Someone has wisely stated, “People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used.” And so it is in the cold dark world of child sex trafficking. The sweet innocence of youth is stripped away by sexual deviants who view children as nothing more than objects to be used to satisfy their illicit pleasures, instead of precious souls that deserve to be loved.
Equally as disturbing as the perverted acts against these innocents, is the number of people who turn their backs on them in their hour of utter desolation, seemingly satisfying their conscience by convincing themselves that it is not their problem. And so, rather than being resolute in helping to find a viable solution to a grave problem, they choose to walk away treating the matter as being nonexistent. However, in the words of William Wilberforce, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.”
Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.)
Thankfully, there are those who choose to heed other of Wilberforce’s words when he said, “Let it not be said that I was silent when they needed me.” Such is the clarion battle cry of those who have devoted their time and efforts in being a part of a worthy cause known as Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) which was founded in December 2013 by Tim Ballard. Their mission is as follows as stated on their official website:
We’ve gathered the world’s experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts to bring an end to child slavery. O.U.R.’s Underground Jump Team consists of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives that lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts.
Once victims are rescued, a comprehensive process involving justice for the perpetrators and recovery and rehabilitation for the survivors begins.
Their promises are two-fold. First to the children – the innocent victims, “Your long night is coming to an end. Hold on. We are on our way.” Their captors and perpetrators have blatantly ignored the admonition of the Creator Himself when He said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6). To them, the declaration is decreed, “Be afraid. We are coming for you.”
A Special Song for Operation Underground Railroad
This week’s “Video Find of the Week” features Peter Breinholt, a recording artist popular in the Salt Lake City, Utah local music scene, and the One Voice Children’s Choir who perform a song that is appropriately titled “Lullaby.” The introduction to the video states, “There are nearly 2,000,000 children in slavery! Sex trafficking is a 30 billion dollars a year industry! It’s the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. On July 6, 2006 Tim Ballard dedicated his life to saving children. This song inspired his decision!” All proceeds from the song were donated to Operation Underground Railroad.
As you watch the video, ask yourself the question, “What will I give to help a child in desperate need?”