Finding Ruby | The Treasure | 4
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"Light breaks into the darkness. A painstaking investigation leads to the rescue of Ruby and the other girls."

Listeners are given behind the scenes access to how a rescue operation is built–and spoiler–it isn’t all busting down doors!

We travel alongside Attorney Rey of International Justice Mission as he works alongside Philippines police to gain access to the house Ruby and the girls are trapped in, and see what it is like firsthand to work in such a dark area, bringing light one step at a time.

The path to rescue is built on a series of small, strategic steps.  At any moment, anything could go wrong.

At last rescue arrives for Ruby.  But this is in many ways only the beginning of her journey to healing.

Issues this episode explores:

  • The multidisciplinary team needed for a rescue operation 
  • A consideration of privacy and protection laws 
  • The toll  taken on rescue workers and what motivates them to keep going

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CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence. Listener discretion is advised.

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Finding Ruby is a production of Cadence Productions.

Show written and edited by Nikki Florence Thompson and Rich Thompson. 
Additional production by Lydia Bowden, Anthea Godsmark, and Brendan Ridley. 
Sound design and mix by Rich Thompson and Brendan Ridley. 
Graphic design and social media by Sayaka Miyashita, Carla Moran, and Alyssa Sheridan. 
Director of photography is Brad Conomy. 
Matt Tooker is the executive producer.

Show Music
- "Homeland" by Searching for Light, featuring Jenna Carlie. 

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