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Slave Stealer Podcast 18: Recovery and Hope with Jessica Mass

Slave Stealer Podcast 18: Recovery and Hope with Jessica Mass

 

On this episode of the Slave Stealer Podcast, we get to hear from O.U.R.’s Aftercare Director Jessica Mass. She and Mark Mabry discuss the recovery and hope that aftercare programs can provide. Mass emphasizes the small victories that you get to celebrate throughout aftercare.

Jessica gives us new perspective about children born, trafficked, rescued, and rehabilitated in America.

Warning: Her first story, while not explicit, is kind of a kick in the stomach. It involves a little girl who was trafficked since she was six months old. Jessica took her into foster care as a 6-year-old. She discusses some challenges and blessings of her rehabilitation. It’s tough to hear, but also rewarding to know that she is on the path to a new life.

Amazingly, Jessica has fostered over 20 children in her short life. She says she learned at a young age how to effectively spend her time and energy. At the age of 13, she went out and got herself a job at Burger King so that she could go to her dream private school. After going on a church trip to Brooklyn, NY, that same year she decided that she wanted to dedicate herself to helping people for the rest of her life. This launched her down the path that got her to where she is today.

Now she travels the globe interviewing care providers and finding suitable and loving rehabilitation for the survivors that are rescued by Operation Underground Railroad and other great organizations.

Join us in listening to Episode 18 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Recovery and Hope with Jessica Mass.”

Related: Slave Stealer Podcast 9: Failure in Colombia


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Slave Stealer Podcast 17: Former Marine Interrogator now Journalist Jason Buttrill

Slave Stealer Podcast 17: Former Marine Interrogator now Journalist Jason Buttrill

In this episode of the Slave Stealer, Jason Buttrill discusses his experiences as an undercover operative with O.U.R. Buttrill is a former intelligence officer for the Department of Defense. He is now the lead writer for Glenn Beck’s program, Mercury Radio Arts.

Operation in Thailand

Mabry and Buttrill discuss the difficulty of going undercover as an American sex tourist in another country. In Thailand, Buttrilll had the opportunity to work alongside an experienced O.U.R. operative. As two tall, white men, these Buttrill and his partner had a hard time blending in. The first time they attempted to find children in the back of a brothel, they had to quickly get back to their car when things started turning against them.

Although the first operation that Buttrill participated in was not successful, he was able to try two more times in the same night in a different area. In the last area, his partner told Buttrill that he would have to sit next to the 12-year-old victim and talk to her.

Buttrill initially wanted to resist. He said that his O.U.R. partner looked at him dead straight in the eye and said, “You are not going to know what this is like, how evil this is unless you see how innocent she is.” Buttrill understood the situation, but it did not make it any easier. As he sat next to this girl, he found himself trying to plan ways to take out the trafficker’s bodyguards so that he could hurt the trafficker. Buttrill restrained himself, but why?

Join us in listening to Episode 17 of the Slave Stealer, “Former Marine Interrogator now Journalist Jason Buttrill.” Buttrill explains how he restrained himself and what the trafficker said as he grabbed Buttrill’s arm on the way out of the room. Follow this link.


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Learn more about how O.U.R. started with Tim Ballard in the first episode of the Slave Stealer, “Meet Timothy Ballard Part 1.” Click here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 16: Interviewing Gardy’s Dad

Slave Stealer Podcast 16: Interviewing Gardy’s Dad

Guesno Mardy: Father of Missing Child

In Episode 16 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, Tim Ballard and Mark Mabry interview Gardy’s dad, Guesno Mardy. For those of you that are new to this, Tim Ballard founded Operation Underground Railroad in part because his job at The Department of Homeland Security didn’t give him the leeway to keep his promise to find a young boy in Haiti, Gardy. Tim and his team have maintained a presence in Haiti for the past 5 years searching for this little boy.

Guesno came to the Slave Stealer studio to walk us through the story in first person. He runs an orphanage in Haiti where he currently takes care of over 100 lost or orphaned children.

Guesno is a soft-spoken man and speaks perfect English with a Haitian Creole accent. At times he’s kind of tough to hear, but listen closely and be inspired.

For more information on the story of Gardy, see episode 11 “Meet Gardy.”


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With technology being so prevalent in our kids’ lives, it’s important to take the extra step to keep them and their private information safe. These 3 simple setting changes will make a different in limiting strangers’ access to your children’s information. Read more here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 15: What Kind of People Sell Kids?

Slave Stealer Podcast 15: What Kind of People Sell Kids?

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What kind of people sell kids? Who are they?

What’s it like to be in the home of a trafficker? How do traffickers talk about their own families? In this episode Tim shares face-to-face encounters with some of the guys he helped put away.

The story begins with Eduardo. As part of a sting operation, Tim sat on a beautiful beach to see if the intel was true – if you sit on this beach long enough, a trafficker will approach you and offer you underage girls. One did. This trafficker took Tim to his boss, Eduardo, who sold girls as young as 11.

After Eduardo took some time to introduce Tim to the girls, Eduardo said, “Hey do you want to see my family?”

Tim goes on to explain what Eduardo said about his own family as he showed Tim pictures on his phone.

There are more than 2 million children enslaved worldwide. Tim says, “It’s the job of every adult, every decent adult, to stand up and be [these kids’] parents because if we don’t, Eduardo becomes their parent. That’s the reality.”

Join us in listening to episode 15 of the Slave Stealer podcast, “What Kind of People Sell Kids?”


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Learn more about how O.U.R. started with Tim Ballard in the first episode of the Slave Stealer, “Meet Timothy Ballard Part 1.” Click here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 14: How to Explain Trafficking to a Twelve-Year-Old

Slave Stealer Podcast 14: How to Explain Trafficking to a Twelve-Year-Old

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Trafficking is a difficult issue to talk about, which makes it even harder to explain it to our kids. Co-host Mark Mabry introduces his son, Bo, who is 12 years old. Before this episode, Bo had recently seen the movie The Abolitionists. Previously he did not know that his father, Mark, had been on rescue operations. Bo just knew Mark was traveling.

But it is important to do so, and Tim explains why.

In this episode, Bo sits down with Tim Ballard for a question and answer session. Bo asks the questions, Tim answers them.

Some of the questions that Bo asks include,

Is the feeling the same every time you rescue a large group of kids?

What do you mean by law enforcement?

Do you ever feel bad for lying when you are undercover?

How much does an operation cost?

Tim tactfully answers all of Bo’s questions in a way that makes sense to children and teens.

Join us in listening to Episode 14 of Slave Stealer, “How to Explain Trafficking to a Twelve-Year-Old.”


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Slave Stealer Podcast 13: Recent Operations in Haiti and Thailand

Slave Stealer Podcast 13: Recent Operations in Haiti and Thailand

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We have discussed that slavery has never really left the world. That’s the bad news. But here is something good… such great evil reveals great heroes. Everywhere in the world there are good people with freedom imprinted on their soul.

Tim Ballard, Mark Mabry, and Hugh Vail sit down and talk about the recent operations in Haiti and Thailand.
Tim explains that when Americans hear of the work O.U.R. does in other countries, they often think, “This is a problem for someone else.” However, Tim says, “Eventually that trafficked child’s pain will cross oceans will cross borders and it will land at your house.” Pornography filmed in other countries often makes it back here to the U.S.

The United States is the highest consuming nation of child pornography. Many Americans will travel to foreign countries and abuse these children. O.U.R. strives to catch these perpetrators in other countries so they stop bringing that evil back here. Tim has come across too many stories of people saying, “What, my dentist is involved in this? My doctor? My attorney?”

Supporting anti-trafficking efforts overseas really does help here in America.

At the end of the podcast, Tim invites in an undercover operator. Although this operator cannot reveal his identity, he explains his personal story of entering the fight against trafficking.

Join us in listening to Episode 13 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Recent Operations in Haiti and Thailand.”

 

 

 

Slave Stealer Podcast 12: Slavery Called Me

Slave Stealer Podcast 12: Slavery Called Me

Slavery today is alive and well. “With the money that human trafficking brings in every year…you could buy every Starbucks franchise in the entire world, and in addition to that you could buy every NBA team, and then still have enough money left over to send every child in the United States to college,” Tim Ballard states.

In Episode 12 of the Slave Stealer podcast, Tim Ballard, Mark Mabry, and Hugh Vail discuss the parallels between historical slavery and modern-day slavery. They also revive the memory of William Wilberforce and his platform. Wilberforce was an influence for good in the late 1700’s as he inspired people to understand the negative effects of slavery.

Because slavery is still rampant today, Tim Ballard calls on you to act:

“We need to shake the foundations like they did in the 19th century…we can do it.” More than 2,000,000 children are enslaved in the sex trade, and more than 5,000,000 children are in slave labor.

Join us in listening to Episode 12, “Slavery Called Me.”


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The process of filming the documentary “The Abolitionists” was an amazing one. Listen to Mark Mabry discuss the process of getting the documentary started here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 11: Meet Gardy

Slave Stealer Podcast 11: Meet Gardy

Meet Gardy

In Episode 11 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, Tim gives the emotional back story of Gardy, the currently missing son of a friend, in Haiti. He talks about recent efforts to rescue him and a little about how Gardy helped start Operation Underground Railroad.

Tim Ballard was still working for the government when he first came across Gardy’s case. Gardy was a U.S. citizen living in Haiti and he had gone missing right around the time of an earthquake. Dozens of children were missing. Meaning, not very many people were searching for Gardy. Tim opened a case from the government and invited Guesno, Gardy’s father, out to Utah to come discuss the case. He quickly learned that Gueso is a man of strong hope. Tim explains,

“Guesno said, ‘I just walk the streets hoping to hear Gardy’s cry.’ And I said, ‘How do you pick the area?’ He said, ‘I just pray and I just pick an area.’ The scarier the area, the better.”

Tim ended up leaving his government position to start Operation Underground Railroad so that he would have the ability to go to Haiti as a private organization to work with the law enforcement there. Although Gardy has not been found yet, he has a team of hundreds of people hoping and praying for his rescue everyday.

Join us in listening to Episode 11 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Meet Gardy.”

Related: Slave Stealer Podcast 16: Interviewing Gardy’s Dad


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Learn more about how O.U.R. started with Tim Ballard in the first episode of the Slave Stealer, “Meet Timothy Ballard Part 1.” Click here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 10: Becoming an Abolitionist

Slave Stealer Podcast 10: Becoming an Abolitionist

Becoming an Abolitionist

All About Becoming an Abolitionist

In Episode 10 of the Slave Stealer, Mark Mabry talks with Mark Stott, an O.U.R. veteran. They discuss the miraculous meetings that made the production of “The Abolitionists” possible. This is the documentary about O.U.R. that discusses what they do and talks about becoming an abolitionist. Because of the financial contributions of two very important donors, O.U.R. created and promoted the film without dipping into any of its regular donations reserved for funding rescue missions.

One of the greatest miracles that stemmed from the production of “The Abolitionists” was that the footage served as concrete evidence against the traffickers so none of the children had to testify in court.

This movie allowed people around the world to see the problem that was going on, along with a solution. Mabry and Stott discuss the importance of talking about trafficking and other sexual abuse in our society, as well as with children at an appropriate age.

Join us in listening to Episode 6 of the Slave Stealer Podcast, “Becoming an Abolitionist.”


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In the film, “The Abolitionists,” it shows the story of Operation Underground Railroad’s first operation. It was in Colombia, and it failed the first time. Learn more about this story here.

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Slave Stealer Podcast 9: Failure in Colombia

Slave Stealer Podcast 9: Failure in Colombia

In this episode of Slave Stealer, Tim Ballard and Mark Mabry talk about the first trip to Colombia that did not go according to plan. They had to return after a failed mission. Despite this setback, which is portrayed in “The Abolitionists,” the team goes back to rescue those kids and saves even more kids than they thought was possible. The “Abolitionists” is O.U.R.’s documentary.

Operation Genesis was the first operation that Tim Ballard and the O.U.R. team went on. Ballard recalls the pressure of the operation because they only had enough money for a couple of operations. If they failed, they would be out of business. In this episode, Tim Ballard delves into the details of the failure of their first mission in Colombia. Better yet, he also describes the success they had when they got a second chance in that same area.

Tim also explains how the film addresses the misconceptions that people might have about the legality of O.U.R.’s operations, and he also discredits false claims that others in the anti-trafficking community have made about the organization.

Join us in listening to Episode 9 of the Slave Stealer Podcast: “Failure in Colombia.”

Related: Slave Stealer Podcast 13: Recent Operations in Haiti and Thailand


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In one of the first episodes of the Slave Stealer Podcast, Tim Ballard discusses how a beauty queen started trafficking children in Colombia. Read more about this story here.

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