Commander Ashok is a former Naval officer and alumnus of the 93rd National Defence Academy who has had a decorated career with the armed forces where he commanded warships and led highly sensitive trans-national missions of the highest order, amongst other distinguished roles. During the course of his naval career, he held positions with the Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Police Force, and Naval Police Investigations, and also provided security for vital national assets. He has also trained officers at the Indian Naval Academy and was instrumental in setting up a key Marine Police Station to combat human trafficking by sea. Cdr. Ashok had been fighting human trafficking crime syndicates for the past few years and was directly involved in the rescue of over 3600 women and children from the bonds of human slavery in the last three years alone, working with about 10 states in India in collaboration with the police and judiciary. He currently serves multiple organisations as a Senior Consultant on human trafficking issues, including IJM.