By: Corinne Shark
February 25, 2016 marked a day of freedom in Thailand for four girls, three of whom were minors, victims of sex-trafficking being sold the night before in the red light districts of Bangkok. Four Exodus Road Delta Team operatives together with 20 local law enforcement agents in association with the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of the Thai Royal Police conducted a simultaneous raid on four hotel rooms where two pimps were arrested for negotiating the sale of minors for sex and delivering underage girls to the hotel for service.
Strategic evidence collection on the part of The Exodus Road investigators combined with the ready response, mobilization and leadership of the Thai ATPD police resulted in an inspiring example of collaboration for the sake of the exploited.
DELTA team had the privilege of witnessing the well-orchestrated mechanics of the plan and especially noticed the care taken by the female officers present in each of the hotel rooms during the raid. “Their officers were efficient and professional, moved quickly to set up the operation, and the female officers showed a lot of care to the girls. We are honored to support their work any way we can,” stated Matt Parker, CEO and Co-Founder of The Exodus Road.
While their pimps were arrested and put in prison, the girls rescued were not charged with a crime. Instead they were treated as victims. This detail, as well as the fast action taken by the Thai police, brings hope to this work of fighting for freedom and inspires our support of local efforts all the more. Join us in celebrating this victory. Thank you for empowering rescue as we write four more names on four more stones.
Please take a moment to read the official press release from the case, which includes the law enforcement leadership who were critical players in this mission: