Search and Rescue

The Exodus Road Search and Rescue Initiative

People often ask us, “So how do I help? What do I do now?”

We typically answer simply, “Rescue a child with us.”

And then we tell them about our Search and Rescue Program.

You may not be able to physically go and rescue children trapped in brothels, but you can send investigators to break down doors on your behalf. You can hire a mercenary of hope to look for victims of sexual slavery, to gather tips for police partners, and to begin collecting key evidence for rescue.

By joining the Search and Rescue program, you will actually be joining a real-life investigative team in the field. You become the Basecamp that sends trained investigators to the front lines.

Search and Rescue - How it works

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Here’s how it works:

1. Look through the field team descriptions below, and choose the team you’d like to empower and join. Each team has been given an internal code name but represents an actual field team, loosely organized geographically.  (If you don’t have a preference, we can choose a team for you.)

2. By joining the team, you’ll be committing to a $35/month donation. $35 is what we’ve found the average night of local investigations costs our men in the field. A portion of your monthly gift goes to other field-related expenses which keep investigators active. (See our FAQ page for more explanations.)

3. Sign up for the program by following this link: DONATE. Be sure to mark your $35 gift recurring monthly in the “payment frequency” box and select both the team you’d like to join and how you heard about us from the drop down menu. 

4. Welcome to the Search and Rescue Team! You’ll be getting a welcome packet in the mail from us with information about your team, a bumper sticker with “Rescue is Coming,” and some other small gifts and information from The Exodus Road. You’ll also receive regular updates from your field team about their efforts and will be given specific ways to connect with them via letters or special projects. (Be kind. We’re in development, and your welcome packet make take a few weeks to actually reach your doorstep.)

Most importantly, you’ll know that while you may not be able to physically go yourself into a brothel on behalf of a victim of sexual slavery, you’ll be sending a trained investigator who can. And will. 

The Search and Rescue Teams

Search and Rescue Team Badge - Alpha Team Yellow

ALPHA TEAM: Investigative/Rescue Work in NORTHERN & CENTRAL THAILAND. Led by our Thai Operations Manager working from our head office in Northern Thailand, this team will be predominately led by nationals. ALPHA will serve a local task force around certain cases of trafficking in the area and maintain close relationships with local law enforcement. In addition, ALPHA will begin a new intelligence gathering project centered on labor trafficking in 2015. While ALPHA team is now composed of Exodus Road staff, on occasion we do divert funding to support certain high-level cases with a partnering organization in central Thailand.

Search and Rescue Team Badge Bravo Team

BRAVO Team: Investigative/Rescue Work in INDIA. BRAVO will be comprised of partnering organizations who work with police and whose work The Exodus Road will support with finances, training, consultation, and equipment, if needed. Currently, BRAVO team has experienced the greatest number of individuals rescued from sex trafficking which our S&R Team has supported. In addition to fueling partners who work in investigative and rescue work , we will also be deploying support services from our own teams to support the front line work in India– a country where sex slavery, including a high number of virgin sales, is rampant.

Search and Rescue Badge - Charlie Team

CHARLIE Team: Data Collection Volunteers in the UNITED STATES. Recognizing that an estimated 14,500 new trafficking victims come into the United States every year, CHARLIE Team will be developing efforts to roll out local level one (basic) surveillance missions. We’re calling this program, TraffickWatch. Launching in March 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, CHARLIE Team will utilize government and police partnerships to gather tips of possible trafficking scenarios to pass to local authorities. Volunteers will be vetted, trained, and then supported as they participate in actively searching for trafficked, exploited, or missing children in their own communities.

Search and Rescue Team Badge - Delta Team

DELTA Team: Investigative/Rescue Work in SOUTHERN SE ASIA.  DELTA operates in a region famous for it’s rampant sex industry. DELTA team currently is comprised of police partners, a nationally-led NGO, and trained deployed volunteers who will be serving on a rotation basis. It will be led by an Exodus Road Operations Manager on the ground, working from one of our legally-recognized offices. We are in the process of hiring and training nationals to gather evidence for effective rescue operations and arrests. This group will focus on helping the local SE Asian government with active cases involving Western pedophiles and minors or trafficked victims, primarily sex slavery.

Search and Rescue Initiative

Join the Rescue Team

It takes an average of $35 dollars a night to send an investigator into a brothel, looking for children and victims of slavery. Funding the search enables the rescue. Become a valuable part of a real Search and Rescue team today. Please see our Search and Rescue FAQ page for disclaimers and more details on giving.

Are you in?

Joining is easy. Choose your team and complete the donation form here. Remember to mark on the online form.

  • That your gift is recurring for $35/monthly in the “payment frequency” box.
  • “Search and Rescue- {Your Team Name}” in the comment form. (If you don’t have a preference, leave it blank, and we’ll choose a team for you.)


More questions? Visit our Search and Rescue FAQ page.

 ”Justice is in the hands of the ordinary,

and the world needs ordinary people to bring it.”

- Matt Parker, Founder, The Exodus Road  


* All funding in the Search and Rescue program is designated as operational funding for field teams. While we attempt to honor donor designation, The Exodus Road reserves the right to place funding to the team that is most in need. A portion of all donations to the program also helps cover contract salaries for investigators.