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OUR Saint George Rescue

Saint George, Utah

In October of 2015 I attended the World Congress on Families Conference in Salt Lake City. One of the classes I attended featured Tim Ballard, who is the founder and CEO of the organization Operation Underground Railroad. Tim shared that he has made it his life’s work as an undercover agent to rescue children enslaved in sex traffic. He began his career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, and for more than 10 years worked as a special agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He was deployed as an undercover operative before founding Operation Underground Railroad, which has enabled him to rescue many more children both in and outside of the US. His team works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue its victims.

Ballard describes himself as a modern day abolitionist and is working tirelessly to educate people about the plague of human trafficking. He said there are more slaves today than all the slaves in 300 years of the transatlantic slave trade. There are at least 21 million victims of human trafficking in the world today, including 2 million children. Rescuing these children has become his mission in life. Tim has assembled a team of former Navy Seals, ex-CIA agents, and other operatives that have unique skills. His organization is a non-profit organization, and they need all the help they can get to fund their operations.

As a side note, we were shown a film entitled “The Abolitionist” which showed actual footage of some of their rescues. The children are so young, so frightened, and live in horrible circumstances. It was heart-wrenching, to say the least. We need to stand up and fight for their freedom any way that we can. Please consider becoming an abolitionist, and join us in fighting for the freedom of these children.

Sue Ann Simkins

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