Oct 03, Sandy H rated it liked it Shelves: global-issues , non-fiction , women-s-issues , first-reads. I was rooting for this book. I was excited to win it in a GoodReads give-away, as I've been engaged in addressing the issue of sex trafficking for the last several years in my position with my denominational ministries.
I've done a tremendous amount of reading, research, and interviewing folks engaged in this work, and was very much looking forward to a book offering a slightly different perspective and from a specifically Christian context. Unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed. The b I was rooting for this book.
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The book is advertised as being about sex trafficking and "also" about the personal story of the author, Daniel Walker. The reality is the reverse. It's the author's personal story. Which is fine, I see nothing wrong with that. But if you're newly learning about the issue of sex trafficking, this is not the first book I'd suggest you read. Those books will give you a much stronger foundation in the topic, a better overall perspective in the many issues involved and the many organizations at work addressing the many facets of this problem.
God in a Brothel focuses solely on one particular approach--an approach rife with difficulties which the author does explore briefly --and barely even mentions that there are many other ways that the problem needs to be addressed as well. In God in a Brothel, actual information about sex trafficking is relegated to a brief page of bullet point facts at the end of each chapter--often not even really related in topic to the chapter itself. It feels very much like an afterthought.
I was also left wanting a little bit more depth towards the end of the book--I don't want to give any spoilers but he addresses some large issues in his own life in what felt like a bit of a cursory way. I give him tremendous credit for his honesty, but I'd like to have seen a little more assessment of the outcome. The stories of what he saw and experienced were certainly horrific and help you realize the trauma of the victims. Unfortunately, I really wanted the author to get out of the way and let me simply experience the stories for myself.
Everything is set in terms of how he experienced and reacted to things--as I was reading this, I had the impression that he was the main point, rather than the individuals he's meeting. Again, that was quite possibly his intention in writing the book--a personal story. But it was advertised as a book about trafficking, with his story secondary.
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The outcome of what is in the pages is the reverse. I'm not saying "don't read this book. The issue of sex trafficking is a crucial one for us to address today. We must look at the core issues around both supply and demand and engage in the cultural shifts that will bring both to an end. View 1 comment. Apr 17, Bishop Robert rated it really liked it. My wife was one of the ones sold into that life, but she escaped, I read it to learn the horrors she lived through after she told me ho accurate it was.
The result of my reading was an intense desire to find and free those women and to with the most harsh manner possible torture the men who enslave them, but not let them die for years My wife was cut to leave words scarring her flesh and the words were degrading. But I My wife was one of the ones sold into that life, but she escaped, I read it to learn the horrors she lived through after she told me ho accurate it was.
But I do not see the scars just her beauty. View 2 comments. Jul 02, Dianne rated it it was amazing Shelves: first-reads-books-i-ve-won.
Here's yet another book I'm so thankful to have won from a Goodreads giveaway. I'm astounded by the raw honesty with which Mr. Walker shares with readers his 4 years as an undercover agent investigating the dark underbelly of the beast known as sex trafficking. He's as every bit courageous in his sharing as he was as an investigator.
What I found most refreshing albeit at times uncomfortable His tales of the miraculous rescue successes,the abysmal failures and his personal struggles with the latter, brought to mind Arthur Ashe's quote that's always been a comfort to me when I feel like whatever I'm doing is not enough As the title suggests, there is talk of God in this book..
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Walker speaks about his religious sect, he writes in such a way that it's not at all exclusionary I think anyone who is spiritually minded, whatever that form takes, as well as those who aren't, can absolutely relate to his experiences. This is a socially important book that leaves me thinking, "now that I know what I know, what do I do now? Jul 14, Rebecca rated it really liked it.
He is a cop, detective, and undercover worker from New Zealand, trying to stop sex trafficking and sex slavery of women and children throughout the world. He does this by infiltrating brothels, finding the leaders of that particular brothel, and taking them down while rescuing as many women and children as possible. The stories can at times be very hard to read, even with the smallest of details given.
Walker did not have to write his accounts graphically for one to be affected. I recommend it to anyone who is willing to learn about the world that surrounds them and possibly willing to do something about it. Nov 13, Jenni rated it it was amazing Shelves: sexology-anthro. This was such a disturbing and depressing book to read, yet so socially important that I'd ask everyone to take the opportunity to read it and open one's eyes to the often buried-in-the-sand issue of sex trafficking.
The book itself felt like three separate but important elements. First: the author's undercover efforts in numerous parts of the world - including America - to bust up sex trafficking operations, arresting the perpetrators and rescuing the victims. The second bit: each chapter would This was such a disturbing and depressing book to read, yet so socially important that I'd ask everyone to take the opportunity to read it and open one's eyes to the often buried-in-the-sand issue of sex trafficking.
The second bit: each chapter would include facts to help the reader understand the methods and issues involved in fighting trafficking, and the challenges faced in this global operation. Last: the considerable effort the author made to honestly assess and reflect upon his job and how it affected his life - his mindset, attitudes, and relationships with others - which combined made for a very tough read. The author in many ways wanted to see himself as a hero and although he struggled with this and questioned himself constantly whether he was doing as much as he could, in my mind he is nothing but that hero he sought to be.
When I read books like this I am reminded that often we spend our lives doing work that is of absolutely no importance to the greater good of mankind, whether it be our immediate world or the world out there that we do not see. I am guilty of this, and find myself questioning yet again with how to make a difference in the lives of those who cannot help themselves.
The author is truly an inspiration to me to find out that answer. On a separate note: the author is a devout Christian and his inspiration comes in part from his beliefs. Although he did spend some time discussing the importance of God in his life and work, he did not ever preach or push his beliefs on his reader, which I greatly appreciated. Mar 24, Hillary Lavendar added it.
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God in a Brothel was not what I thought it would be. I cannot relate to the author because it seems -- and I mean no disrespect with this-- a little vanilla. The author Mr. Walker is a Christian from New Zealand who is spurred to do something heroic with his life. He obtains a job as an investigator for a Christian nonprofit organization that fights and breaks down human trafficking on a global scale. Like I God in a Brothel was not what I thought it would be. Like I was saying, sometimes I feel that a book or movie, for that matter is so visceral and well-written, so cutting, that I never want to read it again because I'm completely satisfied.
I went tentatively into reading it, wanted to study more about human trafficking. I did a Google search to find a book about human trafficking and came up with this. When I read the summary I thought it was interesting because it was looking at human trafficking from a man's point of view, like the FBI agents who went undercover and joined the KKK. As an investigator, Mr. Walker does travel the world in order to close down brothels whose "employees" are being held there against their wills. However, he doesn't get into any of the stories, not really. Oct 27, Stephen Collins rated it liked it Shelves: read , biography-and-memoir.
A challenging read on many levels, and a subject of great worthiness in Walker's writing about his work contributing to the reduction of sexual slavery.
However, the book carries a number of flaws that will make it hard for many to read, or leave them unsatisfied. First, and Walker acknowledges this early on, his perspective driven by a very powerful Christian faith pervades the entire book, and at times detracts from what should otherwise be powerful storytelling about his work. Second the use o A challenging read on many levels, and a subject of great worthiness in Walker's writing about his work contributing to the reduction of sexual slavery.
Second the use of pseudonyms for places Walker worked it's understandable for people, for a range of reasons; even the name Walker itself is a pseudonym , rather than naming places, particularly in SE Asia, strikes me as odd. Third, Walker's apparent obsession with being seen as a hero struck a discordant note with me. The tales Walker tells, and the dark underworld he describes would have been more powerful without these problems. Nov 25, Bob rated it really liked it Shelves: christian. This is like three books in one.
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The first is an account of the undercover efforts that the author and others are engaged in to fight sexual trafficking, motivated by sharing Christ's heart for justice and liberation for those enslaved in brothels around the world. He chronicles sex trafficking on every continent including places like Las Vegas and Atlanta.
The second book is a fact book helping us understand the extent and methods of trafficking and intervention efforts. But the third book is p This is like three books in one. But the third book is perhaps the most compelling. Walker also narrates his own journey into this underworld and the great risks entailed, the greatest of which is the corrosive effect of continuous exposure to the evils of trafficking, the necessary "acting" undercover agents must do, and the very real temptations he faced--and an account of grace in the midst of brokenness.
Not an easy but a compelling read Jul 09, Katie Pozzuoli rated it it was ok. I did not like this book. I found the writing to be mediocre in quality, but moreover I was turned off by the fact that the focus was the author's personal story more than sex trafficking. Nov 30, Fiona Akkerman rated it liked it Shelves: social-issues , contemporary , christian , autobiographical , non-fiction , humanitarian.
The story: 3 stars The writing: 2 stars The man and what he did: 4 stars.