Human and sex trafficking are major social problems affecting many societies. Many people have been robbed of their dignity by people undervaluing others. Entertainer, ex-rugby player, and film producer, Jaco Booyens took it on to himself to deal with these social concerns.
Jaco is a staunch Christian who values other humans. He contributes to the Christian faith by participating in creating awareness of Human trafficking and announcing the arrest of those caught in the act.
He told about the arrest of singer R. Kelly, Marvels actress Zara Phythian, Jean Luc Brunel, and Ghislain Maxwell. Media outlet Blaze Tv and institutions such Mercy Culture Church have featured his work. Here is his biography.
Jaco Booyens Biography
Jaco Booyens is an American international speaker, film producer, and entrepreneur. His focus is combatting human trafficking. Booyens has produced films and engaged in seminars and interviews all addressing human trafficking. He is the founder of Jaco Booyens Ministries and Sharetogether.
Jaco Booyens Age
Jaco is 45 years old as of 2022. He was born in South Africa but later relocated to the United States. Jaco was raised by a single mother and is the first born in a family of 3 children. He met his wife Philipa A. Booyens, who is a writer and entertainer as well. They Married on November 3rd, 2007. The couple will be celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2022. Jaco and Philipa have been blessed with three children: two girls and one boy.
Jaco Booyens NFL
Booyens was passionate about rugby in his youthful years. The highest he went was signing a tryout contract with Toronto Argonauts. He has played at the provincial level in South Africa for the Falcons and Lions. He hanged his boots in 2002.
Jaco Booyens Career
Booyens has had many careers in his lifetime. However, all of them had a common denominator: entertainment. He began as a child actor and transitioned to a rugby player when he joined college. Jaco managed to play in the Canadian Football League and later the National Football League in the United States.
He later entered the film, fashion, music, and theater industries where he was a model. However, his passion was in talent management. His passion led him to work as an artist and repertoire representative for Sony. Wherever Jaco went, he announced his faith in Jesus and his determination to lead others to Him. His vision has been to raise a Godly army of models, singers, actors, and entertainers.
Jaco joined an organization called Actors, Models, and Talent for Christ (AMTC), founded by Millie Lewis and her daughter Carey Lewis, which aims at connecting talented people with agents, directors, and managers. Tim Urban, Taylor Beckam, and Julian Silva are all products of AMTC.
Together with his wife, they founded an entertainment organization called After Eden Pictures, which represents Jaco’s new passion. Booyens is using the entertainment industry’s power to create awareness of sex and human trafficking.
The entertainment organization is just an extension of his main work, which is speaking on sex and human trafficking through Jaco Booyens Ministries and Sharetogether. He is a sought-out speaker invited to different countries suffering from this societal issue. He also encourages people to follow Christian Principles.
Jaco Booyeens Sister
Jaco would probably be managing his own entertainment company, focusing on entertaining things. His life changed, when his sister’s, Ionka Deaton, changed. Ionka was an innocent girl passionate about singing and a champion at national music competitions by age 12. Just before her 13th birthday, Ianko was performing all over South Africa and living the life of a promising upcoming star.
One day, her manager, who had become a family friend, gave her a ride. The ride remains one, that Ilonka will never forget. Her manager grabbed her with his strength and raped her. A girl barely 13 years old.
He told her he loved her and threatened to kill her if she said. For 6 years, Ilonka’s manager turned her into a sex slave sold to different people around the music industry. It was until she was 17 that she was rescued from her predator when the police caught him in the act.
Although Ilonka was rescued. Her mind wasn’t. At 19, her family relocated to the United States. Three times she attempted to commit suicide because the feelings of shame and guilt were overwhelming. Her life took a good turn when she attended Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee.
There, she had an encounter with Jesus Christ. Once again in her life, she felt joy as if she was a 10-year-old. Walking through the feeling once again was scary but she had assured hope. And indeed, Christ transformed her life. Now, she is a married woman with children. In Williamson Herald, Ilonka states her sex has been changed, and her view of men renewed. She is now a worship leader at Franklin First United Methodist Church and an author of
- Keeping Secrets: One Woman’s Story from Sexual Slavecretsry to Freedom
- Sacred Freedom: How to Fly Again
- Gain Freedom from Keeping Secrets
What is Jaco Booyens Achievement
Booyens has earned well from his work as a speaker and in the entertainment industry. He was behind the production of We Are Brothers, 8 days, and Pieces.
Jaco’s fight against human trafficking and child abuse has earned him national and international recognition. He has exposed people involved in human trafficking and public figures actively abusing children.
Jaco has called for the arrest of head teachers, pastors, journalists, police officers, and even children who have been caught in child abuse. Boyeens also brings to light the progress of the government and his ministry in bringing the perpetrators to books.
He is passionate about raising awareness of human trafficking and child abuse. Jaco educates people on how to identify human traffickers offline and online. He has been invited in media outlets like Fox News, TedX, NewsMax, to educate people on these matters. Jaco has also actively contributed to the film Sex Nation, which reveals the cases and impact of sexual exploitation.
Jaco Booyens gets his inspiration from his belief in Jesus. Many churches and ministries have supported him in his work. As he preaches safety for children, he reminds people of Jesus. His sentiments have been echoed by preachers like Pastor Vladimir Savchuk.