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Don’t be fooled: Help the cause of protecting children, fighting human trafficking by getting educated, staying informed with facts, not falsehoods
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An increasing number of well-intentioned and concerned people are raising the level of discussion about child exploitation and human trafficking through social media and other channels. 

This is very much welcomed. The fact remains that children are being exploited, solicited and sold for sex every single day, often by people that they trust. To stop this from happening in the United States and around the world, we must work together to spread truths about child exploitation and trafficking in our communities and online so that perpetrators can no longer hide in the shadows.

Unfortunately, in some instances, the effort to knock out child exploitation and human trafficking is being harmed by individuals and a number of conspiracy theory groups who have chosen to latch onto child exploitation and human trafficking as a vehicle to deceptively bolster their causes.

This is not welcomed, nor should it be supported.

In order to effectively confront child exploitation and human trafficking in our communities, it is vital that everyone understand what is happening through the lens of accurate information.

To this end, O.U.R. is committed to providing factual information and actionable ways for people to contribute their voices and efforts toward protecting and rescuing exploited children.

To be clear, Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) does not condone conspiracy theories and is not affiliated with any conspiracy theory group in any way, shape, or form. From O.U.R.’s inception, we have been fighting for the innocent by partnering with law enforcement and other NGOs who share our same mission to eradicate child sex trafficking.

We encourage anyone who wants join in the fight to learn more about the true realities of child exploitation and human trafficking. We also ask that you use extra care when engaging around these issues so as not to hurt the cause. By doing so, collectively, we will be able to bring protection and healing to more children in need.

O.U.R.’s official hashtags are #OURrescue #RISEUP #EndHumanTrafficking #RiseUpForChildren #GetLoud.

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reporting 101

Please exercise good judgement when reporting to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. All tips are taken seriously, however, conspiracy-related reports from people with no direct knowledge of trafficking situations can overwhelm services meant for victims.

We are not a law enforcement body and cannot investigate trafficking leads. If you or someone you know is in danger, please contact local authorities immediately using all relevant channels of communication including: telephone, email, submissions via law enforcement websites, etc. Please leverage investigative bodies such as city police departments, county sheriff offices, state police and federal law enforcement including the FBI or HSI. Alternatively you can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or visit their website at www.humantraffickinghotline.org to report a tip.

We have compiled a guide of helpful resources to report potential human trafficking and exploitation cases — please visit here for more information. Although we are not a reporting agency, if you have exhausted all methods as outlined here you may fill out the leads form included in this blog post. 

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Leslie
2020-09-08 12:08:32
I ordered a T-shirt “Not for Sale” and the company -NMSAPPAREL said all profits go to OUR. I’ve also seen many #savethechildren. Are these affiliated with OUR?
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Desiree
2020-09-08 17:20:18
Hi Leslie- I purchased a Save the Children shirt and it was through a verified company that got approval through OUR. Different company’s we’re doing it, so you just need to verify that they didn’t get approval from OUR and proceeds are going to them. Save the children hashtag isn’t tied to a conspiracy (people in the media are trying to make it seem that way), but it is not an OUR hashtag.
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Desiree
2020-09-08 17:21:10
Did** get approval
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melissa Soalt
2020-09-10 11:58:08
Why the hell don’t you COME OUT and CONDEMN QANON??????????? Outrageous that you don’t and you wonder why ppl question you Republicans???:? Are you a TRUMP supporting org? YES OR NO? The only info I hear about you is from QANON ANTI- MASKERS / RACIST ANTI BLM PPL.
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Mark
2020-09-16 08:55:24
Melissa, you need to read. Qanon is the single greatest threat to child sex trafficking in the world. Qanon has given millions of people around the world the information needed to realize that sex trafficking is real and pervasive all over the world and especially within elite circles and government officials. Q dropped a list of over 80 public officials who were arrested with many thus far convicted of crimes against children. You never hear this in the press that hides it as they are a part of it. You read too little of actual fact and too much from MSM. I went to DHS website and searched for where the DHS said that white supremacy was the greatest threat to democracy. Could not be found. I’ve never see a threat from white supremacy other than the rare unhinged basement dwelling video game master. Antifa and BLM have done more to threaten our civilization than any group in history. They will shortly be defeated.
LL
2020-10-08 07:57:19
Exactly-unless they condemn Qanon, they are supporting Qanon.
Apk
2020-09-10 16:05:44
That was really informative. After I read the 1st paragraph of this article, I found it interesting. I was curious to read and learn more. Thanks for sharing it!
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Melissa Soalt
2020-09-12 13:23:08
Hello Stacey- Are you a representative from OUR? Your response abt how Q Anon are the good guys and how bLM and Antifa are the bad guys has been shared. I am now inquiring for journalists as I am confused by your outrageous and racist comments. I was unable to finish...i have seen and donated to Maiti Nepal- greatest highly rated anti trafficking org inKathmandu Nepal, and ass a CNN ppl of the year.... and I am in contact with Rushira Gupta from ASPNE APP in Delhi India—- she is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and sexual slavery.... She’s a Smart dynamite lovely woman who speaks world over. Why doesnt OUR HAVE People OF COLOR ON their board??? As advisors? AFTER ALL: OUR IS FEATURED AS BURLY WHITE Men rescuing brown skinned women and kids? Thank you, Melissa
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Angie
2020-09-12 14:49:04
Wow Melissa, what is your problem? I don't follow Trump or Qanon, yet I hear and see information about OUR everywhere! OUR is out risking their lives rescuing children and you choose to comment with negativity and make it about race and politics. News flash, THIS IS NOT ABOUT RACE OR POLITICS. Sex trafficking is a horrible reality whether you're Republican or Democrat, and it doesn't care what the color of one's skin is. Take your horrible accusations somewhere else, please.
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Melissa
2020-09-12 18:46:59
If you had bothered to read the thread here, you would see that I was further responding to Stacey who insisted to me that “QANON ARE THE GOOD GUYS. And that BLM AND ANTIFA are the bad guy, enemies” Wow. I am unable to reach anyone by phone and want to know why OUR won’t come out and denounce any affiliation with QANON because many in Q ANON conspiracy seem to also be enmeshed here. Given that MANY QANON PPL have latched onto hashtag saveourchildren and support the lunatic view that deep state, satan worshipping pedophile Dems are behind the worlds pedophile rings, it is completely reasonable to expect that OUR would and should publicly specifically state NO AFFILIATION or involvement with QANON. Stacy kind of proved my point. Pls read my words carefully. I am as I described utterly in support of anti trafficking work and have been a donor and engaged with world renowned anti trafficking groups in S Asia. But not if it is politically biased.
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Jonathan
2020-09-16 16:06:16
I thank Operation Underground Railroad for printing this news article. I would ask that you go a step further - by @TimBallard and @OURrescure posting links on your social media accounts that point to the article (not sure if you have, I have looked and not seen any linked to this article). QAnon, Pizzagate, and yes - recently - #savethechildren - are all connected to conspiracy theories that hurt organizations like OUR, and do MUCH more harm than good, by delegitimizing real organizations that are doing real work fighting child trafficking. (the #savethechildren hashtag touted by conspiracy theorists should not be confused with the legitimate org, @savethechildren) They do so by providing false information, which is not based on facts or real research. Real research by investigative journalists seeks out the truth - whatever that turns out to be. What real research is not - confirming facts you think you already know by looking at "Q" posts, Facebook, or YouTube posts that back up your existing opinion. This is the primary reason for this article by OUR - to separate fact from fiction, and allow them to do their job. IMHO, it falls a tiny bit short by not pointing out specific conspiracy theories by name, but it's a big step in the right direction, which I must commend OUR for. For more information, I recommend this article: https://tinyurl.com/yxref6es
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WWE Referee, Wrestler-Turned-Mayor Fundraise For QAnon-Adjacent Charity
2020-09-29 11:34:32
[…] Operation Underground Railroad says it has no connection to QAnon and vaguely disavows conspiracy theories on its website, the organization has embraced followers of that particular baseless conspiracy theory, rather than […]
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WWE Referee, Wrestler-Turned-Mayor Fundraise For QAnon-Adjacent Charity - F1TYM1
2020-09-29 12:34:36
[…] Operation Underground Railroad says it has no connection to QAnon and vaguely disavows conspiracy theories on its website, the organization has embraced followers of that particular baseless conspiracy theory, rather than […]
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WWE Referee, Wrestler-Turned-Mayor Fundraise For QAnon-Adjoining Charity – Tabloided
2020-09-29 13:51:50
[…] Operation Underground Railroad says it has no connection to QAnon and vaguely disavows conspiracy theories on its website[1], the group has embraced followers of that individual baseless conspiracy principle, slightly […]
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Ronald Pigott
2020-10-06 07:17:28
I only asked a question, the hate i see here,the misinformed comments, Lord help us, find the missing people,find the children, send these demons back to their master, Satan, wwg1wga means more than you know, not all of us are cult members, O.U.R, you really didnt anwser my question but like everyone else, feelings matter not facts, I support you because you're doing whats right, the whole world is gone crazy, at least some sanity still exist, love,peace and God's speed, WWG1WGA.
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Melissa
2020-10-08 09:22:05
Exactly!!!!! If they dO NOT officially disaffiliate themselves from QANON and further, do not remove comments that lie and say tjings like “BLMIS THE ENEMY... OUR IS THE SAVIOR EYC” and full of the code words for QANON and its hatred and Crazy Sht... then they are complicit. I’ve passed all this onto my reporter and journo friends. Shameful. Ppl here have even denied that HOMELAND SECURITY AND FBI have named alt right and white supremacy as THE BIGGEST TERROR THREAT TO OUR NATION.
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OURrescue
2020-10-12 13:41:37
O.U.R. is not affiliated with the group QAnon in any way, shape or form, and to date we have had no interaction with them. We exist to fight for the innocent by partnering with law enforcement and other NGOs who share our same mission in eradicating child sex trafficking.
Michelle
2020-10-31 10:48:38
Melissa I totally agree with you! I was suspicious when I was given the information about their mission! Thanks for clearing it up, I will never support them! Shame on them!
Melissa Soalt
2020-10-12 15:44:42
Bullshit. Then state this officially. You know damn well that QANON ARE PL REFER TO YOUR SITE AND SUPPORT IT Then stand up and state this explictly on your site- as it is vitally impt today as white supremacy and QANON INFILTRATE EVERYWHERE. You have allowed hate speak here - on your blog and paid no attention Shameful snd telling Reporters will deal with this.
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OURrescue
2020-10-14 12:31:00
Hi Melissa, We have shared this statement on our social media and included it in our FAQ on our website. We have been overwhelmed with a large wave of comments these past few months and we are working to address the inappropriate ones as we see them, thank you for your concern. We understand the harm that incorrect messaging about human trafficking and exploitation is causing.
Melissa Soalt
2020-10-14 14:35:26
Nice start for sure. Thanks. but to be honest, its way late and not a good excuse ,esp considering the urgency of this matter and how OTHER ANTI TRAFFICKING orgs have been on this already. And would never allow the hateful msgs from QANON AND RELATED supporters on their blog. It leads many to ask/ why is this not important enough to you as an org and a 501C3 to at least have allocated an intern or two at the very least to monitor your blogs? Reporters will leave it to you to answer. And for the record, as I stated in this thread, naturally I support your heroic efforts and deeds and I have been affiliated / met with/ donated to outstanding South Asian anti- trafficking orgs.....and in fact, via a Summit I recently spoke in, I allocated my proceeds to you vis a vis the organizer. But I and many have some serious misgivings abt your enmeshment with right winged politics and more. It is on YOU TO CLEAN UP YOUR ACT and not use busyness as an excuse. I know of no other anti trafficking org who says this.
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Ronald Pigott
2020-10-15 04:49:49
I came back to address the gaslighting, call your reporters, O.U.R.has nothing to do with the Q followers, and you have nothing to do with what I say or think, prove any of the things you say, Q Anon is world wide,so much for your white supremacy,prove we're racist, maybe you should look deeper, I think your commie, dark to light, wwg1wga.
Melissa
2020-10-15 09:29:46
You justmade my point. That this blog allows and enables and gives a platform to QANON- calling me a commie wwwgiwqa- is QANON speak. Thank you. QANON has also exploited or used the horrors of child trafficking, under the guise of save the children, to lure ppl in and preach its conspiracy theories and version of white evangelism. I’m a proud Jewish woman and long time defender of human rights and women’s rights— personally and professionally. I’ve been in the slums and seen the brothels where trafficking and sexual servitude is pervasive and where it kills. OUR’s impt work in anti trafficking and rescue should not be enabling or in any way supporting Q CONSPIRACY THEORIES You do this organization a disservice by promoting QANON on their site. I. Am glad to know that this is now addressed in the FAQ. However it clearly hasn’t been enforced yet. Do you work for or with OUR?
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Melissa
2020-10-15 09:31:20
You justmade my point. That this blog allows and enables and gives a platform to QANON- calling me a commie wwwgiwqa- is QANON speak. Thank you. QANON has also exploited or used the horrors of child trafficking, under the guise of save the children, to lure ppl in and preach its conspiracy theories and version of white evangelism. I’m a proud Jewish woman and long time defender of human rights and women’s rights— personally and professionally. I’ve been in the slums and seen the brothels where trafficking and sexual servitude is pervasive and where it kills. OUR’s impt work in anti trafficking and rescue should not be enabling or in any way supporting Q CONSPIRACY THEORIES You do this organization a disservice by promoting QANON on their site. I. Am glad to know that this is now addressed in the FAQ. However it clearly hasn’t been enforced yet.
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Melissa
2020-10-15 09:32:31
You justmade my point. That this blog allows and enables and gives a platform to QANON- calling me a commie wwwgiwqa- is QANON speak. Thank you. QANON has also used the horrors of child trafficking, under the guise of save the children, to lure ppl in and preach its conspiracy theories and version of white evangelism. I’m a proud Jewish woman and long time defender of human rights and women’s rights— personally and professionally. I’ve been in the slums and seen the brothels where trafficking and sexual servitude is pervasive and where it kills. OUR’s impt work in anti trafficking and rescue should not be enabling or in any way supporting Q CONSPIRACY THEORIES You do this organization a disservice by promoting QANON on their site.
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J Beard
2020-10-18 15:42:11
It seems some on this blog are questioning the legitimacy of OUR. It's important not to be fooled by nefarious non-profits couching false motives in emotional rhetoric. Remember Kony2012? I suggest always going to a netural 3rd party reporting agency such as Charity Navigator (charitynavigator.org) or any similar organization. Fidelty, accountability, and transparency are paramount to any fight, such as OUR's mission. That being said, go to one of these sources and see what you find about OUR. (Before you ask, the answer is NO; I'm not associated with OUR, CharityNavigator, or any other such organization. Just a concerned and active parent)
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Megha
2020-11-20 07:31:27
Nice article!! Thanks for such great content!!
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Cherie
2020-12-03 17:19:32
Thank you very much for your dedication in keeping our world's Youth safe from these nasty sick twisted individuals. I think that child molesters traffickers and pedophiles all deserve corporal punishment, meaning execution. Just wipe them off of the Earth. There is no Rehabilitation for them.
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