The Exodus Road was begun through the journey and work of co-founders Matt and Laura Parker. Moving to SE Asia with their family in April 2010, Matt and Laura initially directed a children’s home for hill-tribe girls in rural Northern Thailand. During that time, Matt and Laura were exposed to marginalized people groups – targets for human trafficking. Eventually, Matt began networking with NGOs and local police to learn about the problem at the ground level. After a period of research, he was deputized by police and started working personally to find those trapped in slavery. Armed with hidden body worn cameras, he posed as a “john,” a man interested in sex for sale, and gathered evidence for police partners.
Over time, they began to see how few organizations were actively looking for those currently trapped in slavery and how even fewer were working with local police. They also realized that nationals were the key to long-term change and that facilitating rescues and arrests within legal systems was a critical strategy for impacting the issue.
After investigating hundreds of bars and brothels throughout SE Asia, he and Laura began The Exodus Road in January of 2012 on the belief that justice is in the hands of ordinary people.
Matt and Laura have since been joined by a group of committed staff and volunteers active in multiple countries around the world. Matt serves as the CEO of the organization and continues in undercover work, field training of teams, covert gear development, and public speaking. Laura is the Chief Communications Officer, and leads strategy for the organization. After living overseas for seven years, their homebase is now Colorado Springs, CO.
The Parkers are honored to help empower such courageous and persevering work on behalf of freedom.
The inspiring, award-winning story of how The Exodus Road began. A husband, a wife, and the gritty journey into undercover work.