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I'm a soul inside a body - I'm not a commodity 

Why we do what we're doing 

Last night I met a 14 year old girl (or so) inside of a brothel in Southeast Asia. She wore on her wrist a Hello Kitty bracelet. Her mannerisms were reminiscent of a child. She was playful and put the bracelet on my wrist and smiled. Her hands were so small, barely reaching from the bottom of my palm to the bottom of my fingers. She didn’t speak English so I did my best with the few phrases I knew in her language to get her story. I also talked to the woman in charge of her. This little girl watched as the cost of taking her for an hour or an evening was discussed. For her, at this point in her life, there is nothing out of the ordinary about two people twice her age discussing her price as if she were a mere product.   

Why is this girl here in this place a child has no business being near? She is one of thousands systematically being relocated from the poor country side into the city. There are evil men rounding up these girls from the poor villages either through fraud, force or coercion.   

Why am I here in this place where good men can’t ethically justify stepping into? I’m here to find her and capture evidence of her captivity using covert gear and to add that evidence into a case file on the club that is selling her. We want to find the mechanism, the supply chain, the patterns of recruitment and delivery. And as I head back home to go back on tour with the band, The Exodus Road continues to use this evidence that we are collecting to begin to paint a more complicated picture of the crime syndicate that brought this precious baby into that brothel that I sat in last night. And then, if we are successful, we will partner with local authorities and arrest those trafficking her and bring her to freedom.   

I will write more about this girl and others. And why, as hard as it was, I had to leave her there. Looking back at her from the doorway with a sorrow so profound I can’t even begin to put it into words. But for now - if you want to hear more about what we’re doing or get involved you can text the word remedy to 51555 

Southeast Asia - The Exodus Road 

David is back from his forth trip to Southeast Asia and talks about how ordinary people can get involved with fighting human trafficking.  Text "remedy" to 51555 to get updates about The Exodus Road and Remedy Drive's work to help empower rescue.  


The Tennessean Article on David Zach and The Exodus Road 

David Zach did an extensive interview with Brad Schmitt of The Tennessean about the band's work with fighting sex trafficking.  In the past month The Exodus Road has been part of several raids resulting in rescues of over 20 victims and arrests of traffickers.  This article came out yesterday and is great insight into what Remedy Drive is doing to contribute to freedom.  

The Wings of the Dawn 

The RD nation came out in force to stand against slavery on 2.27.2015.  Here is the band standing with the community of advocates raising their voices for those without a voice. Join us in the fight for freedom by texting "remedy" to 51555

Remedy Drive Still Kicking  

Kind Words from Ed Cardinal - Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer:
 

Remedy Drive—born independent, shuffled to different labels when acclaim didn’t equal sales, and now taking the Kickstarter route—deserves respect for beating the industry blues and not giving up on its sophisticated rock music dream. Better yet, the Nebraska band’s determination has led to new purpose on Commodity, a conceptual set inspired by lead singer David Zach’s recent undercover mission work in Southeast Asia against human trafficking. This album raises awareness and the bar on creativity; it would’ve fit right in with the socio-spiritual best of Peter Gabriel, U2, and Simple Minds in the 1980s.

 

Thematically, Commodity fits Zach’s vision; he hopes it “will sound like a captive’s dream of liberty—a defiant reminder that in the King’s kingdom the oppressed can find refuge, a child soldier can find safety, the trafficked daughter in the red light district can return to her innocence.” Thus we hear the truth in the title track’s declaration: I’m a soul inside a body / I’m not a commodity, the disgust in “The Wings of the Dawn”: They’re taking beautiful and making it cheap / squeeze the soul, break the heart, steal the beat, and the hope in “Under the Starlight”: Maybe we can tear a little corner off the darkness.

 

Indeed, Commodity brings light while sonically matching the heavy air of its subject. The rising melody of “Commodity” is a heart’s cry poured over a muddy rhythm—something Switchfoot might attempt. The cleverly worded “Dear Life”—about the emptiness felt on this crowded earth—couples twinkling keyboards with a fuzzy bass guitar. The rapped verses of “Under the Starlight” spit stark opposites (Kalashnikovs, eight year olds . . .) before a lilting ‘70s pop chorus arrives. “The Wings of the Dawn” adds an angelic children’s choir to an industrial account of child sex slavery. It’s hopeful and harrowing.

 

Despite the focused theme, Remedy Drive diversifies on occasion with good results. The worshipful “King of Kings” features the honeyed harmonies of special guest All Sons & Daughters. Two instrumental pieces—“June” and “The Sides of the North”—give listeners well-timed opportunities to decompress from the tough issues at hand. “Take Cover” reads like a needed lullaby, and “The Cool of the Day” imagines how peaceful the world used to be.

 

Albums like Commodity used to be easier to find than they are today. Don’t miss this noble effort that ultimately achieves pop without pretentiousness.

Commodity releases 

Order your copy of Commodity in our online store or at iTunes - sing these songs of freedom with us at 110dB:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/commodity/id913253545

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