About Proximity has joined The Exodus Road Blogging Team. I am so excited about this opportunity. Today, I will introduce you to their organization and courageous work.
- 27 million modern day slaves
- Every 60 seconds, a child is sold for sex worldwide
- Human trafficking is the 3rd largest global industry, behind drugs and guns
The Exodus Road seeks to empower the rescue of victims of sexual slavery. They operate primarily out of Southeast Asia and have rescued 600 victims and prosecuted 350 legal cases.
Sarah’s Story By: Laura Parker
“We met Sarah in a brothel in Cambodia.
There was a line of prostitutes behind a glass wall, a fishbowl they call it. They were sitting on high bar stools, with heavy make-up and short skirts, numbers pinned to their shoulders, displayed for the customers on the other side of the glass.
She was 15 and had been sold by her mother in a neighboring country several days before to work off a debt which her mother owed.
The following day, our investigator returned to visit Sarah in the brothel, just blocks away from a crowded local market. She scribbled a note, “Please Rescue Me,” on a bill and slipped it to him.
After weeks of waiting, Sarah’s door was kicked in. The note she scribbled to the investigator on a piece of currency which said, “Please rescue me,” finally got answered.
And while it did require more time, money, and manpower than first assumed, the team pursued Sarah’s freedom with a tenacity that inspires us every time we read the investigative report. They remind us that there are brave men and women on the front lines who live the belief that child slavery is unacceptable.” – Laura Parker, The Exodus Road
We have an awesome opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who are hurting through this new partnership with The Exodus Road. Our voices can combine with others to speak for justice.
Activist Somaly Mam’s book is a great testament of the hope that can be provided through rescue.
“I strongly believe that love is the answer and that it can mend even the deepest unseen wounds. Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change.”
― Somaly Mam, The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine