human trafficking, exodus road, slavery

“You may choose to look the other way, but you may never again choose to say you didn’t know.”  —William Wilberforce

Confession: I used to tell my husband if I wasn’t married and a mother, I’d be a spy. Maybe it was the draw of glittery dresses, fast cars, or one too many, late night viewings of The Borne Identity, but top-secret adventure seemed alluring. However, you know how accurately Hollywood depicts life, right? Envision me shaking my fist at the sky over the loss of sassy, red dresses and romantic far away places.

The truth is undercover work is a dirty, gritty, and lonely job. I know this because I gobble up accounts put out by The Exodus Road, an organization developed to empower those trapped in sexual slavery.

It’s through the Exodus Road I hear stories like Sarah’s.

It’s also through the Exodus Road that I learn statistics which make me suck in my breath for a few moments.

 -There are 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 investigators engage in covert operations in order to save girls from sexual slavery. In short, they pair action with conviction.

So, what can you do to assist those working for The Exodus Road?

Encourage them with your words.

From now until January 5th, The Exodus Road is collecting letters of support for the investigators who work tirelessly at a virtually thankless job. These investigators are the people who collect evidence in extremely dark places and who experience consistent discouragement and dispare.

Should you want to thank an investigator mail your letter to the following address:

The Exodus Road PO Box 7591 Woodland Park, Colorado 80863

Or use this snazzy online form to submit a quick note of thanks.

Should you just want to learn more about a network of surveillance teams and individuals committed to fight human trafficking, check out The Exodus Road on Facebook or Twitter.

Thanks for reading, you world changers, you. I love your hearts, your ideas, and your refusal to turn the other direction.

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Amy L. Sullivan
SERVE Editor Word lover. Book devourer. Music addict. Amy is a Northern girl who found herself living in the South. She drinks sweet tea, turns her nose up at okra, and attempts to tell her daughters "yella" isn't a color.
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