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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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July 23, 2008, 6:43 pm CDT

Wondering...

Hi! I watched the episode the other day and I was wondering if Katherine is back home like she told Dr.Phil she was going to do 3 days later or she never came back?!
 
May 21, 2009, 9:49 pm CDT

Advice Request

I realize may be a little off subject, but please advise.

My daughter has become seriously interested in a young Greek man, met through the Internet.  He wants to meet her in person this summer.  He lives in Greece.  We are in California.

I am so concerned about the culture differences, and just about everything in general.  My husband and I don't really know anything about this person.  And neither does our daughter.

We want our daughter to become interested in people her own age, right in the USA.

She is 19, lives at home, we are paying for her college education.  She has lived a somewhat sheltered life, but we try to encourage her to establish friendships here in "real time"

My husband and I are so concerned about him coming here to meet her.  I've been told by friends who traveled to Greece, that Greek men treat their women much different in their culture.

Please help me to think this out and do the right thing. 

I saw this particular Dr. Phil show.  I thought it was alarming.  We love our precious daughter.

I would also like to add, that our relationship with her is very good.  She is beautiful and bright.  But now I can't help but to think that I've allowed her too much social time on the computer, face book, when she was younger.

What can I say to her to help her think more on this?  I would like to just tell her that he shouldn't come here.  But I want to respect her wishes as a young lady.  But I think she may be naive to choose him over a real life relationship. 

I think my husband and I may also be naive about how to handle this in a correct manner without alienating our daughter.


His story is that he is a student and attends a university in Greece.  I don't have a clue as to how to check up on this.

My husband and thought it might be worthwhile to pay a fee for some sort of people search through google on him.

Although I know of several Internet meetings that have ended in a successful marriage, none of them are from two different countries.

This is all just creepy and scarey to me.

We don't want to have someone here who may be a danger to our daughter. 

I realize I'm rambling.  Please help me.
 
August 9, 2009, 8:59 am CDT

06/16 A Daughter in Danger?

Quote From: jazzyb5394

I am reading alot of stuff about if you marry a muslim your child and you belong to the islamic relgion. Actually it's not true 0_o AHAHAHHAHA if you marry a muslim you don't have to become a muslim but you have to be a woman of the book , a Jew or Christian. You can keep your religion you child doesn't have to be Muslim but it would be better if they were. Also, women in the Islamic religion had more freedom when it was created then Christian women during the time they can divorce and they can take the child. It says in the Quran that the mother should have the childern because she is the best to raise them. Also, in the Quran it says that women are equal to men but women and men are different and have different duties in soceity, and I'm sorry if you have had problems with anyone from that faith but they were either extrememist or not real good true muslim. INfact :) I am in the same sitiuation as this story I love a guy who lives in Egypt and who I met on the internet and their are no problems and no brainwashing just pure love and one day we will be married so suck on that ;)!!!
yeah girl that's right . thnx for what u said coz am a muslim and people out there in america think that islam is bad muslims are bad just like abduallah who is taking adventage  of her ...
any way i just wanted to thank u and i wish that all of them are thinking like you not just  saying ow abdullah is baaaaaad muslims are baaaaaaad he is not a muslim if he was he wouldnt be living with her without getting maried ... i hope that u mary that guy and live happyly ever after :D  kiss for u
 
August 9, 2009, 10:02 am CDT

06/16 A Daughter in Danger?

Quote From: craftychickv

I realize may be a little off subject, but please advise.

My daughter has become seriously interested in a young Greek man, met through the Internet.  He wants to meet her in person this summer.  He lives in Greece.  We are in California.

I am so concerned about the culture differences, and just about everything in general.  My husband and I don't really know anything about this person.  And neither does our daughter.

We want our daughter to become interested in people her own age, right in the USA.

She is 19, lives at home, we are paying for her college education.  She has lived a somewhat sheltered life, but we try to encourage her to establish friendships here in "real time"

My husband and I are so concerned about him coming here to meet her.  I've been told by friends who traveled to Greece, that Greek men treat their women much different in their culture.

Please help me to think this out and do the right thing. 

I saw this particular Dr. Phil show.  I thought it was alarming.  We love our precious daughter.

I would also like to add, that our relationship with her is very good.  She is beautiful and bright.  But now I can't help but to think that I've allowed her too much social time on the computer, face book, when she was younger.

What can I say to her to help her think more on this?  I would like to just tell her that he shouldn't come here.  But I want to respect her wishes as a young lady.  But I think she may be naive to choose him over a real life relationship. 

I think my husband and I may also be naive about how to handle this in a correct manner without alienating our daughter.


His story is that he is a student and attends a university in Greece.  I don't have a clue as to how to check up on this.

My husband and thought it might be worthwhile to pay a fee for some sort of people search through google on him.

Although I know of several Internet meetings that have ended in a successful marriage, none of them are from two different countries.

This is all just creepy and scarey to me.

We don't want to have someone here who may be a danger to our daughter. 

I realize I'm rambling.  Please help me.
hey ! i just wanted to tell you what i feell about this or what i think i know i know am just 16 ...
how ever i think that if your daughter realyy likes him or mybe loves him and wants to meet him , you should say okey about him comming and trust her let her know that and why not invite him over for a dinner to learn about him and talk and talk and talk some more  . plus ! so what if he is greek ? u know that good and bad people are every where you cant JUG  a person from his faith or nationality , and it's a lot better when he is comming not you daughter is the one whose going there  to meet hem . so have a conversation with him break a bread and make him feel welcomed and if you see that something wasnt okey or you feel that he is not agood person then tell you daughter and am sure she will understand well ;) . good luck
 
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