- Posted January 15, 2014 by
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Volunteers Trained to Investigate Sex Trafficking
The Exodus Road, a global counter- human trafficking organization with a home office in Colorado, hosted a volunteer investigator training event last weekend, January 10-11. The two day training, led by an undercover investigator operating primarily in Southeast Asia and Matt Parker, Founder and CEO of The Exodus Road and deputized investigator himself, covered basic surveillance techniques, the mission of The Exodus Road, and identification of trafficked victims in Southeast Asia. Over the course of two days an eight person team which included two pastors, a police trainer and lawyer, a member of the military, and a couple from Colorado Springs, were equipped with the skills required to provide surveillance support for The Exodus Road Southeast Asia team as they work to gather the evidence necessary for local police action against traffickers and pimps.
The Exodus Road, a network and coalition of surveillance teams and individuals, aims to capitalize on existing skills of volunteers committed to rescuing men, women, and children from commercial exploitation.
The trainer for the weekend, a former member of the American Special Forces, told the trainees, “The top four things we are looking for are humor, humility, maturity, and being here for the right reasons.” It is with this understanding that people of all walks of life and levels of experience have a role to play in the fight for justice.
The eight volunteers who participated in the weekend event underwent a four-part interview process which took place over the last three months and included an FBI background check, extensive written and phone interviews, and culminated in the training event.
The volunteers will be used in support roles for the full-time investigators in the field and will participate in such activities as: documenting and identifying known pedophiles, identifying underage sex workers, and gathering basic surveillance evidence. All activities will be in cooperation and in support of local police efforts. They will travel, paying their own expenses, to Southeast Asia later this year for one month to assist in the implementation of ongoing Exodus Road surveillance initiatives.
“Our desire is to build an Exodus Army of people committed and equipped to fighting for these victims that have no other hope,” Matt Parker said of the weekend’s purpose, “and this is a step to empowering people to do just that.
It’s inspirational to see people like this so committed to the girl behind the brothel door.”
The Exodus Road also empowers investigations into sex trafficking in India and the United States (by later this Spring).
The Exodus Road Website: http://www.theExodusRoad.com