Operation Underground Railroad debuts new project to document and expose human trafficking

On radio this morning, viewers were introduced to Tim Ballard, a best selling author who has also dedicated himself to liberating children sex trafficking though his group Operation Underground Railroad. But on TV tonight he went even further, explaining some of the group's methods and how they hope to document the efforts in order to raise awareness for this enormous and often ignored issue.

Before bringing Ballard onto the show, Glenn played a first look of "The Abolitionist", a project that will document the work being done by Operation Underground Railroad.

Much of the work done by Operation Underground Railroad was made by possible donations from TheBlaze audience, who gave an average of $108 per donation after Glenn discussed the group on radio back in November. Over $300,000 was raised that day.

Glenn has been a big advocate for the group and has worked to raise awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. He believes that working with them and helping rescue children from sex slavery will be some of the most important work he does in his life.

Glenn isn't alone in his support for the group. A member of Glenn's team, Mark Mabry, heard about the work being done by Operation Underground Railroad and volunteered to go and help the group and document their actions during a mission to Haiti. You can read Mark's story on the group's website.

The Glenn Beck audience has also played a huge role in the group's success. Because of the donations, close to 40 children have already been rescued.

“In the first two months of our operation, we were able to save 35 children,” Ballard said told Glenn. “There’s 40 more children on deck that we’ve already seen that we’re about to pull out. These are children that would not have been saved if it were not for your audience.”

In fact, Ballard had the family of the first child his group rescued record a special message for Glenn.

“The little girl, the 6-year-old girl, she was being trafficked,” Ballard said. “We got her out. The mom had been trafficked as a child, so it was this vicious cycle. We ended the cycle. It’s over for them.”

Watch the message below:

During the interview, Ballard explained how this group uses cutting edge software to show in real-time where people are sharing child pornography. Their website explains that they have teamed up with a data mini company to use the Child Protection System (CPS), "a law enforcement tool that locates child pornographers who trade in child rape videos online."

The site continues:

CPS has been utilized by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and has been responsible for tens of thousands of arrests in the United States and for the rescue of countless child victims.

Operation Underground Railroad is licensed to deliver this powerful tool to nations of the world who currently do not posses it. O.U.R. Jump Team members conduct extensive training to government officials on the software, allowing them to utilize it to rescue children in their own countries and to apprehend the perpetrators.

 

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility https://dailycaller.com/2020/03/30/anthony-fauci-moment-donald-trump-realized-extend-social-distancing-mandate/
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • "...it was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/30/coronavirus-violators-of-marylands-stay-at-home-order-face-criminal-charges.html
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.