Timothy Ballard. Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues Then and Now
Author Timothy Ballard
Author Timothy Ballard, founder, and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), which rescues children from child-trafficking organizations throughout the world, explains that when he was starting out the severity of the problem with human trafficking was just being discovered.
—Old slavery was founded in deep hate and racial discrimination and politics; new slavery is for the most part based on profit and opportunity rather than race and policy.
Ballard left his job with the government to form this nonprofit and has relied heavily on history - lessons from Harriet Jacobs and others.
He retells historical accounts and compares them with children kidnapped and forced into human trafficking. Each account is agonizingly heartbreaking and the depictions barely prepare you for the thoughts of the conditions associated with those enslaved.
Tragically, slavery is more prevalent today than in the past.
So, how does Operation Underground Railroad combat this?
O.U.R.'s underground Jump Team leads coordinated efforts in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world. When victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involves assisting the victims with recovery and rehabilitation while bringing the perpetrators to justice.
How does one help?
We do as abolitionists, before us, did. We know from history that the Underground Railroad worked because people worked together to provide safe houses and aid slaves who were fleeing. We work together to deter, disrupt and dismantle child exploitation and to liberate those held captive.
We become Slave Stealers.
In closing, this book clearly makes the reader more aware of the parallels of history to present-day and teaches us we all need to work together to help heal our world.
I received an advanced copy of this amazing book from Julianne Muszynski Associate Vice President of Havas PR for an honest review.