CYBER: The False Claims Behind an Anti-Trafficking Group’s Hollywood Moment

Operation Underground Railroad has a long history of making bold and unsubstantiated claims.
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Hacking. Disinformation. Surveillance. CYBER is Motherboard's podcast and reporting on the dark underbelly of the internet.

A movie about a Mormon anti-trafficking activist made headlines when it beat Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny at the box office. But Sound of Freedom’s box office numbers aren’t all they’re cracked up to be and the group behind the movie, Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), has a long and troubled history.

Motherboard Senior Staff Writer Anna Merlan joins us this week on Cyber to explain OUR and Sound of Freedom.


Stories discussed in this episode:

Tim Ballard Has ‘Stepped Away’ From Operation Underground Railroad, Org Says

Anti-Trafficking Group With Long History of False Claims Gets Its Hollywood Moment

A Famed Anti-Sex Trafficking Group Has a Problem With the Truth

Inside a Massive Anti-Trafficking Charity's Blundering Overseas Missions

Anti-Trafficking Charity Operation Underground Railroad Has Another Murky Rescue Story

Operation Underground Railroad’s Carefully Crafted Public Image Is Falling Apart

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