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Hookers for Jesus founder to speak in Perham

Annie Lobert, Minnesota native and founder of a ministry called "Hookers for Jesus" will speak at Northwoods Assembly in Perham about the issue of human trafficking.

Lobert will speak at services on Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 27 at 10 a.m.

Lobert is an internationally known expert and advocate of ministry to men and women in the sex industry. She is recognized for her expertise and knowledge of domestic human sex trafficking. She survived more than 16 years working as a prostitute and high-class escort in Hawaii, Minneapolis and Las Vegas, which included catering exclusively to award-winning actors, famous musicians and rock stars, national and local politicians and professional athletes.

Lobert knows firsthand the harmful effects that a life in the adult entertainment industry can have on a person. She speaks effectively with both secular and religious communities on these issues.

Lobert has appeared on ABC's Nightline, Tyra Banks, Joyce Meyer and a vast array of various media outlets, including a short mini-series on the Discovery Channel called "Hookers, Saved on the Strip."

Human trafficking is the second-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world. Victims experience a loss of freedom and exploitation at the hands of their traffickers, who buy and sell them in pursuit of profit.

Virtually every nation in the world is engaged to some extent in this trade, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. UNICEF estimates that 1 million children alone are forced, sold, abducted or coerced into the commercial sex trade annually.

The U.S. State Department estimates that up to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States annually. The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that every year thousands of American children are lured into the trafficking industry. The U.S. State Department estimated in 2004 that as many as 18,500 men, women and children are trafficked into the United States each year, many for sexual exploitation.

Lobert will share her story of how a girl raised in a small town in Minnesota could wind up in such a lifestyle. Her story of escaping the industry after being put in a trunk of a car while a man with a body bag and shovel in hand waited for her to die will be a great inspiration for all to hear. Lobert has also survived cancer and runs a home called "Destiny House" where she ministers and helps women escape human trafficking.

For more information visit or call the church at 218-346-5433. Northwoods Assembly is located at 945 W. Main Street in Perham. All are welcome to attend.