The one where Arjan was kidnapped and held prisoner by Islamic Rebels for almost two years


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For 15 years, through speaking, workshops, and coaching Arjan inspired thousands of people with his message about freedom and taking ownership of your own life.

Next to that Arjan is also a Co-Founder of Free a Girl. A foundation that is dedicated to freeing young girls from forced prostitution. Since 2008 they have freed and given a second chance to more than 4,750 girls globally.

Because of his ordeal, it became Arjan's mission to assist people in their quest for freedom, to live in a world without fear, surrounded by protection.

When Arjan heard about the problem of child prostitution in 2007 it touched him deeply. I recognized the injustice, the despair, and misery the young girls had to live through, partly from his own experience. It became one of his missions to fight for their freedom.

We talk about how he was kidnapped. The feelings of guilt that his fiance felt as he was kidnapped in front of her house. How he had guns held to his head in the car and forced to answer questions on the way to his new prison, a hole in the ground that was barely tall enough for him to stand.

Arjan shares about some of the low points in his almost two-year imprisonment from bare-knuckle fighting a guard, finding a gun that was left behind in the shower one day, a standoff with a captor about not removing his mask.

Finally, Arjan was rescued, he became a media sensation, he was reunited with his family, his fiance and now they are married with three kids. Almost 17 years after his kidnapping he is running an organization called Free a Girl where he continues to fight for freedom and second chances for those who are kidnapped and placed into sex trafficking.

Free a Girl was founded in 2008, based on the vision that every child has the right to grow up in a safe environment. All children around the world must be protected against every form of commercial sexual exploitation.

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