In Pursuit of Love: One Woman's Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant

In Pursuit of Love: One Woman's Journey from Trafficked to Triumphant

by Rebecca Bender


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Through her own gripping story of escape from human trafficking, Rebecca Bender reveals the inner workings of the underground world of modern-day slavery and helps us learn how we can be a catalyst for change where we live.

Born and raised in a small Oregon town, all-American girl Rebecca Bender was a varsity athlete and honor roll student with a promising future. Then a predator pretending to be her boyfriend lured her into a web of lies that sent her down a path she never imagined possible.

For nearly six years, Rebecca was sold across the underground world of sex trafficking in Las Vegas. She was branded, beaten, told when to sleep and what to wear, and traded between traffickers. Forced into a dark sisterhood, Rebecca formed bonds with her trafficker and three other women, creating a false sense of family. During that time, God began revealing himself to her. And in the midst of her exploitation, she found the hope she needed to survive.

After a federal raid, Rebecca escaped. Her life was forever changed as she felt the embrace of her heavenly Father guiding her to healing and wholeness. Rebecca soon began to use her own experiences to change the lives of others as she went back into the darkest places she had known—assisting FBI, VICE, and law enforcement across the country in some of their most difficult cases.

Through Rebecca's incredible story of redemption, we remember that our past does not have to determine our destiny.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310356851
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/28/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 133,967
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

After escaping nearly six years of human trafficking, Rebecca Bender received the kind of restoration that only God provides. Now an award-winning social entrepreneur, she is the CEO & Founder of the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a nonprofit that works with law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security, and aftercare programs and provides expert testimony, trainings, and consultation across the globe. She is also the founder of Elevate Academy, an online school for women who want to pursue the call of God regardless of their pasts. Rebecca has earned her Masters in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary and enjoys influencing culture by teaching biblical truths for various audiences. Rebecca and her husband, Matt, live in the Pacific Northwest with their four daughters.


Table of Contents

Author Note 11

Prologue 13

1 Vice Night 15

2 The Romeo Effect 30

3 The Slammer 45

4 No Easy Exits 61

5 Home from Jail 72

6 Rock Bottom 79

7 Delivered 87

8 Choosing Up 100

9 Wife-in-Laws 117

10 Sundown to Sunup 133

11 A Home Divided 146

12 The Whale 161

13 Black and Blue 180

14 Prodigal Daughter 198

15 We Shall Overcome 210

16 Learning Curve 229

17 The Expert 244

Human Trafficking Lingo 257

Acknowledgments 261

Appendix 1 Red Flags: Are You or is Someone You Know Dating a Trafficker? 267

Appendix 2 The Power of Coercion 271

About the Benders 279

Notes 281

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