This past week has been a big one for The Exodus Road. Our founder, Matt Parker, is right now finishing up his second full week on the ground in SE Asia, and his trip has been productive. The following contains a brief reporting of his time in the field:
1. Blogger Visit. He was able to spend four days with a well-known blogger, Jamie Wright, and her husband, Steve. Jamie and Steve had the opportunity to see the problem of trafficking firsthand in red-light districts, met an undercover investigator with DELTA team, and were able to attend networking meetings with field partners, as well. Pictured here is Jamie with an investigator in the field.
2. Indian Investigator to SE Asia. The lead investigator from BRAVO team in India flew to SE Asia, as well, to meet other investigators in the coalition from DELTA team and to participate in several nights of training on both investigative technique and equipment use in the field.
3. The Exodus Road Established Legal Foundation. After several months of paper work and meetings, The Exodus Road is now officially recognized as a foundation in SE Asia.
4. Gifted Internet to Abused Children. While in Thailand, Matt met with the leader of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Center. This nationally-run home with a sustainable farm shelters 8 girls and 33 boys who have been rescued from sexually abusive situations. We are excited about our partnership with this organization and were happy to provide internet for the children to do schoolwork at the shelter. Below is a photo of K. Ja (Far Left), who runs the organization itself, Matt Parker (Center Left), and Jamie and Steve Wright (Center Right, Far Right).
5. Coalition Meetings. While on the ground, Matt met with ten coalition partners or potential partners, and discussed current cases and needs in the investigative community there in SE Asia.
6. Delivered Equipment. Matt delivered $5,500 worth of covert gear to field teams, active in The Exodus Road coalition. This gear is essential in making undercover investigators more effective.
7. DELTA TEAM Participates in Sting Operation. Last week, DELTA team participated in a sting operation in an attempt to arrest a known pimp of underage victims in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the mission failed for unknown reasons. DELTA team is safe, however, and a future operation will hopefully be planned with police.
8. Director’s Wife Encouraged. The lovely folks at Lisa Leonard Designs gifted our field director’s wife with a necklace of her choice, which was personally delivered to her this week in SE Asia, where she and her family live. As is the case with all of Lisa’s jewelry, the art and quality spoke to our field director’s wife when she looked online and chose this one– a small gold cross with a pearl accent. As always, we are encouraged when people in this community offer their unique resources to help empower rescue by supporting those in the field who are knee-deep in it.
Obviously, it was a productive trip, and as always, we are grateful for those of you who are both following along, and empowering, this journey.
Below, you’ll find a brief video update from Matt himself (subscribers may need to click through to the site to view):