come alive with a passion for justice and a hatred of evil' and dreams the Church would rise up to thwart impediments to freedom and justice wherever they exist." (Relevant Magazine, September/October 2011)

"I trust you are brave enough to read God in a Brothel and respond to its challenge. It opens up a world where the light of the gospel needs to be revealed in all its glory, splendor and healing power to dispel this darkness and restore the lives broken and damaged by it. May God have mercy on us if we do not respond." (Malcolm McGregor, international director of SIM International )

"This book plunges you full-on into a holy conspiracy, a top-secret mission of courageous love and liberation. May it inspire all of us to subvert injustice everywhere we see it." (Shane Claiborne, author, activist and compiler of Common Prayer)

"I hope that every Christ-follower who is serious about justice issues in our world will drop whatever they are doing long enough to read this book. The evils of human slavery and the sex trade industry are graphically depicted in these pages and should call us to reorder our priorities. This rare, behind-the-scenes snapshot not only raises awareness and calls us to action but fires off a warning shot for those who will go to the front lines of this battle." (Scott Olson, president and CEO, International Teams USA)

"God in a Brothel tells the heartbreaking story of the horrors and prevalence of sex trafficking throughout the world. Daniel Walker offers a candid look at the scope of the problem, including the various kinds of trafficking, as well as the means to combat it. This book is a keen reminder that we as Christians have a moral responsibility to speak out and challenge the systems that perpetuate dehumanizing slavery and to ensure that captives are set free." (Richard Stearns, president, World Vision, and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)

"While there are many books on the hell and horror of modern trafficking, Daniel further reveals the intimate personal pain and loss of fighting this evil on the front lines. In recent years we've witnessed an encouraging surge of engagement on the centuries-old problem of slavery, but with it has come a steep learning curve. We must stop measuring ourselves against glossy stories and good intentions. Daniel calls us to a more professional approach to the rescue and recovery of slaves, as well as better care for those engaged." (Talmage Payne, CEO, Hagar International)

"A sobering and often harrowing account of an international mission to rescue sexually exploited children in the Third World--but also a message of hope, and a reminder that there are still people out there who are willing to risk all to bring this tragedy to the attention of others. I sincerely hope that this book will make a difference." (Dave Haslett, retired detective inspector, New Zealand Police)

"This inspiring book tells the painful and costly story of one man's journey into the heart of the modern slave trade, the global sexual trafficking of women and children. It not only tells of the dramatic rescue of many innocent victims but of a struggle for justice with corrupt politicians and law enforcement agencies who allow this trade to flourish for their own personal gain. We have celebrated the ending of the African slave trade two hundred years ago, but an even bigger challenge exists on our own doorstep today." (Murray Robertson, president, Baptist Churches of New Zealand)

"Absolutely fabulous. Gripping, wrenching, this book will make you cry. Everyone should read this powerful summons to justice and amazing witness to grace." (Ronald J. Sider, president, Evangelicals for Social Action)

"Sex trafficking is a hot subject these days. Speakers, films, magazine articles and books have raised the consciousness of Christian people everywhere. The problem is that few of us have ever figured out ways to respond to this ugly exploitation. In this book, we have the story of one man's journey into that strange and dirty world to do what he could to provide deliverance and hope for those who are imprisoned with despair." (Tony Campolo, Ph.D., Eastern University)

About the Author

Daniel Walker has worked as an undercover investigator for a number of nonprofit organizations working to free women and children from sex trafficking in the United States and in over a dozen countries around the world. He holds a master's degree in Third World economic development from Eastern University in Philadelphia. He has over twenty years of experience in law enforcement and is currently working as a police detective based in New Zealand.

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You will feel anger and frustration as you read.
A. Morgan
This is one of the most moving books I have read and I plan to purchase several copies and give one to many of my friends and family.
Lorelei Jean Komm
Daniel Walker's account of his undercover work into the sex trafficking industry is the most honest of any I have read.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Human Trafficking Investigator on August 9, 2011
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I have also investigated sex trafficking internationally and read thousands of pages concerning the heinous crimes associated with Human Trafficking...this is by far the best first person account I have read. Not only does the author describe his experiences in heart stopping detail, he is able to educate those who have a passion to serve the millions of tiny victims across the globe. We in the investigations and aftercare community should make this book a must read. And for those who want to get involved on a more personal level, support Walker's organization; Nvader. Bless you Mr. Walker for the service you have given, at great expense to you personally, to bring rescue to the sex-slaves who have no access to justice.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm McGregor on September 15, 2011
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As a reviewer I have read every word of this book. I am not proud to make that claim because it takes you to the depths of depravity that is within man. It shines a light into the dark world of the sexual exploitation of women and children. It exposes a world where the criminal justice system is failing and is at times in complicity with the perpetrators.

Daniel Walker enters the arena of the exploitation of woman and children as a hero, a knight in shining armour ready to right the wrongs. He ends it still passionate about his calling from God but damaged and all too aware of his own deep struggles and the failure of our justice systems to respond to this epidemic.

It is not only painful to read the stories of exploitation but the very darkness of this world envelops the author himself. The vulnerable places and situations he was required to enter into in the course of his work ultimately expose his own vulnerability and lack of support and protection. He is open about his journey and failings, you can feel his pain. It is a pain he continues to live with. Yet it also reveals the grace and forgiveness of God in the depth of sin and failure.

Should missions work in this shadowy area of deceit and manipulation when deceitful and manipulative means need to be used to expose it? I have no easy answer to that question but if there is going to be effective work done in this area it needs to include significant partnerships between agencies, the police, the criminal justice systems, legal and Government bodies across borders and around the world all working together to the highest levels of professionalism. Without that happening more women and children will be sold into this sordid world.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tamara Tilley on December 2, 2011
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The choice to read GOD IN A BROTHEL has to be a personal one. Daniel Walker (pseudonym) at times is graphic and conjures up vivid pictures of the victims in the human trafficking world. I found it incomprehensible that victims of such young ages are the preferred choice in this horrendous business. The author is honest in how his constant exposure to this world of sex, stimulation, and sensuality, wore down his astuteness and unfortunately lured him to cross the line into the world he was trying so hard to expose. This book does speak of his numerous successes in exposing sex trafficking rings around the world at the price of his own personal life. At times, I did get tired of reading the numerous "I's" in this book and felt an underlying arrogance in the writers retelling of his journey and his successes, almost as if he was trying to justify his personal failures against the overall good that his missions accomplished. I had to continue to tell myself this was one person telling of his personal accounts and how even in his writings Walker explained on many occasions that he was a lone light in an otherwise dark world. So of course, his recounting of his missions would be self based. Other than that, this book revealed how truly deep the depravity of man is, and how some people are so lured by self gratification they see their victims as nothing more than an end to their own self-interested needs. From the pimps who buy and sell these women and young girls, to the authorities and government officials who turn a blind eye to the evil that is happening within their own regions, the love of sex, money, and power is never more vividly portrayed than when the catalyst that elevates these men and women to power is done on the backs of the ones who are the young, weak, and forgotten. A candid expose with no happily-ever-after.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Talmage Payne on August 11, 2011
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Herein lies an accurate view of the human costs of trafficking for both slaves and abolitionists. While there are many books on the hell and horror of modern trafficking, Daniel further reveals the intimate personal pain and loss of fighting this evil on the front lines. In recent years we've witnessed an encouraging surge of engagement on the centuries old problem of slavery, but with it has come a steep learning curve. We must stop measuring ourselves against glossy stories and good intentions. Daniel calls us to a more professional approach to the rescue and recovery of slaves, as well as better care for those engaged.

Talmage Payne, CEO for Hagar International,
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amie Gosselin on September 8, 2011
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This is a beautiful and haunting read. Haunting, because Daniel's story is so personal. It is raw and human and difficult. It is about confronting evil head on and not coming out of the battle unscathed. In God in a Brothel, there is no triumphalism or arrogance. In his honesty, Daniel has crafted a beautiful and redemptive account of his journey to hell and back and how he found hope, freedom and new life - for himself and so many others - along the way.
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More About the Author

Daniel Walker is a Detective in the New Zealand Police and has twenty years experience as a criminal investigator. He holds a Masters Degree in Third World Development from Eastern University in Pennsylvania, focusing particularly on the exploitation of women and children.

For four years Daniel worked exclusively on the international arena investigating the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women and children in more than a dozen countries, including the USA. Working on a covert basis Daniel became adept at infiltrating the organized criminal networks responsible for the trafficking of women and children into the global multi billion-dollar commercial sex industry. His efforts resulted in the rescue of many hundreds of victims as well as the successful prosecution of many perpetrators.

Daniel facilitated the international cooperation and diplomacy necessary to successfully combat international sex trafficking and has established lasting partnerships with law enforcement agencies around the world. His ability to move between vastly different languages and cultural groups and operate successfully in a variety of different theatres and environments, each with their own nuances and etiquette, has earned him the respect of his peers and colleagues. His work has been cited in numerous local publications as well as internationally in both books and television documentaries.

Daniel Walker has recently written a book about his experiences. God in a Brothel has been described as, "A behind the scenes, personal plotline of raw courage, agonizing failure, and unlikely redemption. Set against a thrilling backdrop of clandestine missions is the humbling story of a man who set out to follow God but ultimately ended up in hell. The book is a jaw-dropping primer on modern day human trafficking--its root causes, the matrix of crime and poverty that perpetuates it, and its harrowing impact upon millions of victims. It culminates with a bold yet practical challenge to join the movement against human sex trafficking and provides realistic warnings from an expert about the costs involved."

Mr. Walker is the founder of Nvader, an organization dedicated to effectively combating human trafficking around the world. For more information please visit www.nvader.org





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