Exodus Cry is an international non-profit organization committed to abolishing sex trafficking and the commercial sex industry while assisting and empowering its victims.

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Every person should be free

Exodus Cry was birthed out of a prayer meeting when leader Benjamin Nolot was stirred to pioneer an organization that would combine prayer and practical ministry to see sex trafficking and slavery ended around the world.

Our story

As told by Exodus Cry founder Benjamin Nolot

Benjamin Nolot

In February of 2007, my wife and I were spending an evening together and decided to visit friends. As we talked, the conversation turned to human trafficking. I was taken aback as I heard the stories of the countless women and children trapped in such darkness. We learned about the millions of girls all over the world who are being forced into lives of systematic rape, generally in the form of prostitution, in an industry that shows no signs of abating.

Later, I learned about a 15-year-old girl who had been violently abducted in front of her own house and forced into sex slavery right here in the United States. In my quest to learn more, I uncovered more and more tragic stories. With each story of pain and oppression, the greater my burden became. In the following days and weeks, I could not escape the overwhelming conviction that I must take a stand against this injustice.

Now that we knew the truth, my wife and I would never be the same. Doing nothing was not an option. The question that begged to be answered was, “What can we do?”

Looking back, I can see that God was piercing my heart. I had been moved before by many issues, but this was more. I was stopped in my tracks. Life was no longer business as usual. The only way I could move forward was to journey into the unknown.

The 24/7 prayer room at the International House of Prayer Kansas City.

Two days after initially learning about the injustice, as a first step, I gathered with about 400-500 people in a prayer meeting to pray and ask God to end the injustice of sex slavery. For two hours, we labored in intercession, praying that God would set the captives free and open up doors for authorities to take meaningful action.

Child Pord Ring Exposed. Busts range from Algeria to South Africa.

A day and a half later a huge human trafficking bust occurred. More than 2,300 suspects were found and investigated in 77 countries. News articles indicated that it was the largest bust of its kind in history. It was an unprecedented global strike against child trafficking. Reports in the newspapers indicated that there was no explanation for this. Normally, the identification of perpetrators is like finding a needle in a haystack. It was surprising that anyone had been found at all, let alone 2,300! We believed this was God confirming his own zeal over the issue and validating our place in the fight.

With our prayers affirmed, we began intense prayer each week over the issue of human trafficking. On May 10, 2007, God again answered our prayer in a powerful way. On the front page of every local newspaper was the shocking story that four men in Kansas City had been busted for trafficking women from China and forcing them to work in prostitution in massage parlors and residential homes. In total, four arrests were made, 16 locations were shut down, and 15 girls were rescued and taken to a local women’s shelter for safety. The next day, the woman’s traffickers raided the shelter and took all 15 girls captive. After being rescued for a day, these young women were boldly returned to the shadows of a cruel and uncaring industry. This was a huge wake-up call for us. Although our prayers had been answered, traffickers were put behind bars, and women were initially freed, there was no safe place for rescued women to seek refuge. We knew that we could no longer pray for God to bring freedom to women and children in slavery if we did not have the right infrastructure to protect and restore them after their abuse. So we begin to ask the Lord, “What do we do?”

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