I hopped on a plane and flew to SE Asia with Heather, Jamie, and Kristen, to help the Exodus Road fight human trafficking and sex slavery. Matt Parker, the Exodus Road’s CEO, invited us out – no strings attached. We weren’t paid, we weren’t asked to write, but we were invited to come see the work they’re doing. We went, we saw, and we fell hard for the Exodus Road team and all of the good work they do. You guys have been so kind, following along and offering your support, and the repeated question has been how do we help?
A core group of incredible investigators make up The Exodus Road’s Delta Team. We’ll be sharing more about them in upcoming posts. They go undercover into brothels, ask questions, do video surveillance, gather evidence, and work with the government to launch raids and prosecutions. [Read here for a great play-by-play.] Buying a girl from a brothel and not returning her isn’t enough. In fact, it’s damaging. Traffickers will replace her with another girl. The prosecution aspect is so important and one often overlooked by NGOs. One pro? This city is cheap and it costs about $35 to do one night of local investigation. The Exodus Road is new, with a small budget, but they’re already making big steps in the goal to eradicate trafficking and exploitation. They also partner with organizations (after some serious vetting) that do invaluable work in prevention and aftercare, and my time spent with them firmed up my beliefs that their work is work I can 100% get behind and support.
I’m asking that 50 of you join me.
Once you sign up to be a Delta Team Search + Rescue supporter, The Exodus Road will send you a welcome packet. You’ll be added to a Facebook group where Exodus Road staff, investigators, and supporters just like you – along with Jamie, Kristen, Heather, and I – will share wins and updates and further ways to make a difference. It’s a cool little community with a lot of heart.
To join the team, click here (or click here if you prefer Paypal), then 1) click Search + Rescue, 2) select Delta Team, 3) select Roo Ciambriello in the drop down box, and in the comment box on that same form, type in the email address you use to login to Facebook, and we’ll get you added to the group. (There might not be a comment form on Paypal; feel free to just shoot me an email or throw your email address in the comments section on this post and I’ll handle it.) The Delta Team does incredible work (more on that to come), and I’m excited and honored to partner with them.. and I’m pumped to have you join us.
I’ve reached my personal goal of 50 Delta Team supporters and $2400 for computers. :::You can still help!::: You can still join Delta Team and/or make a one-time donation.
Additionally, if you’re interested in doing a one-time donation, I’d love to raise $2400 for a couple of computers that the Exodus Road needs. I was surprised at how much computer work is involved. They spend long hours going through surveillance footage, compiling evidence, writing reports, and then translating it to the local language. No minimum or maximum to donating. :)
To support the Delta Team monthly, you can click here, select search + rescue, select Delta Team, and click Roo Ciambriello in the drop down box. To make a one time donation, do the exact same thing, but just select “one time” in the donation frequency box. To do all of that via Paypal, you can click here to join the Delta Team, or click here for a one time donation (please just type “Roo” in the comments section).
Our hope is that the stories we write will inspire you to action. I’m inviting Laura Parker, VP of Comm, to respond to any questions about logistics or their organization that you may have in the comments section below. I’ll keep updating the above graphic as more people pledge to partner, and I’ll also be updating this post with links as the four of us continue to write and share.
posts I’ve written
posts they’ve written
Meet the Exodus Road
A Million Ways to Say It Wrong
3 Tangible Ways to Stop Sex Trafficking in the US
The Difference Between Sex Trafficking and Sex Tourism
But What About Trafficking in the United States?
Oh No, Dooce Found Jesus
What I Learned About Sex Trafficking From an Evening With Two Prostitutes
Some Initial Thoughts From a Travel-Addled Brain
It seems too big. It seems hopeless. But it’s not. We can make a real, tangible difference. We can rescue a child. We can rescue many children. We can stop modern slavery. When I think about all of the injustices of years past, I wonder if – had I lived in those times – would I would have worked to make a difference? I like to think that I would have fought slavery in the 1860s or genocide in the 1940s. I like to think that I would have done my part. I like to think that I would have been one of the good guys. But I’m alive in 2014 and my time is now, so I’ll do what I can where I can, and hope that many are inspired to do the same. Thanks for allowing me to share them.