Human/sex trafficking has been an ongoing problem in this world. However, it’s a problem with a solution. JLL’s Managing Director Bill Honsaker and his wife, Jeanne, are helping to stop human trafficking with an organization called The Exodus Road. Jeanne is the Global Vice President of Advancement.
The Exodus Road focuses on global counter human trafficking, sex and labor. They gather evidence, utilize technology, support nationals and work closely with law enforcement to facilitate rescue missions. The organization has focused its work primarily in Southeast Asia (Thailand and India) but expanded into North and South America in 2017 and plans to expand into the Middle East and beyond in 2018. Included in their US expansion is a cyber operations center at their headquarters office in Colorado Springs, and the opening of offices in Chandler, Arizona and Dallas and Houston, Texas.
Overall, the organization has supported 852 rescued survivors and have 63 active operatives in 6 countries working to collect information about trafficking. The undercover operatives, several of which have military or law enforcement backgrounds, are highly trained and operate globally. Through all of the donations and volunteers, The Exodus Road has supported 326 arrests of human traffickers and johns, and it’s a number that will continue to grow.
On September 21, 2017, The Exodus Road hosted its first annual gala fundraiser dinner in Gilbert, Arizona. The event was held at The Falls Event Center and included cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and the collection of donations. The Exodus Road CEO, Matt Parker, spoke to the over 150 supporters that attended the gala, including several from JLL. Mayor of Gilbert Jenn Daniels created a video for the event since she couldn’t attend. Rising country singer Laura Walsh performed a song she wrote about human trafficking called Flower. “I was a flower, in a beautiful parade, but you threw me aside like a week old bouquet, because you tasted power from the very first day, now this little flower will never be the same,” she sang. The event raised over $50,000 to fuel rescue in North and South America.
The Exodus Road also hosts an exposure trip to Southeast Asia, called the Storytelling Trip. These “storytellers” witness the realities of human trafficking first hand. Although they see the horrors of human trafficking, they also get the chance to see how The Exodus Road is helping to fight this injustice by meeting undercover investigators, interviewing national police, touring red light districts and seeing real case files of sex slavery. Quite the story you’d have to share when you get back.
There are several ways to help and support the fight against human trafficking. Click here to learn more about The Exodus Road and help join the fight!