A&E’s new original series, “8 Minutes” premieres on April 2nd at 10pm ET/PT. This new docu-series follows a veteran cop turned pastor and his team of advocates as they risk their lives to help victims of sex trafficking escape to safety.
Pastor Kevin Brown and his Lives Worth Saving team as they help sex workers and victims of sex trafficking leave their dangerous situations behind to start over. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Brown has determined that eight minutes is the maximum amount of time to safely convince these women to leave with his team — any longer puts everyone’s lives at risk. This high-stakes series takes an unflinching look at a very dangerous world.
In Houston, Texas, the epicenter of human trafficking in the United States, Brown and his team of victim’s advocates and other volunteers, embark on a mission to help some of the thousands of young women forced into prostitution each year in America. With the help of strategically placed hidden cameras, the team undertakes harrowing undercover missions to offer help to women they believe may be in danger. In a non-descript hotel room, Brown poses as a client and once he established his credentials, he then brings in a victim’s advocate—a woman who has successfully escaped being trafficked herself.
Throughout the season, we meet over forty women; ranging from one who saw her twin sister killed in front of her to another woman sold at the age of 10 by a family friend. The stakes are high and there isn’t much time to decide if they want to take the offer of help or return to their life on the streets.
Pastor Kevin is the Senior Pastor of Side-By-Side Church International located in Orange County, California. He is a retired police officer with nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience including work with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, undercover narcotics, parolee apprehension, and thirteen years as a SWAT member. Kevin did not have a Christian background growing up but experienced a “Saul of Tarsus” conversion as a police sergeant in 1991.
Kevin’s faith lead him to help impoverished third world nations to preach. Kevin ministers in the alleyways, highways and underground churches in the nations of Iran, Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Malaysia and Sri Lanka, where the preaching of the Gospel is illegal. In addition, Kevin has ministered in the countries of Haiti, Kenya and Uganda during times of civil unrest.
In 2006, Kevin worked to eliminate child starvation in remote impoverished areas where food assistance is not already available. This has lead to the establishment of the S.E.E.D. Program and the Children’s Food Distribution Centers in Uganda and Kenya.
In 2008, Kevin began to work side-by-side with various law enforcement entities and Community Based Organizations to impact gang violence in Orange County. Thus began the Lives Worth Saving-Gang Intervention. LWSGI has been recognized for it’s work by law enforcement and government officials.
In 2011, Kevin was enlightened to the injustice of Sex Trafficking that was occurring here in the United States. Through Lives Worth Saving-Human Trafficking, a curriculum was developed and men and women from Faith Based Organizations responded to the cry of the young girls and women trapped in this horrible lifestyle.