During Black History Month, we saw endless stories about the horrors of slavery in America. Harsh accusations continue to surface against our Founding Fathers, maintaining they accepted slavery because they did not stop it. Pundits claim no one could be so blind to the atrocities of slavery unless they approved. With puffed chests, people today declare their devotion to the abolition movement.
Yet, how many are fighting the slave trafficking occurring throughout the world right now?
Tim Ballard heads up the private organization called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) Rescue. O.U.R. Rescue infiltrates sex/slave trafficking rings so as to break them up. In addition, bringing the participants, both slave holders and customers, to justice.
According to Ballard, during the 400 years of the Western slave trade, an estimated 15 million people total were enslaved. However, right now, over 30 million people live in enslavement across the globe. But it’s more than just forcing people to work in the fields, which is happening. Millions are trapped in sex slavery. To make it worse, they are children. Sometimes even toddlers.
Over Super Bowl weekend, O.U.R. planned a game day party in Haiti that included 29 of these sex slave children. When the girls arrived with their handlers, their world changed. Authorities arrested the handlers while O.U.R. rescued the children from a life of bondage.
O.U.R. protects the victims they save, giving them education and psychological assistance until they are 18. These children are receiving the help they need and their lives will never be the same again.
Love him or hate him, conservative radio personality Glenn Beck has been the biggest supporter of O.U.R. Rescue. In December, he traveled to Haiti and visited rescued children. This past weekend, Ballard took him to Bangkok, Thailand, which is considered the sex trafficking capital of the world.=
Watch Beck explain why he went or listen to the podcast of his trip HERE.
During his Tuesday show, he reminded listeners how O.U.R. Rescue came about. It started with the 2013 rescue of three girls held as sex slaves in the basement of a Cleveland, Ohio, home. Beck explained that a friend, who asked to remain anonymous, contacted him with a solution. Unbeknownst to Beck, the friend worked for the CIA and Homeland Security. He informed Beck that local governments know this is happening, but legal parameters restrict what they can do. They needed an outside organization to work separate from the governments, but with the governments, to break up the sex trafficking rings.
After Beck told his audience of the solution, they raised $1 million for the new group. O.U.R. Rescue was born.
Three years later, 641 children are now free. In addition, over 275 traffickers have been arrested with O.U.R.’s help.
Visit ourrescue.org to find out all that these amazing heroes are doing.
On his Tuesday radio program, Beck discussed his Bangkok trip with a heavy heart. He talked about the children he met at an O.U.R. safe house that have been severely abused. One little boy received burn marks all over his body for not making enough money for his slaveholder.
Beck told his audience the story of a little girl who was inconsolable after being abused. She was taken to the hospital where they discovered items lodged inside of her.
Beck and his group walked down a main street while several little boys approached him with a watch for sale. Yet Beck later found out the boys, not the watches, are for sale. If you accept their offer, they take you to their handler to determine the time, place, and child. Beck said he noticed numbers tattooed on all their hands. You choose them by their number.
If your stomach is not turning yet, are you sure you would have fought slavery 200 years ago?
Many want to ignore the issue because it exists elsewhere in the world. It’s not our problem. Yet the primary pedophiles are older white men from France, Germany, England and America.
As a recovering alcoholic, Beck pulled from his own experience to make an important analogy. He described that if he went on a drinking vacation, he could not come home and not drink. In fact, he believes he would be worse. Likewise, the men who go to Bangkok to vacation, buying little children, cannot just leave that behavior there. They return to their homes, including America, and abuse children there. For example, O.U.R. discovered an American teacher who traveled to Thailand five times a year, only to return home to abuse American children. Fortunately, this led to the man’s arrest.
Yet, here’s the good news. You can fight it now. You can be an honest and effective abolitionist.
O.U.R. Rescue needs our help. Planning and carrying out raids to rescue children takes money. However, just $5 a month helps provide food, shelter and doctor’s care for these precious children.
News media does limited reporting on O.U.R. That is why Beck so actively informs his audience about O.U.R. and their work. Yet, his audience cannot do it alone. These children need everyone’s help.
There are multiple ways you can contribute. In addition to donating, you can volunteer, host or attend an event, or start a campaign. Most importantly, you can pray for these young boys and girls and those risking their lives to save them. Visit ourrescue.org for more information.
Slavery still exists, even though it is not blatantly in front of our faces. However, you can make a difference in rescuing the victims and locking up those responsible.
Be the person you believe you would have been at our founding. Become an abolitionist! Visit ourrescue.org and become part of the solution.
But that’s just my 2 cents.