Dr. Jeff Brodsky is Founder and President of JOY International, a non-profit organization now in its 35th year. Dr. Jeff is devoted to the rescue and restoration of children who have been commercially sexually exploited. He has travelled extensively to more than 60 nations. About 10 years ago, Dr. Jeff’s eyes were opened to a burgeoning evil against children and teens. An evil that is an abusive exploitation of the world’s most innocent and vulnerable. This atrocity has radically refocused his heart and the vision of JOY. It is an atrocity that has quickly become a multi-billion dollar industry: The Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSE) or Child Sex Slaves. This has become the fastest growing crime in the world today – including North America.
JOY International has established key strategic relationships with local law enforcement and NGO’s in India, Nepal, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia and America. They have highly trained teams that go deep undercover to gather information needed for raids into brothels where children, teens and young women are being held as sex slaves. Dr. Jeff has personally gone deep undercover on covert operations for successful rescues. JOY International has now assisted in the rescue of nearly 2,000 children, teens and young women. Dr. Jeff says: “In all my years of travel throughout the world and seeing the desperate needs of children; the trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child is without question THE worst, most evil, heinous atrocity being perpetrated against children in our society today. There are thousands of children’s organizations doing great work in meeting the needs of children in all areas, but I found just a handful devoted to the actual rescue of children who are forced into the child sex trade. Many talks about rescue – very few actually do it.”
Dr. Jeff shares a powerful message to Law Enforcement professionals and Educators on the Jr. & Sr. High School and College/University level. He also speaks to children, teens and young adults as well as parents on the current methods of predators who are searching for girls to force into the sex trade (the average age of 12-17) and up to college age. In his presentation, he gives examples of what young girls need to look for to protect themselves from predators who pose as “boyfriends” or so-called “Loverboys.” This presentation literally has the potential to save lives.
Dr. Jeff has spoken throughout the world at many Churches, Schools, Colleges, Universities, Conferences, Conventions, Seminars and Symposiums. He has also spoken to many Men’s and Women’s Groups as well as Civic and Social Clubs including VFW, American Legion, Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimist Clubs. He has appeared or been interviewed on TV, Radio and Newspapers around the world. He has a unique way of sharing the plight of trafficked children to all ages including Elementary Schoolchildren. It will be shown in his upcoming children’s book: “Why Am I Barefoot?” He has also just completed the manuscript for his upcoming book for adults titled: “The Least of These.”
On July 19th, 2010, Dr. Jeff began living totally barefoot to show solidarity and bring awareness to the plight of children being held as sex slaves around the world. He has now been totally barefoot for nearly 7 years! The Barefoot Mile is a fundraising walk now happening across America with invitations to have them around the world.