Heroes. They’re not somebody with superpowers and spandex suits. They’re not fighting aliens using crazy sci-fi weapons. They’re not even essencers manipulating the fabric of existence to fight off villainous forces.
At least, the heroes of this series of blog posts aren’t. These are real people faced with incredible odds who made a decision to sacrifice something of great value to achieve something of great worth. They’re people to emulate. To congratulate. To ponder over. Further, they’re just as human as the rest of us…but they stood out. They did something extraordinary. They became heroes.
“Would you send your husband into brothels?” The question stands out on the back of Laura Parker’s new book, The Exodus Road: A Wife’s Journey into Sex Trafficking and Rescue. It’s a chilling question. One that demands an answer–why on earth would any wife want to?
The answer is given in descriptive, emotionally heart wrenching detail as Laura along with her husband Matt describe their journey to Malaysia and how they became aware of the insidious underground. Trafficking of children under 18 years old is common-place there, and is a growing, multibillion dollar a year industry worldwide.
Having left the comfort of American church culture behind, Matt, Laura, and their three kids went to Malaysia, but soon after learning more of this issue, they discovered there were few people actively doing anything to counteract forced sex trafficking. Why on earth would any wife send their husband into brothels? With MacGyver-esque surveillance equipment, they sought out to gather evidence–money changing hands–of human traffickers and “johns”. This evidence could be brought to authorities to prosecute, raid, and shut down these brothels, rescuing girls and boys in the process.
Why them? Why some former pastor and a stay-at-home mom? Consider the danger involved with such an industry, the fact that your kids are only blocks away from perpetrators, it seems like something insane? No wonder they were, at first, the only ones doing it. There was no one else, and to their testament hundreds of children have been freed, perpetrators tried and convicted, and an entire network called the Exodus Road sprung up because of the their courage.
I could go into more detail…but I want you to head over to Amazon and buy their book. Experience the story of heroes for yourself. Below, I’ve included by review, posted on Amazon, search for The Exodus Road Laura Parker.
After reading it, I thought it only fitting that they should be the first heroes I blog about in this ongoing series. I’ll let their book do the rest of the talking. Follow them on their website: https://www.theexodusroad.com/
“The Exodus Road is a fascinating, thrilling, and enlightening journey of a wife and husband’s desire to bring justice and freedom to girls 18 years or younger forced into sex trafficking. The stories are gripping and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter or perfectly chosen, often serving as transitions between time periods or as adding depth or clarity to the issues.
Reading about the sheer courage and bravery of Matt–and his colleagues–journeys into brothels, the clever MacGyver-esque methods, the interviews, and what they saw–all from Laura’s perspective as she watches the videos and receives text updates are emotionally heart wrenching. Laura captures each of their psychological and emotional struggles very well, she makes the reader feel apart of their own journey. Describing the Asian cultures helps add further detail to the stories. What’s more, in the end, I found myself having journeyed with an incredible family who were willing to sacrifice so much, to become heroes in their own sense, and at the same time preserved and deepened their marriage.
Now, how often will you read something like that? And this is a true story, a gripping account of a dark underside of our world and the heroes brave enough to take a stand. Wow. Already sharing it with others.”