This Isn’t Charity. This is War.

I’m not fundraising for The Exodus Road to make myself feel good at Christmas. Nope. I’m doing it to kick some #!* that desperately needs kicking and I am asking you to put your boots on and help me.

One awesome thing about being American, or Canadian, or Japanese, or Australian or European is, our nations use globally traded currencies, which are considered reliable stores of value (um, usually.) It is called hard currency.

Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos

Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos

Due to fiscal or political instability, many nations in Southeast Asia use currencies, which fluctuate too much to be a reliable store of value. They are called soft currencies. This is one reason two of us could eat a three-course meal in Vientiane, Laos and pay an average of $12.

Hard currency is coveted in nations with soft ones, so when you spend dollars or euros in SE Asia, for whatever reason, it is like dropping Navy Seal Team Six into a neighborhood bar fight.

Powerful things happen.

This is part of the reason pimps in Southeast Asia court Western sickos flush with hard currency. Selling woman and children in dollars or euro makes a local pimp wealthy exponentially faster than his neighbors who sell chicken in the market for Lao Kip.

For the same reason, organizations like The Exodus Road, on the ground in SE Asia, are courting you too. They can, among other things, take your US dollars and convert them into a breathtaking number of Rupees or Kip or Riel to pay local people a living wage to join the fight against human trafficking. Between borders

You are so powerful. Do you get that?

Don’t donate to my Exodus Road fund today because you are a nice person and it’s Christmas. Don’t do it because you need the write-off.

Do it because you are mad about this graphic. Do it because you want to put the hurt on these dirtbags who make a living through unconscionable crimes against women and children.

Don’t wait. Drop a hard currency bomb right now.

This is war.

The Exodus Road is a coalition of covert investigators and organizations working together to fight human trafficking through interventions. We gather legal evidence, support raids and prosecutions and support aftercare facilities in our networks.

Meet World Changer Ali Enright.

Ali Enright is featured today because she was THE VERY FIRST person to donate to my brand-new Exodus Road fund.

In fact, I think my post about counter-trafficking had been up for two minutes when she donated.

By all accounts this is a girl to watch (not in that way single boys, she’s taken). This one could be President of the United States or the next Christiane Amanpour or Madam Secretary.

As you can see, she cares deeply about irrigation, but she is also concerned enough about enslaved women and children that she’s willing to dig some cash out of her college-student hoodie pocket and send it to SE Asia.

Here’s what Ali and I, and now Jennifer too, are doing with Exodus Road:

We are raising $1400 to fund undercover surveillance and ultimately one raid on a brothel in SE Asia that imprisons sex slaves – many of whom are children.

Exodus Road and its teams have rescued 622 people to date and forced 348 prosecutions. Their work focuses on investigation and rescue but they support after care and prevention work as well.

Are you a college student like Ali? Are you an Enright like Ali and me? Want to quit being overwhelmed by the fact sexual slavery is the world’s third largest organized crime after drugs and guns?

To join us, click here. It’s easy peas.Online fundraising for Erin Kirk fundraising for The Exodus Road

How You Can Fight Sex Traffickers – Right Now.

Did you know the average cost of a human slave in 1809 (adjusted for current inflation) was $40,000? Today, it’s $90.

There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world now, more than at any other time in human history, and every sixty seconds a child is sold for sex worldwide. I know this is freaking you out. But if you’re like me, you’re stymied by how to respond effectively.

Good News! I have a way.

Today I partnered with The Exodus Road, a Christian non-profit doing counter trafficking work in SE Asia. Last week they put out a call to bloggers to not only help them raise money in a tech-savvy way, but to keep this boiling injustice front and center, where it belongs.

Here’s why I like Exodus Road:

They believe there are three main tasks at hand. Prevention. Prosecution and Restoration. Fewer people were tackling prosecution of human traffickers, so they dug in there. They partner with teams of investigators and local law enforcement to conduct under-cover surveillance and raids on brothels, bars and theaters where children, sometimes as young as seven, are sold for sex.

“By decreasing the profitability of the trafficking industry for the criminal, we will eventually slow the mechanisms that make the exploitation of women and children so lucrative.” -Exodus Road.

Here’s The Plan:

Equipping their investigators for one raid, with cameras, GPS etc. costs Exodus Road $1400. I’m thinking three raids or more!

So, until Christmas, (22 days from now) I am going to fundraise for them and write about it. This is my way of putting my money where my mouth is on this blog. I talk about sexual slavery and justice and the love of Christ all the time, but it requires action. Will you join me? The donate box will take you to their secure, non-profit funding site (here’s their guidestar report) where you can use a credit card. It also tracks our progress as a team. But wait….It gets better.Online fundraising for Erin Kirk fundraising for The Exodus Road

Exodus Road plans take two of their bloggers to SE Asia in January to see their operation firsthand. They’ll take one blogger who raises the most money and one who engages the most donors. Don’t you think that should be me? I do.

Not only that, each raid we fund will be our own. I will be able to talk to the people involved about our case (within reason) and its outcomes and report it back to you. That way you don’t feel like your donation goes into some mysterious charity maw. This is boots on the ground work, using the amazing tools available to us on the internet.

My God we live in incredible times. Will you help me? Donate. Reblog this. Post it to Facebook and Twitter. Let’s go ruin some dirtbags together!

Open your mouth for the dumb, for the cause of all who are left desolate. Proverbs 31:9