Trump Admin gives grant money to——Hookers for Jesus?

Joaniepoanie

A new scandal is brewing for the Trump administration after a recent report reveals that the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave over $500,000 in anti-human trafficking grant money to “Hookers For Jesus,” a proselytizing Christian ministry.

Reuters reports:
A U.S. Justice Department anti-human trafficking grant program is facing internal complaints, after two nonprofits were denied funding in favor of two less established groups whose applications were not recommended by career DOJ officials.
The awarding of more than $1 million total to the two groups, Hookers for Jesus in Nevada and the Lincoln Tubman Foundation in South Carolina, has triggered a whistleblower complaint filed by the Justice Department’s employee union to the department’s Inspector General.

According to the report,” Hookers for Jesus,” a Christian ministry founded by former sex worker and sex trafficking victim Annie Lobert, received $530,190 in government funding. The ministry “operates Destiny House, a one-year safehouse program for sex-trafficking victims and women who want to leave sex work, as well as a number of other outreach programs.”

Newsweek reports on the problematic group:
[Hookers for Jesus] is controversial due to its strict rules in the safehouse, banning “secular magazines with articles, pictures, etc. that portray worldly views/advice on living, sex, clothing, makeup tips,” and mandatory attendance of the organization’s religious services.
Its staff manual also says homosexuality is immoral, according to copies obtained by Reuters via a public records request. The group’s policies could violate federal anti-discrimination laws.
Even more alarming, internal program manuals obtained by Reuters through public records requests show that the supposed safehouse “maintained a policy of requiring guests to participate in religious activities.”

The Reuters report goes on to note:
Other rules limited everything from who victims could call to banning them from bringing their purses with them on weekly shopping trips. Rule-breakers could be penalized by being assigned chores such as washing windows.
In other words, the Christian ministry takes advantage of vulnerable female adult trafficking victims, forcing them to participate in religious activities, prohibiting them from reading “secular magazines,” and controlling their every move.
Lawyers find that the ministry is violating “anti-discrimination laws that prohibit using federal funding to engage in explicitly religious activities.”
Dallas Hammer, an attorney specializing in discrimination law, said:
The fact that the federal government is funding this is problematic. The decision-makers here could be walking the federal government right into a clear violation of the First Amendment.
In a new grant award, senior Justice officials rejected the recommendations of career officials and decided to deny grants to highly rated Catholic Charities in Palm Beach, Fla., and Chicanos Por La Causa in Phoenix. Instead, Reuters reported, they gave more than $1 million combined to lower-rated groups called the Lincoln Tubman Foundation and Hookers for Jesus.

Why? Well, it turns out the head of the Catholic Charities affiliate had been active with Democrats and the Phoenix group had opposed President Trump’s immigration policies. By contrast, Hookers for Jesus is run by a Christian conservative and the Lincoln Tubman group was launched by a relative of a Trump delegate to the 2016 convention.

That Catholic Charities has been replaced by Hookers for Jesus says much about Barr’s Justice Department. Friends of Trump are rewarded. Opponents of Trump are punished. And the nation’s law enforcement apparatus becomes Trump’s personal plaything.

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THOR, Son of ODIN(2)

What???

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loonlakelaborcamp(3 A/B)

And you think Catholic Charities is any less religious? Next you will object to them!

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catkinZ8a

No scandal.

It's a ministry founded by a former female prostitute who is now a Christian helping to fight human trafficking.

Here's her story:

Hookers for Jesus: Annie's Story

She was trapped in hell. Raped, beaten, and kidnapped--Annie Lobért was living within a prison of sex trafficking, drugs and prostituting. Her life continued to spiral out of control and spiritual and physical death was growing nearer.


She was trapped in hell. Raped, beaten, and kidnapped--Annie Lobért was living within a prison of sex trafficking, drugs and prostituting. Her life continued to spiral out of control and spiritual and physical death was growing nearer.

Lobért eventually suffered a heart attack after an extended use of cocaine. She cried out to God to deliver her as she slumped to the floor. Her answer came swiftly. Later Lobért shocked doctors by miraculously escaping death and walking out of the hospital. Lobért vowed to destroy the sex industry and launched the Hookers for Jesus in Las Vegas, Nevada (2005) out of her pain--her desperation.

With the help of the Church at South Las Vegas, Lobért also morphed into a bold witness for Christ and started Destiny House, a transitional program to help women get out of the sex industry. Currently Lobért and her ministry team witness to women on the Las Vegas strip and night clubs by praying and giving gift bags filled with makeup, perfume and Lobért’s phone number if the women need to reach out.

There’s no avoiding the opposition--hate.

Lobért faces constant death threats, via social media, and on the streets, however. Not a surprise. The amount of money spent on prostitution is $30 million a day according to a report by the San Francisco Examiner (Top 5 Myths About Prostitution). After spending 16 years in the sex industry, Lobért says her determination is unwavering. She’s on a mission to set the record straight about prostitution and the definition of sex trafficking. She addresses the church’s blindness to the problem and lack of acceptance of women leaving the industry.

Life is sweeter for Lobért, 43. She found God, her divine healer, and lover. She also found true love in the marriage of Oz Fox, the guitarist of the 80s Christian rock band Stryper in 2009. Lobért has appeared on ABC News Nightline and The Tyra Banks Show and many other media outlets to share her testimony. Her ministry Hookers for Jesus also premiered on the Investigation Discovery Channel "Hookers: Saved on the Strip" in a three-part series in December. Lobért is witty and unassuming in her interview, giving us a grim look into the sex industry. This is Annie’s story in her own words and her mission to destroy the sex industry.

For more information or to get involved in Lobért’s ministry please check out Hookers for Jesus



https://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/christian-inspiration/hookers-for-jesus-annies-story.aspx

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carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b(zone 9/10)

Saw reporting on this recently. These guys are incredible. Mr. Trump fancies himself Supreme Ruler, it seems...

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Joaniepoanie

Big picture missed by Trumpers.....yet again and as always.

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Ziemia(6a)

The issue isn't the name of the org.

The issue isn't the story of the founder of the org.

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Linda

Sounds worse than being in prison. At least there you are allowed to make some decisions for yourself!

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margaritadina

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Joaniepoanie

Big picture missed by Trumpers.....yet again and as always.
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Oh, we get the big picture, don't worry - orange man bad. We get it ))))

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cecily 7A

Do you really need to be reminded that separation of church and state is a thing????

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chipotle

Cecily, apparently so. It went right over their heads.

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