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“A True Story of Human Trafficking” to be told at NRB 2011 Powerful new book exposes crimes on Facebook Nashville, TN. Raymond Bechard, author of a new book on human trafficking to be released at NRB 2011, will announce the details of his research into the social networking website, Facebook at a Press Conference on Monday, February 28, 2011 at 12:00 PM. “Right now, criminals are using Facebook as their dark playground,” Bechard explains.

Having written for ministries and human rights organizations for over 20 years, he is the author of the new book, The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America, which will make its debut at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee February 27 through March 1, 2011. While writing the book, Bechard came across a Facebook profile page which he remembers to this day. “It started with just one photograph, right there for anyone to see,” he explains. “The young girl, perhaps six or seven years old, was not smiling in the picture. With her head turned slightly to the right, she looked coyly at the lens. It was intentionally provocative. Her hair was done in a highly stylized arrangement with green and yellow ribbons. Along with other makeup, she was wearing lipstick, eyeliner and shadow. She was standing outside, a blue sky and unidentified foothills behind her. She was holding an inflatable Daffy Duck. And she was completely naked.” After notifying police, (The photographer, the men posting it, and the men downloading it and keeping it on their computer are all guilty of child pornography crimes.) Bechard realized this was not the only photograph of its kind. It was part of an enormous collection that is growing online – especially on Facebook - by the hour. “Other explicit images and videos of children on Facebook are far worse . . . far worse,” Bechard says. “I’m not shocked that criminals use the internet to trade these photos with each other. But, this isn’t hidden away on some obscure, offshore website. This is on Facebook right now.” Most of the reported 600 million users of Facebook probably think it well patrolled and generally safe from such content. With some privacy concerns, the vast majority of Facebook users, from private citizens, to churches and ministries, to major corporations, NGO's, politicians, and even the President of the United States, have no idea that it is home to a massive collection of unreported child and adult pornography. Having discovered these abuses and crimes on Facebook, Bechard now has this question. “If Facebook has the human and technological resources to topple governments and shift human history, shouldn’t it be able to prevent sexually explicit images of child children - some only newborns - from being placed on their system?” At Monday’s press conference, Bechard will announce a new initiative to rid the popular social networking site of these flagrant violations against children. “Our goal is to motivate Facebook to focus its vast intellectual and financial resources and bring an end to these crimes taking place on their website. No matter what Facebook might be doing now to prevent this violence against children, it is clearly not enough. We will settle for nothing less than a real solution that keeps these abusive profiles off Facebook in the first place. To do that, we must bring this story out in the open.” Bechard’s book, The Berlin Turnpike: A True Story of Human Trafficking in America, exposes the multitude of dangers facing young people and families through growing commercial sexual

exploitation crimes in the United States. The book will be released by Sons of Liberty Press for the first time at the 2011 National Religious Broadcasters Convention (NRB), February 27 – March 1. This is a special early release of the book exclusively for media and attendees of NRB 2011. The general public release is March 21, 2011. - Raymond Bechard’s NRB 2011 schedule: o Press Conference: Monday, February 28, 2011, 12:00 p.m., Media Room o Book Signing: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Main Exhibit Hall o Private interview availability at Booth 946 and: Monday, February 28, 2011, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. - All prior media inquiries should be made to: o o 860-339-5387 ###