BYU grad rescues child sex slaves

Tim Ballard speaks with Universe staff about his new non-profit organization aimed at fighting child sex slavery. (Photo by Elliot Miller)

Tim Ballard speaks with Universe staff about his new non-profit organization aimed at fighting child sex slavery. (Photo by Elliot Miller)

A team of former Navy Seals and CIA operatives splash beer on their faces as they prepare to play the part of American sex tourists. They’ll have to maintain laser-sharp focus as they engage in negotiations with some of the world’s dirtiest criminals.

One suspicious move or remark could put their whole team at risk and prevent the rescue of dozens of innocent children.

This team, known as Operation Underground Railroad, works to prosecute child sex traffickers and to rescue the victims. Heading the team is Tim Ballard — a husband, a father of six children and a BYU alumnus.

Ballard has run multiple sting operations in Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua and the United States, all since he founded the organization in January. Ballard worked undercover as a government agent for 12 years before founding Operation Underground Railroad but is now speaking out to raise awareness about 21st-century slavery.

Read the full story on The Daily Universe.

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