Slave Hunter

One Man's Global Quest to Free Victims of Human Trafficking

Slave Hunter

Aaron Cohen left behind his closest friends, his dying father, and the rock-star life for an unyielding one-man global pursuit.

Aaron Cohen left behind his closest friends, his dying father, and the rock-star life for an unyielding one-man global pursuit.

At a time when more people than ever before are enslaved on this planet, Aaron Cohen found himself on a path of spiritual discovery that both transformed and endangered his life. Once the best friend and business partner to Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, Cohen now works alone, navigating the oppressive territory of pimps and drug lords from the shantytowns of Cambodia to the sweltering savannahs of Sudan. The flesh trade is the world’s fastest growing and most deadly illegal enterprise— even more profitable and easier to hide than guns, drugs, and precious gems. Cohen, posing as a sex tourist, slips into brothels, urged by madams to select from a lineup of girls as young as six. Sometimes he can save them from their captors, but more often than not, he must leave them behind, taking only the evidence he hopes will eventually lead to their rescue.

In a remarkable, unprecedented exposé of the sinister trade, the rocker-turned-activist reveals the fast-paced, inspiring, and unforgettable story of a real-life slave hunter.

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Aaron Cohen
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Aaron Cohen

Aaron Cohen has been a teen water polo star, a member of Jane's Addiction, a recovering addict, spiritually re-awakened, a co-founder of the "Drop the Debt" campaign, and bestowed with the Prize for Humanity by the Immortal Chaplains Foundation for his dangerous, official undercover work rescuing human trafficking victims in Africa, the Middle East, South America, and southeast Asia.

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Christine Buckley

Christine Buckley wrote a profile on Aaron for LA Weekly titled "From Hunter to Hunted." She has contributed articles and essays to a wide range of publications including LA Weekly, OC Weekly, and Lonely Planet, and has contributed to NPR's Weekend Edition.

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