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Terrify No More: Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win Their Freedom Hardcover – January 7, 2005

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Haugen, president of the Christian humanitarian organization International Justice Mission, peoples this account of IJM's efforts to rescue young girls from forced prostitution in Svay Pak, Cambodia, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. Written with the aid of communications consultant Hunter, the story, played for all its terrible drama, tells of girls sold into sex slavery by their families or tricked into it by the promise of legitimate work. IJM members, posing as customers, infiltrated the brothels, interviewed the girls and later staged successful rescue operations. Haugen credits the success of his work to God ("I believe we all yearn for the joy that arrives... when we find our own active place in the struggle against evil and discover the transforming power of life the Divine has granted to mere mortals") and shrugs off doubters ("Some Christians are uncomfortable with the idea that God has been in a dark, repulsive brothel.... Our investigators are not only comfortable with the idea—it's a truth they count on"). Haugen describes other IJM victories, including a raid on a South Asia brick kiln that relies on slave labor, but the focus is on the sex trade and the palpable zeal with which IJM fights it.
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About the Author

GARY HAUGEN is the president and founder of International Justice Mission, a non-profit human rights organization that investigates and intervenes on behalf of victims of oppression. Haugen received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, cum laude, where he was the Ford Foundation Scholar in International Law. He is a former UN war-crimes investigator, and now lives with his wife, Jan, and their four children in the Washington D.C. area.

GREGG HUNTER is a communications consultant in Washington, D.C. He formerly served on the President's Cabinet at Young Life heading up all communications efforts internationally. Hunter is also co-founder of Hunter Communications, a marketing and communications firm. He has been married for 20 years and lives in the Washington D.C. area with his wife, Penny and their two sons.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (January 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849918383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849918384
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary A. Haugen is founder and president of International Justice Mission (IJM) - a global human rights agency that protects the poor from violence by partnering with local authorities and law enforcement to rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors and strengthen justice systems. The largest organization of its kind, IJM has served thousands of survivors of violence.

Haugen was the Director of the U.N. investigation in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, and has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons "Hero" - the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership. His work to confront violence against the poor has been featured by Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, the New Yorker, The Times of India, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, the Guardian and National Public Radio, among many other outlets.

Haugen is a graduate of Harvard University and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage.

Learn more about Gary's most recent book, The Locust Effect, at For more about International Justice Mission (IJM) please visit

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jason Joyner on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is not sensationalism or extremist. It is the critical story of the types of abuses that go on around the world. There is still slavery in much of the world, and it is inexcusable for people to ignore it. It focuses on a specific episode of child sex trafficking in Cambodia, but it touches on forced labor, kidnapping, and other issues throughout the book. One reviewer falsely claims it is anti-prostitution. The book goes out of its way to show that the people involved were taken against their will and wanted to leave, and that it wasn't prostitution "by choice".

The book is written by the founder and president of International Justice Mission, a group dedicated to establishing justice where there is injustice. They work to not only remove the oppressed from the situation, but to change the culture so that it doesn't reoccur with fresh victims. They lobby, educate, train, work with local law enforcement to enforce LOCAL laws, not to establish an American/Western bias on things.

The writing style is a little disjointed, because it cuts from the main story of the Cambodian intervention to introduce characters important for the mission or to highlight other aspects of slavery. This can distract at times, but it is otherwise well-written. It handles very delicate, sometimes very distasteful material with all the respect it deserves.

Jesus said, "If you did it for one of the least of these, you did it for Me". This is an issue that isn't a Christian or non-Christian issue. Anyone should see that this issue deserves attention and support, by anyone's standard of morality.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Bob Smith on March 28, 2005
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I don't see how anyone can read this book and not see the point. Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, I don't think Gary is trying to destroy it. That would be impossible. But what this book does go after is the fact that it's not women who are choosing to do this. It is children being kidnapped and brutalized at the hands of those who should be protecting them. I don't care what you say...that is wrong. I would also suggest that you read The Natashas which focuses on the sex trafficing industry in Europe. And for my european friend who commented previously, she might find some interesting insights and realize that just because someone is a prostitute, doesn't mean they are there by choice. Some are, most aren't. It just makes me sick to know that there are true battles and struggles going on, and when someone actually tries to make a difference when no one else will, others criticize them. MSNBC also has a video report on this kind of thing they did a few years back on their website. How can it be sensationalism? No one ever wants to talk about it. This is a worthwhile read.

If you are interested in women's rights in general, Princess Sultana, Princess Sultana's Daughters, and Princess Sultana's Circle are also all very good reads and insights into Saudi Arabia and how women are treated.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By metafiz on March 4, 2005
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I just finished reading this book. Do yourself and the world a favor and read it. Gary Haugen is a Christian, and that does come across in the book. But whether you are a Christian or not, you will be touched and moved by the stories in this book. Ignore the one negative review here (I don't know why "moderate christians" would not agree that selling children into sex slavery is wrong...). Anyway, this is a powerful book. Read it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Torres on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Haugen, Gary A. Terrify No More. Nashville, TN. W Publishing Group. 2005.

This riveting book by Gary A. Haugen, founder and president of the International Justice Mission(IJM), first-handedly tells the story of a mission proposed by members of IJM, to rescue child sex slaves from Savy Pak, a city in Cambodia that is infamous for its sex trafficking and sex tourism. IJM is a non-profit organization that fights for justice in a world riddled with injustice. This book is amazing as the reader is placed in the middle of the action. However, the content of the book can be extremely disturbing as one reads of the conditions and terrors that these young children face; but there is an amazing sense of hope that comes through to let the reader know that this is not a hopeless case, there is something that is being done. This book traces chronologically the path that IJM took to rescue a few of the millions of children that are trapped in the sex trade. Photos of the children and the conditions help the reader grasp reality through pictures. The book is geared towards those of the college age and older; an easy read that emphasizes the cause of justice in an unjust world. This book gave me a first hand account of the fight against sex trafficking which is what my senior thesis is discussing, I used this book as a basis to understnd more about the sex trade, and those who fight against it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Walton on September 10, 2005
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IJM (International Justice Mission) is a non-profit organization with a heart to see Justice done in all the earth. This book is a combination of biographical descriptions of the group and the key individuals that make it up, interwoven with an account of one of their ventures which ended up in breaking up some brothel rings of forced minor prostitution. They go into the world, and use existing government law, and with the local governments, to empower a government to see why justice and enforcing their own laws are morally and politically right and expedient. As for their own motivation, they remark that the Church as a whole, and society, has done Ok as far as mercy and evangelism go; but that we (Christians) have passed over, ignored, seemingly not seen, the issue of Justice. The book is pointed, painfully clear, and compassionately zealous to reach out to be doing acts of Justice for the glory of God and the good of mankind.
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