We fight child sex trafficking in the US and abroad by providing a voice for boys in the arena of public discussion. Sean is willing to speak at events, conferences, churches and secular venues about his lived experience, and about how boys are targeted and trafficked today.
“God has given me hope and a purpose. He told me to go and share that hope with other survivors and those like the ones who hurt me too. I will do my best to honor Christ who truly did set me free. Why?Because we never looked into the eyes of anyone Jesus doesn’t love, no matter who they are. That is why I do what I do.”
- Sean Wheeler
As a preteen Sean’s family lived in a small midwestern town. Before 5 years of age predators came into his life, they groomed him and went on to share him for sexual purposes with others until he was almost 10 years old. By age 7, Sean was used in child sexual abuse material along with other children and several adults. By age 9, he had been taught how to drink and smoke and knew all about pornography. In His perfect timing, God rescued Sean and gave his life purpose today to speak for those who have no voice.
Sean has been a guest lecturer at Christ for the Nations in Dallas. He has been a guest on 100 Huntley Street in Toronto, Canada, and was featured on the 700 Club in the USA. Sean’s story has been shared in Charisma Magazine (on-line) and in other Christian publications. He is also the author of “Wretch: Haunted by Shadows – Rescued by Jesus” available at on-line at book sellers worldwide.
Sean is also on the Survivor Voice Council with EcPat-USA and consults with the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) and Polaris in the USA. Since he started speaking in 2014, over 6 million people in 150 nations world-wide have now heard his testimony.
Boys may be half the victims in the United States according to an EcPat-USA study done in 2013 called “And Boys Too”. In 2022, boys are still significantly under-represented in efforts to inform the public about this tragic issue. Some would say women and girls are a disproportionate share of the victims. Sean’s question to them is this. What exactly was my “proportionate” share?
Who we are: We are Christian and believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons. We believe
that the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sins. We
Believe the Bible is the infallible, inerrant, complete and true Word of God.
We are committed to a three-fold ministry in the fight against child trafficking.
1. As a survivor of sex trafficking, Sean speaks to help people understand that boys are trafficked too. They have far few resources available to deal with the impacts. On line images for trafficking usually just show girls, and only men as predators. Many organizations believe the number of boys is so low it’s not worth the effort to help them, but boys are sexually abused in far higher numbers than acknowledged. Over 30% of those who abused Sean as a pre-teen boy were women. How is the rape of any child ok?
2. We share a message of hope and forgiveness to convicted sex offenders who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, who have repented of their sins and who seek to become the people God created them to be. The bible say that God’s heart is that none should parish. Today Sean speaks to them about a grace that is more powerful than their sin. Law enforcement officials in Colorado tell Sean his work has been shown to reduce the reoffending rate by over 90% for those who hear his message.
3. As a long-term goal, Starfish seeks to build a church and housing for men coming out of prison as they move forward with their lives. We dream of a church where ex-convicts can worship and have a new relationship with God. We dream of facilities to provide for housing, training and counseling so that those who have no other options than just returning to the streets.