Happy July 4th! As America celebrates yet another birthday, we recall the freedoms that we take for granted in this “one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Our hearts long to see others–whether nations or individuals–enjoy those freedoms, too.
Blogging with The Exodus Road for the last six months has been an eye-opener to the horrors of sexual slavery for women and underage children. I’m in awe of the determination, courage, and tenacity of all those at the forefront of this cause, and they give me tremendous hope.
Freeing a staggering 27 million people from the clutches of human trafficking seems like Mission Impossible! The truth is that their liberty depends upon those of us who are earnest about securing it and bringing to justice the criminals who have forced them into a depraved life.
If you’ve thrown up your hands in despair as to what you can personally do to end slavery, I’m happy to share with you Search and Rescue, a new initiative by The Exodus Road through which you can personally fuel the rescue of slaves by joining a real-life covert investigative team.
When you join a team, you will be “hiring” an investigator to go look for enslaved children on your behalf in some of the darkest corners of the globe. The investigator will then take the information he gleans to local police partners in order to develop cases and raids.
It takes about $35 per night for an investigator with The Exodus Road to engage in local surveillance. Because investigative teams are already on the ground and since most of the teams comprise volunteers, the funding of investigations is relatively cost-effective.
Four teams with code names Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta have been set up. When you choose a team to sponsor for $35 per month, you’ll have access to their field intelligence, although some details may be changed for the sake of safety. You’ll get live updates about the ways your team performs investigations, raids, and rescue. You’ll also receive newsletters, incentives, and ideas on how to connect with and support your team on a more personal level.
I love how Matt Parker, founder of the Exodus Road, describes the call to free people from sexual slavery: “Justice is in the hands of the ordinary, and the world needs ordinary people to bring it.” What better time than today, as we celebrate our freedom in the USA, to join this movement to free so many others worldwide!
Hire an Investigator. Recover a Slave.