Sobbing and on her knees in front of a television screen filled with evangelist Joyce Meyers in 2003, Annie Lobert knew her 16 years as a prostitute, stripper, porn actress, and drug abuser in Las Vegas had come to an end.
Two years later, she opened an organization she rebelliously called Hookers for Jesus, a way out of the life of abuse, desperation, and horror of women trapped in the sex trafficking trade.
It's not a pretty trade, not glamorous, not fulfilling — in fact, to hear Annie tell her story, it is a living nightmare.
"I was beaten, raped, kidnapped, strangled, suffocated, guns put in my mouth, hair cut off, tied up, gagged, put in trunks of cars, bones broken, spit on, kicked, pushed, stalked by crazy men, and during that time I was pimped (AKA sex trafficked), was pimped for years," she says on her group's website.
She came out of an abusive childhood and fell into the sex trade, adopting the stripper name of "Fallen" as her sobriquet, but since her experience of being saved, she told the Daily Beast,
"I do what I do now because I'm overflowing with gratitude."
In 2008, she organized a safe house for women who want out of the prostitution trade, named Destiny House, after Annie's miscarried daughter. She found sponsors, raised money, became featured on a host of television programs including The Discovery Channel and Meyer's show, and has gotten married to Oz Fox, guitarist & vocalist for the heavy metal band Stryper.
Hookers for Jesus' website notes that the average age of entry into prostitution in the U.S. is 11-14 years, the average prostitute is 31 years old, with 11 years in the racket, and 42 percent of prostitutes came into the business before they were 18.
Women who find their way to Hookers for Jesus can receive a place to stay, decent food and vocational training, as well as counseling, all free of charge, on their way out of the sex business.
"I want to show them that God did not plan for them sell their body and soul but wants them to step into a HIGHER calling — their final destiny — a life of purpose!
"I finally found the truth, and it was not in some man, materialism, drug or fantasy. It is in a man that will never leave you nor forsake you. He is faithful, merciful, graceful, kind, but most of all he loves me for me and not who I used to be!
"His name is Jesus Christ."
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