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Topic : 06/16 A Daughter in Danger?

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Created on : Thursday, November 08, 2007, 07:38:18 pm
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(Original Air Date: 11/14/07) When Shawn’s daughter, Katherine, was only 16 years old, she made international headlines when she ran away to the Middle East to be with 20-year-old Abdullah, whom she met on MySpace -- a man she never met in person but was convinced she was in love with. The FBI intercepted her in Jordan and escorted her back to the United States. Unbeknownst to her family, Katherine secretly continued a relationship with Abdullah via the phone and the computer for two years. After turning 18, Katherine said goodbye to her family and left to be with Abdullah in the war-torn Gaza Strip. Katherine’s family is terrified that she’s never going to return. They think Abdullah is lying to Katherine and possibly even brainwashing her. They say when she calls, something doesn’t sound right. Is she afraid for her life, but unable to tell them? Is she being held against her will? Dr. Phil talks with Katherine via satellite from Palestine, and has some hard questions for Abdullah about his real intentions with Katherine. Join the discussion.

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November 10, 2007, 6:48 am CST

She's 18

I think this family should give it up. If this girl is dumb enough to fall for this guy and go clear across the sea to get to him... then you can't do a thing about it. It's her life and she will be sorry some day and I would say sooner rather then later. But the family has no RIGHT to force her to do anything.  Say good bye and wish her luck.  She did it once and she will continue to do it.  All the family will do is throw good money and heart after bad, trying to get her back.  She is being bullheaded and maybe a little sick but she's of age.

 

PS  If she ever comes back to the US, I'd say watch her because she might be brain washed. 

 
November 10, 2007, 10:43 am CST

Doctor Phil Show

A Danger Daughter In Phil. How do you like it when your son get in trouble in the East Middle? I would not--

like it if my Nice get in to trouble. See you on Wednesday November 14th, 2007.  Sincerlley Your. Russell---

Vlaanderen.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
November 10, 2007, 3:09 pm CST

Runaway Daughter overseas

  I feel sorry for the parents who for the last two years tried to get their underage daughter to understand why it was not good to be married from a man from a different culture. But at 18 she is now a adult and I would say, Good Luck and happiness.  At that age she does not really understand the big cultural differences and living with a man she does not really know.   Some day she might be sorry but she might be stuck in a country she can't come back from.   Young love saying but I Love him is not enough.

   Maturity and sharing life together when you are ready to be married is certainly not for any 18 year old.

    I waited until 30 to get married. I loved my 20's. I would not trade all the vacations and expereinces for anything. Plus I grew up and learned to take care of myself. I am now married 15 years and Love my husband, and am a better mother than I would have been at 19 or 20.

 
November 10, 2007, 4:55 pm CST

wake up

Hi    no i think Katherine family should  protect her and  get her away from him .  Dr phil i have been down that road  where i met a guy on internett for 2 yrs  and that is very dangerous road  . my family has told me  to stay away from  this guy i met on internett but i  thought i was smart one and they didsn't know what they were talking about . the relationship went on for 2 yrs  . we were calling each other on phone and then  just like that he wanted money  . i was sending money un noticed to my family  to him . this guy also lived in middle east and dr phil  i was brainwashed by him . he was my god  until i woke up and seen the light   my family was  very worried about me going there and  never to return  soo  katherine i give you my advice   stay away from him and  listen to your family they are right   .  rehanna
 
November 10, 2007, 6:10 pm CST

where are the parents?

when this girl was brought back why didn't her parents pay attention to her and what she was doing? why does it matter where the guy is from regardless it is wrong? i am from palestine originally but born in the us and i am from a very safe community. there are dangerous areas and safe ones just like any country in the world. it seems like it is so bad because he is palestinian and muslim. the parents need to focus on their daughter and opening the lines of communication. by the preview it seems like he is palestinian and muslim so he must be brainwashing her wish islam. but i am muslim and we do fall in love just like others. internet relationships are made everyday. obviously she saw something in him to go and see him. and if it doesn't work out she can just call the embassy and they'll pick her up and ship her back. what is he going to do to her? he  can't even get into this country without a visa and they don't give those out to young men anyway. so as a palestinian-american i wish they would focus on why she felt she had to be so secretive maybe its because her parents would have not accepted her relationship with a muslim man from palestine.
 
November 10, 2007, 8:18 pm CST

Love Is Your Children First

I am very frustrated at the MESSAGE that BULLROAR wrote. I suppose that person doesn't have children of their own. As farr as I am concerned you go to the ends of the earth for your children. You raise your children you be there to help them out till the day you die . You follow your children to the ends of the earth to help them out . And as for her comming back why not she was born in your country and and it is a parents unconditional love and right to do any thing to make sure their child is in safe hands . I wish them all the luck and love and hope they get her home.
 
November 10, 2007, 8:51 pm CST

yea right

there  is absolutely no one you can not live your life with out 
 
November 10, 2007, 10:50 pm CST

Palestine?

 First of all: There is no official country named Palestine. It is either Israel or Gaza strip and Westbank.

Second of all, unfortunately lots of girls from abroad got hooked up with Arabs/Moslims. Here in Israel there are lots of Dutch, Danish, Russian girls who got married with moslims and live here in villages or in the Gaza strip or the Westbank.

It is like my dad used to tell me:
You have to respect every culture, you cannot get married to every culture!

Unfortunately most of these girls can't get out once they are in....... or they'll loose their kids!
Some girls are really happy with the situation.
 
November 11, 2007, 8:18 am CST

I think that this week of all weeks...

with the news item about the girl who married a man 30 years older than her when a teen and is now missing and assumed dead people might think twice about accusing Moslems of brainwashing sweet young things into deadly situations!!!

 

That being said, if she is chosing to live in Gaza with him as opposed to the West Bank, she is either 1) outrageously and stupidly in love or 2) a brave political activist for the Islamic Palestinian (as opposed to the secular Palestinian) cause.

 

My vote, I'm afraid is with No.1.

 

Marian Paroo

Tel Aviv, Israel

 
November 11, 2007, 11:08 am CST

daughter in danger

Quote From: bullroar

I think this family should give it up. If this girl is dumb enough to fall for this guy and go clear across the sea to get to him... then you can't do a thing about it. It's her life and she will be sorry some day and I would say sooner rather then later. But the family has no RIGHT to force her to do anything.  Say good bye and wish her luck.  She did it once and she will continue to do it.  All the family will do is throw good money and heart after bad, trying to get her back.  She is being bullheaded and maybe a little sick but she's of age.

 

PS  If she ever comes back to the US, I'd say watch her because she might be brain washed. 

you never give up...this girl is delusional and somehow he has said the ''magic words''. some people just have power and know how to use it. she will regret this forever. if she hasn't married him yet, he has no respect for her, as no muslim man would. if she has married him , she is basically trapped and when she has children and decides this life is wrong, she will never get them out of there and if she DOES, she will have to hide for the rest of her life. i lived in france years ago and many french women married muslims and when the man decided to go back to his country, he took their kids and it took years of legal work to get even visitation rights. HA. it is a nightmare.
 
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