Elizabeth Nolan Brown has a post about an appalling new show on A&E that is described as “To Catch a Predator meets Pretty Woman.” The show features an ex-cop turned preacher stalking sex workers, luring them to a hotel room and then proselytizing them to “save” them.
A new reality series slated for A&E will feature a cop-turned-pastor intent on saving sex workers’ souls by luring them to hotel rooms and then lecturing them on national television. Once he has sex workers cornered, pastor Kevin Brown has eight minutes to convince them of the error of their whorin’ ways. It’s like To Catch a Predator meets Pretty Woman! Which is to say: an abomination that should never, ever have gotten the greenlight.
The series—working title: 8 Minutes—is being produced by Tom Forman, who would still be touting extreme home makeovers and food truck races were it not for a 2013 Los Angeles Times article about Brown’s “rescue” efforts. Apparently, Brown has been at his odious task a while. In 2011, he helped form Safe Passage OC, which conducts “unofficial stings to ‘liberate’ women and minors from a life of servitude,” as the Times describes it. The group sees their missions “as undercover police operations—with a dash of prayer.”…As the Times article makes clear, most of the women Brown encounters want nothing to do with his savior complex. At least they’re only subjected to a strange or scary or insulting conversation. Now Brown’s stalk-and-save efforts come with a camera crew.
They actually look up sex workers online, then have a van full of people tracking them and setting up sting operations. That’s called stalking and it’s kind of criminal. Unless it’s a preacher and it’s on a TV show, apparently. Wanna bet that they’ll only have women on the show?