Annie Lobert, founder of Hookers for Jesus
|Born||Annie Laurie Lobert
September 26, 1967
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Other names||Fallen York \f(al)-en\|
|Education||High school diploma, Frederic High School|
|Occupation||Executive Director; Missionary; Motivational speaker|
|Years active||Established ministry in 2005|
|Known for||Sex Industry Missionary
|Home town||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
Annie Lobert (born September 26, 1967) is an American former call girl and sex industry worker, who founded the international Christian ministry Hookers for Jesus. In 2010, she produced and starred in a three-part documentary on the organization, titled Hookers: Saved on the Strip, which was broadcast nationwide on cable television's Investigation Discovery.
Lobert worked as a prostitute and "escort" in Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Hawaii for 16 years. She left the sex industry with the support of Al Nakata, one of her regular customers, who had fallen in love with her. After leaving prostitution, Nakata trained her in estimates and service reviews in order to work with him in his Super GT Series auto body and design firm.
Early life and education
Annie Lobert was born on September 26, 1967 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Chet and Joanne (née Osgar) Lobert. She is the second youngest of four children. She has a sister, Diana, and two brothers, Chuck and Bill. Diana died from Marfan's syndrome in 1995. Lobert attended Amery High School in Amery, Wisconsin and graduated from Frederic High School in Frederic, Wisconsin in 1986.
Hookers for Jesus
Lobert is the president and founder of Hookers for Jesus, an international, Christian faith-based nonprofit organization that addresses prostitution, sex trafficking, and sexual violence and exploitation linked to pornography and the sex industry.
In 2008, Hookers for Jesus established a safe house program in the Las Vegas area in partnership with The Church at South Las Vegas. The program, titled "Destiny House", is a safe haven for victims of sex trafficking and primarily serves prostitutes and local sex trade workers.
Media and public appearances
In 2006, Lobert began working on a joint media project with Heather Veitch of JCs Girls, entitled "Saving Sex City". However, the project was short lived and as of November 2008, Lobert and Veitch were no longer producing episodes.
In March 2009, Lobert participated in a nationally televised informal debate presented by ABC News Nightline that posed the question, "Does Satan Exist?" Other participants in the debate included Carlton Pearson; Deepak Chopra; and Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, where the debate was held. The debate was the third installment of the "Face-Off" series presented by Nightline, following "Does God Exist?" and "America Addicted to Porn?".
Lobert has spoken in churches and regional conferences throughout the United States, as well as during news reports and national news magazine programs. Her topics generally include a presentation of her testimony and experiences as a victim of sex trafficking, while sharing an overview of the primary and secondary harmful effects of involvement in the sex industry.
As of 2010[update], Lobert has been involved with MTV EXIT Concerts and The Whosoevers, a rock band and national evangelistic speaking group. During these events, she speaks and shares the story of her life. Taking the name "The Whosoevers" (from John 3:16), the purpose of the group is to "impact those whose pain has previously driven them to addictive or self-destructive behaviors." Regular members and leaders of the group include former Korn member, Brian "Head" Welch; Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and Lacey Sturm, formerly of Flyleaf.
In 2010, Lobert appeared on news programs and talk shows in support of an Investigation Discovery documentary show, Hookers: Saved on the Strip, including on NBC's Today Show with Meredith Vieira, and HLN's The Joy Behar Show.
Some of the programs and documentaries in which Lobert has appeared or been featured include:
- Television appearances
- The 700 Club on Christian Broadcasting Network
- ABC News Nightline: "The Nightline Face-Off: Does Satan Exist?"
- ABC News Nightline "Saving Sin City: Hookers for Jesus Target Unlikely Flock"
- Breakthrough with Rod Parsley
- Le Droit de Savoir with Charles Villeneuve
- Enjoying Everyday Life with Joyce Meyer
- HelpLine TV with Morris Cerullo
- Investigation Discovery Hookers: Saved on the Strip, three-part documentary, which debuted on December 8, 2010
- JCTV Christmas Special with Oz Fox (2008)
- JCTV Top 3 with Brandon Crouch
- The Jim Bakker Show with Mark Gungor
- The Joni Lamb Show
- Life Today with James and Betty Robison
- Praise the Lord with Paul Crouch, Jr. on Trinity Broadcasting Network
- The Pussycat Preacher, documentary film by Bill Day featuring Heather Veitch
- Sexy Missionaries, Italian and Swiss documentary film by Leonardo Capella
- The Tyra Banks Show (various appearances)
- Radio appearances
Lobert has appeared on talk radio and interviewed in major news publications throughout the world, including the Africa, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK, and the United States.
- Annie Lobert (2010-11-22). "Hookers: Saved On The Strip". Investigation Discovery. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Las Vegas Liberator". Charismamag.com. 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "Entity Details - Secretary of State, Nevada". Nvsos.gov. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Hookers for Jesus". Hookersforjesus.net. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "The Destiny House". Destinyhouselv.com. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Saving Sex City on Myspace Films". Myspace.com. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "ABC News: Tempers Flare at Debate on the Devil". Abcnews.go.com. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "ABC News: Nightline Face-Off". Abcnews.go.com. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Conference". The Whosoevers. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- Smith, Debra (Spring 2011). "The Whosoevers - Bringing Youth to Christ". In Price, Tom. Calvary Chapel Magazine (Calvary Chapel Magazine) 47: 36–43.
- Former escort fights to get prostitutes off street. "News & Sports - NBC Official Site". NBC.com. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "The Joy Behar Show: HLN: Joy Behar speaks with Annie Lobert, founder of Hookers for Jesus". HLN. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "Hookers for Jesus – CNN Belief Blog - CNN.com Blogs". Religion.blogs.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "CNN.com Transcripts". Studentnews.cnn.com. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "A High Class Call Girl Finds a Higher Calling". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Brown, Ely (2009-03-13). "ABC News: Nightline Face-Off: Does Satan Exist?". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Ely Brown and Neal Karlinsky (2009-03-12). "ABC News: Saving Sin City: Hookers for Jesus Target Unlikely Flock". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Le Droit de savoir (French)
- "Joyce Meyer Ministries with Annie Lobert of Hookers for Jesus". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Morris Cerullo's Helpline: Annie Lobert". Helplinetv.com. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Starr, Michael (2010-11-15). "Annie Lobert saving souls from street in 'Hookers: Saved on the Strip'". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
- "Jim Bakker Show". Jim Bakker Show. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Daystar VOD: Joni Lamb Show". Daystar.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Life Today with James and Betty Robison". Lightsource.com. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "LIFE Outreach International: Annie Lobert". Lifetoday.org. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Praise The Lord: Annie Lobert - 10-22-09 Part1". YouTube. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Pussycat Preacher". Pussycatpreacher.com. 2011-04-08. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Warner Bros. Online. "The Tyra Banks Show". Tyrashow.warnerbros.com. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- "Los Angeles Times: Born again, Vegas style". Vegasblog.latimes.com. 2008-01-07. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Bruce Tomaso/Editor (2008-01-09). "Dallas News: Former hooker and former stripper team up to save souls in Las Vegas". Religionblog.dallasnews.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Sherwell, Philip (2008-01-26). "Hookers for Jesus: Ex sex-workers save souls". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2011-06-03.
- Sherwell, Philip (February 3, 2008). "Former hookers adopt a missionary position". Sunday Tribune (South Africa).
- "CNN: Hookers for Jesus founder, Christian rocker wed in Vegas". Edition.cnn.com. 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2011-06-03.