Sitting in one of KRIV-TV's studios, an Israeli man named Ohad bluntly described his former profession.
"I used to be a bodyguard for a woman importer in Israel," he said. "I saw the whole process of the selling and buying of these women. How they move them and ship them across the borders from Eastern Europe to Israel."
He saw it.
He helped it happen.
But after eleven years of watching kidnapped women turn into prostitutes, he heard something that changed his world.
"Yeshua," he said along with a few other Hebrew words. Then he translated, "It means: Jesus loves you"
Ohad is now sharing his story through the film Nefarious, which offers an inside look at the global sex industry. He'll also share his story at the first annual Elijah Rising Justice Summit this weekend. His mission is now to fight against the very crime he once protected.
Ohad says there are differences between the way sex trafficking works where he's from and here, but there are similarities.
"In Israel they passed a law you cannot advertise for sex. Everyone started to make ads for spas and massage parlors and that's what you guys have too," he said. "What kind of man are you that you would pay for something that you're supposed to get for free from your loving wife? More than that, if you have children what you pay them goes to the same people that sell drugs to your children. I mean, I believe that to say the prostitution situation here in Houston is not mob or crime related would be trying to make people blind. There is no one brothel that I believe that if you investigate- where does the money go- it doesn't go to some sort of mafia."