The Reality of Going Undercover

Note: This below takes you to the scene when the author went undercover with Operation Underground Railroad. All the names except the author’s have been changed to protect the effectiveness of future operations.  Who am I? That’s what I’m sure they are wondering. At this moment, I’m wondering the same thing. I’m about to meet three men who traffick children as sex slaves. They are bringing their captive girls to what they […]

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Hoping to still catch The Abolitionists in theaters?

Whether you weren’t able to join us on May 16th or you can’t wait to see the film again, you’re in luck! We are excited to announce that The Abolitionists will continue playing in the select theaters below starting this weekend! (We realize these are only theaters in Utah for now. In the next few days we plan to announce more screens so stay tuned!) Head on over to the respective […]

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Sex Sting Nabs Alleged Child Predators

Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 in the Appealdemocrat.com By Monica Vaughan/mvaughan@appealdemocrat.com The child sex sting that led to a Yuba City planning commissioner’s arrest and subsequent resignation was part of a months-long, resource-intensive operation that resulted in criminal charges filed against five other men. The most recent arrests were Tuesday night, when two men were hancuffed and questioned after they separately showed up at a meeting location where they presumably […]

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WHAT’S IN A NUMBER? #Rescue 500

Total To Date: 529 Rescued – 182 Arrested (2014-2016 ) In April 2016 O.U.R. hit the 500 mark for the number of rescues of victims of sex trafficking. Far more than its founder, Tim Ballard, was able to accomplish in the 10 years he worked with Homeland Security rescuing children from sex traffickers. Currently O.U.R. is averaging four to five rescues per month. The exact number of victims rescued as […]

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Aftercare with O.U.R.

Editor’s Note: The following description of Operation Underground Railroad’s Aftercare program is written by the director of aftercare for O.U.R. and is intended to give you an idea of how O.U.R is helping the children it rescues.  The keyword in Operation Underground Railroad Aftercare truly is “Collaboration”. We are committed to the journey of supporting survivors in their healing process. At this time, O.U.R. has found the most effective model […]

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RIDE THE RAILROAD: Charity Bike Ride

By Donovan Baltich Mark never imagined himself sitting across the table from a CEO and executives of a major corporation — at least, not until after he graduated from high school. But that’s just how far the 17-year-old from Irvine, California was willing to go to raise money and awareness for Operation Underground Railroad’s mission. Mark Tenney’s campaign, “Ride the Railroad,” has been in development for a year and will […]

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THE ABOLITIONISTS: MAKING THE MOVIE

Editor’s Note: This story was originally written during the making of the film. Portions have been updated to reflect the completion of the movie. __________________________ Imagine being right there with the Jump Team when they rescue the guarded children who are being used as pawns in a sick game of sex. Imagine seeing the startled faces of the depraved men as they are being arrested for prostituting them. Or, perhaps you’d […]

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SOLD | The Movie

Last week O.U.R. Founder,  Tim Ballard had the opportunity to screen the movie SOLD in Santa Monica. He was invited to be part of the evening by Producers Jeffrey Brown (Academy and Emmy Award Winner) and Award-winning producer Jane Charles . Tim also participated in a Q&A after the film. Based on true stories, SOLD is the story of 11 year old Lakshmi’s journey from a peaceful, rural village in Nepal […]

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Operation Whale Watch

  Latin America Rescued 24     Arrested 5   Operation Whale Watch was a high-risk mission that Operation Underground Railroad’s ops leader felt was worth the risk. And he was right. Twenty-four young women were rescued in this operation in Latin America. Only one was a minor. But that one minor is key in the potential punishment of the five traffickers. Because of that 16-year-old girl, they are now facing 15-30 […]