Meet Aaron Cohen, a one man A-team. Aaron is an ex-heroin addict and was Jane’s Addictions manager/guru, who now travels the world rescuing girls from becoming sex slaves. His adventures have uncovered evidence which has lead to global legislation to help prevent human trafficking. Did I forget to mention Spielberg wants the rights to his life story? Read the full story on Aaron Cohen from the Guardian. After reading the article this would be one reality show I would need to watch!
Jan 21, 2010
- description: I don't know where to even start with Aaron Cohen. With his day job, springing imprisoned girls out of brothels? With his past life as a heroin addict? Or the fact that he used to be on the payroll of alternative-rock band Jane's Addiction, his job description hovering somewhere between "manager" and "spiritual guru"? Or that he refers to himself as a "priest" and studies the Bible for at least an hour every morning? Or that both Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone have been vying to buy the rights to his book Slave Hunter: One Man's Global Quest to Free Victims of Human Trafficking, and turn his life into a film? I worry, though, about how believable that would be. There are moments reading the book when I wonder if he's not a bit of a fantasist: the facts of his life seem so incredible. The rock-band antics, the years of Kabbalah study, the infiltration of criminal gangs and consorting with drug smugglers and human traffickers. He's larger than life, and when I meet him this turns out to be literally true: he's 6ft 5in, 44 and has the most unnerving gaze of almost anyone I've ever met. I keep going to the loo just to be able to stare at a blank wall and have five minutes' respite. There's an almost messianic passion that Cohen brings to bear on the subject of human trafficking: it is his life's work and, he believes, part of a divine plan.