Debi Pearl and Sex Trafficking?

Debi Pearl and Sex Trafficking? January 15, 2020
A drag performer as Ella Fitzgerald takes the stage in Florida

I’ve been trolling through this months No Greater Joy magazine, noticing the lack of Michael Pearl writings, and the furious filling up of the pages with Debi’s thinly disguised ads for her new book  “Create a Better Brain Through Neuroplasticity” by making her usual pile of ridiculous claims. I can see on the Amazon charts that this book has been something of a failure, but she’s been pimping this book out over six months now.

This month almost all of Debi’s pieces involve one thing –  young unmarried ladies puzzling over what they should do in their single years. Debi reverses herself, saying instead staying home helping mama run the home and family that girls should be out there working or participating in different ministers. Then we take a hard left turn into sex trafficking.

Here is another idea that has been brewing in my mind and soul. I have been researching what officials are saying about child sex trafficking. I have been stunned to read that there are hundreds of thousands of children here in the USA being sold for sexual purposes. Did you know that up to half the children that are trafficked have been part of state-run child protection agencies? The very people hired to watch out for children are part of the sex trafficking industry.

Wait, that’s not exactly true about kids coming from foster care making up half the children trafficked. Debi is taking incomplete data and extrapolating yet again. According to the National Foster Youth Institute up to 60% of trafficking victims have history in child welfare system, not just foster care, or protection agencies. Kids from troubled homes, homes on food stamps and other forms of social help, kids who have been identified as coming from a household subsiding a poverty levels, kids from special enrichment programs, and yes, kids from families with CPS involvement. It isn’t the tiny narrow definition that Debi is purporting here.

This is a concerning and only recently acknowledged problem, but the roots go much further back than Debi likely assumes. Just the small amount of research I have done on the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist troubled teen homes have turned up many allegations that one of the primary purposes of many of those homes was likely to traffic the girls into the sex trade

If you witnessed the last few days of Dr. Phil shows on Hephzibah Homes and those incarcerated there its not too far a leap to see how easy sex trafficking kids from those places would be. And that 60% figure I quoted earlier? That also includes children at these church-sponsored troubled teen homes too. They seem almost set up to traffic girls.

What can you as a young single woman do to stop this atrocity? You could make videos of someone reading the Yell and Tell books and share them on social media. You could do research on how creeps find children and share the information. You could go to schools and libraries and offer to read to the kids. Start a Facebook group where you challenge other young women to do the same. Develop a wholesome book list and share it. You know the transvestites are dressing up like the nasty perverts they are and going into libraries to read to children. It is TIME we take our little ones back.

So now we have  a sick ad for Debi’s dumb “Yell and Tell” book combined with the mindless suggestions of doing a video reading it followed by a passel of homophobia and trans-hatred.

But here’s the thing. It is almost unheard of in the available statistics that transgendered people sexually assault others. They are many times sexually abused as both children and adults, but generally are not offenders. In  the years now we’ve had drag queen story hour in many libraries across the country there has only been one case of a known sex offender being the reading drag queen. One out of thousands.

Yet there are thousands upon thousands of “Good Christians” who work with kids and later it comes out they sexually molested huge piles of children.  Drag queens are statistically safer than youth pastors.

This is just such a weird little rabbit trail for Debi Pearl to take, especially in light of the foster kids and adopted kids who have died at the hands of those who follow the teachings of Michael and Debi Pearl in their monstrously awful tome “To Train Up a Child”

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  • persephone

    I guess I’ll have to check on Dr. Phil. I usually avoid him, but if he’s actually doing a exposé on Hepzibah House, I’m going to have to tune in.

    Debi has finally come up against the brick wall of reality in the life of a complementarian: what happens when the man can no longer support the family? We know she’s not going to move in with Rebekah, or either of the boys, unless the divorced one is living at home. She could probably get Shoshanna to take her in, if it comes down to it. We’ll see.

    I have a strong gut feeling that none of the kids are really going to miss Mike. Or they won’t after a few months of them realizing that the air is suddenly easier to breathe without him around.

  • Tawreos

    Poor Debi. She hasn’t quite realized that people prefer to go to Youtube to get their misinformation today, rather than buy a whole book full of it. Nice of her to reinforce how chock full of misinformation her various scribblings are by confusing transvestites and drag kings/queens. Hey Debi. Drag is usually done for entertainment purposes and the other is just people that like wearing the clothing of the opposite sex. There is nothing wrong with either of them unless one of them shows up in the same outfit and wears it better than me. =)

  • Tawreos

    It is a sad thing to see the state some of these guys leave their wives in when they go. When I worked at the bank I would have at least one call a month that needed me to explain to an elderly widow how a checking account worked because her husband had taken care of that and just given her grocery money throughout their marriage. I always felt so sorry for them. I wonder if Debi will be in the same boat. I do think the length of time for them to breathe easier after Mike is gone will be determined by whether or not his death revives interest in his previous works or not.

  • Whitney Currie

    Child trafficking rings don’t just show up one day. Let’s be brutally honest here; such crimes are not committed by just one or two individuals, but by groups. Epstein and Maxwell wouldn’t have been able to continue their abuse of teenage girls for anywhere near so long if they hadn’t had people working with them, and others turning a blind eye to it. From what I’ve seen, those two went after girls that were more vulnerable than the average for whatever reason. That’s how it works; the vulnerable get taken first, just like a lion on the Serengeti goes after the weak members of the group first. Stopping this sort of crime is difficult at best; people don’t want to get caught up in the blowback, and it’s now known that Epstein would find ways of dealing with anyone threatening his fun times with underage girls.

    Getting on Facebook and starting a group isn’t going to help. It might make someone feel better, but it’s not going to resolve the issue. This is a complex issue, and a fairy-tale wand-wave solution isn’t going to fix it. If you’re the sort of person who wants to get in there and help out, great! You should do that. Just don’t think for a second it’s going to be all typing messages up to post on the internet; these victimized kids (yes, this happens to boys, too) deserve better than that.

  • Tawreos

    I can’t help but notice that Debi really cares about human tracking and wants to do something about it. How can I tell, you ask. She gave them a bunch of things they could try. These may not be all that helpful in reality, but it is something. If they really don’t care about a problem but want to appear as if they do then the only advice would be to pray.

  • Carstonio

    A better explanation is that she’s taking the Michael Farris fearmongering a step further. Not only will fundamentalist parents lose their kids to CPS, according to the myth, but the kids will also be exploited.

  • AFo

    Debi clearly knows that sex trafficking is wrong, but can’t wrap her head around any idea more complex than her worldview, so of course she brings it back to CPS and drag queens (aka things that only “godless heathens” associate with).

  • Jenn H

    What can a young woman do about child trafficking? Raising money for charities and voting for someone who isn’t Trump is probably the most one can reasonably expect. I know people who work with foster children and in victim advocacy, and it is harrowing work, and really not something you want to do unless you are really prepared for what it involves.

  • Jim Jones

    Look at Plan USA or Plan International. That helps get children out of extreme poverty which makes them safer.

  • SAO

    The deference given to Epstein, despite the open secret that he liked underage girls, is similar to the deference given to Gothard, Swaggart, and many other CPM leaders caught being creepy or criminal with kids.

  • Emersonian

    I had the same thought–god, I hate Dr. Phil, but if he’s putting the evils of Hepzibah House out there, well… maybe he’s not the worst?

  • Jennifer

    I don’t think drag queens and transgender individuals are usually the same.

  • Brian Shanahan

    Or the deference given to paedophile priests within the rcc. Or even, up until recently the deference given to catholic men who showed up at catholic orphanages with the money to buy children.

  • Raging Bee

    Yeah, “Don’t ever vote for anyone with a long history of sexual harassment and assaults and credibly suspected of raping minor girls!” didn’t seem to occur to her…

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    She mentioned in the next paragraph about volunteering to make sure Godly men and women were elected.

  • Raging Bee

    So which Democrat does she support this year?

  • Jennifer

    Probably none. Glad she has few qualms about women in power, looks like.

  • persephone

    He’s not the worst, but the shilling for his and his wife’s merchandise is just gross.

  • Astrin Ymris

    Offering free highly-reliable birth control to every sexually-active fertile woman in America would probably be the biggest help. Unwanted children are more likely to be abused and/or neglected, and thus to become vulnerable to sex traffickers. Prosecuting rape of unconscious women as rape might also make men think twice about pursuing sex in cases of dubious consent.

  • 24CaratHooligan

    So when can we see you on RuPaul’s Drag Race? We’ve just had the first ever UK Drag Race and it was bl00dy lush 🙂

  • 24CaratHooligan

    My ex-mother-in-law was like that. Fair play to her she did roll her sleeves up and get on with life but it was a massive culture shock for her. Although they didn’t really have the added weight of religion holding them back, being CofE and therefore a bit wishy-washy. It was more a generational thing, they were married in 1948.

  • Nightflyer

    Not only do unwanted children become victims of abuse and sex traffickers, they become serial killers and violent criminals: Aileen Wuornos comes to mind, but unfortunately she’s the only one who just pops into my head…the ARE others.