MARK CRAWFORD 89
Prior to founding Just Food, Inc. and The Garden of Hope, Christa and Mark served as directors of the International Justice Missions Thailand Justice Center, rescuing women and children from forced prostitution. Christa also served as an associate social affairs officer in the Gender and Development Section of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, where she authored/edited the publication Combating Human Trafficking in Asia: A Resource Guide to International and Regional Legal Instruments, Political Commitments and Recommended Practices (2003).
Mark and Christa are accompanied by Moon, an eighteen-year-old survivor of child sex trafficking. Moons birth mother sold her into slavery at the age of twelve weeks; when she turned thirteen, her virginity was sold for approximately $800. The following year, she was forced to work in a brothel, where she was routinely threatened with disfigurement and torture if she did not comply with customers. She was not saved until the police and the International Justice Mission (an evangelist group) raided the brothel a month after she had been forced to labor there. According to UNICEF, Moon is merely one out an estimated one million children who annually enter the multibillion-dollar industry of commercial sexual exploitation.
When they heard of her story, Mark and Christa sought out Moon and began working with her to help repair the unspeakable damage that had been inflicted on her. All three are very active in seeking to extirpate this horrific practice, as well as helping former victims to transition into a socially viable source of income.
Mark and Christa are both active in writing, speaking, teaching, and advising about issues of prostitution and human trafficking in the Mekong Sub-region. They form part of the Athenaeums continuing series, Life After CMC.