20 Apr Modern-Day Slavery: One Man’s Story
What if you could be a hero and save an innocent child from the jaws of evil right now? I’m going to tell you how.
Early this morning I was driving home and was listening to the Glenn Beck program. My ears perked up when he mentioned the name of a friend of mine, Mark Mabry, who works for Beck’s company. Glenn was talking about an extraordinarily brave man named Tim Ballard who has lived the last decade as an undercover agent. Tim was asked by the US government to head up a team rescuing innocent children from an evil sex slave trade. These kids are as young as 4 years old and are literally bought and sold sometimes by the very relatives who should be protecting them. “I looked into their wide-eyed innocence and saw the eyes of my own children. It was heart-breaking,” said Mr. Ballard. As Tim became more involved and uncovered the magnitude of this evil trade, he realized that working through the government was just too cumbersome and replete with red tape. So he decided to quit his job and go it on his own which proved to be a gargantuan task.
The child sex slave trade is, unfortunately, big business. These horrific acts are literally video-taped which are then sold to millions worldwide. Ballard appeared on the Glenn Beck tv program and showed on a map through video technology, just how vast this problem is. A map of the world revealed little red dots appearing as one of these videos were being sold or viewed. I don’t know where you live, but would venture to guess that this is going on close to your area. The United States and Europe were nearly solid red. Disgusting.
Tim and his crew financed their own operations to Haiti where they would pose as potential customers for these child sex slave traders. After the deal was done, these poor Iittle children would stare into Tim’s eyes with anticipated fear and Tim’s heart would break. “I wished that somehow, telepathically, I could relay to them that I was there to rescue them, not hurt them again.”
One of the first rescues went like this. “Finally this little boy realized that I was there to rescue him. He ran into my arms and buried his head in my neck as we both sobbed.” I wondered if I had the strength to do this. It was too awful, too horrific. I had my own wife and kids to worry about. How could I subject my spirit to video after video of these unspeakable acts against children? Then I asked myself, “How can I not do this? If I don’t who will?” of course the unspeakable danger was always looming, but Tim’s attitude was, “if I die, I die trying to save the lives of children.”
There are an estimated 2 million children worldwide who are kidnapped and sold into sex slavery. A daunting task. And they don’t always end positively. “One operation failed. These children were literally a hundred yards away from me; almost rescued. But something went wrong and then they disappeared once again into the shadows. Devastating.”
Got to Have Help
So Tim contacted Glenn Beck and asked for help. Up to this point, Glenn thought that Tim was an author which was true. He had no idea that Tim was involved in this underground rescue. Glenn spoke about Tim’s “Operation Underground” on his show six months ago to which listeners immediately responded with donations of over $1 million. Listen to how that money was spent. This is how my friend, Mark Mabry, got involved. Mark is a great photographer and actually did two of our daughters’ weddings and several family pictures years ago. He sold his business a while back and went to work for Glenn in Dallas, Texas. Mark voluntarily joined Tim’s team to go to Haiti and rescue children. Mark’s job was to document through pictures and video. Operation Underground always goes through the front door working closely with governments and never going around or behind them. Child slavery is illegal and most countries will prosecute to the fullest but simply do not have, or will not allocate the resources to remedy.
Mark posed as a buyer with his “pretend” wife. They have pictures of sitting down with two women who were the directors of the orphanage. Once the cash was passed from Mark to these women, the sting went down. Twenty-eight children were rescued and these women were sent to jail. This operation, including the entire team’s room and board (which was meager as these grown men shared not only rooms, but beds!) was $20K! Can you believe that? A small price to pay for the lives of 28 precious and innocent lives.
Mark laughs as he said, “I sort of expected to have our own rooms and at least my own bed! But “Each of those dollars is sacred and has the name of a child written on them. The money is to be used to rescue those who are suffering, not for our comforts.” Good enough for Mark and the rest of the team.
I had to ask Mark how his wife was handling his new “adventures”? Of course she was freaked out and worried that he may get hurt or worse. Sex slave trade is big business and protected at all costs. These guys don’t care about human life as much as money and will do anything to protect it. Dangerous? I’d say so.
A New Abolitionist Movement
Operation Underground compares their mission to that of Harriet Tubman’s abolitionist efforts during the Civil War era to rescue fellow slaves attempting escape. There will be many more missions for these brave souls. So how can you help? The two biggest needs right now are to spread the word and also donate money to help these efforts. After watching this episode, I donated immediately. I pictured any one of my 15 precious grand children or neighborhood children and couldn’t imagine any of them in this black hole. What better cause than saving children from horrific and illegal sexual acts? Also knowing what these funds mean to this group is so refreshing. Can you imagine our government being this concerned about waste of your tax dollars? Novel concept. Please consider even the smallest donation to www.ourrescue.org and pass this article on to your friends and family.
Tonight as you tuck your little ones in to bed, kiss them and express your love for them. And please pray for the innocent children whose lives have been stolen but still may have a chance. Pray for Tim and Mark and those brave men and women who put their lives in danger for children they have never even met. Pray for the lost souls who have somehow justified that this unspeakable horror is ok. Do something great America! Save the life of a child! Is there a greater good?