“You should get out,” he said.
“Leave me your phone number,” she said. “I’ll think about it.”
The 2013 article by the Los Angeles Times outlined the story of Kevin Brown and his singular mission: to surprise women in hotels and help them quit prostitution.
Now, a new reality TV series by A&E with the working title 8 Minutes is bringing Brown’s work to the screen in a series of eight episodes featuring the cop-turned-pastor. He has eight minutes to surprise escorts in hotel rooms and offer them a way out. For twenty years on patrol, the Santa Ana police officer encountered his fair share of prostitutes, arresting them as a matter of course. But what he really wanted to do, he told his church congregation, was help them find rescue.
“He saw girls who had no place else to go, who had been abused by their pimps, girls who really needed a helping hand,” Tom Forman, executive producer of 8 Minutes, told Entertainment Weekly. “Now that he’s running a church, he can offer them that help. That’s what he was doing well before we called him. I like a little reality in my reality shows.”
After retiring, Brown dedicated himself to serving his church full-time, and his undercover prostitution intervention operation was born. Forman says inspiration for the A&E show sprang from reading the 2013 Times article about Brown and his team of Christian volunteers, called Safe Passage OC, who endeavored to liberate women and minors from the sex trade through unofficial stings.
So how does he do it?
Brown’s perception is finely tuned after two decades on the job, explained Forman, enabling him to “decode an ad or solicitation or posting on the Internet like no one you’ve ever seen.” He studies photos of potential victims on backpage.com or craigslist, hunting for clues such as makeup covering bruises or minors whose faces show a certain emptiness. Once he gets them alone in a room, he tells them he’s not there for sex, but to hear their stories and offer a second chance.
“What you learn is that none of these girls would have chosen this life,” said Forman.
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SOURCE: WORLD News Service