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“OUR only focused on allowing its celebrity founder, defendant Tim Ballard, to live the lavish lifestyle of a wealthy sex tourist and sexually manipulate and abuse employees, contractors, and volunteers,” the suit reads.
A Private Island, Downloads From God, and the 'Couples Ruse': Inside the Dangerous World of Tim Ballard's Operation Underground Railroad
A female operator who worked with the controversial anti-trafficking group knew someone was going to get seriously hurt. She just didn't expect that it would be her.
Known to outsiders as the “Two by Twos,” a little-known community is reckoning with a far-reaching scandal over sexual abuse, accountability, and power.
The founder of the anti-trafficking group OUR has been sued by several accusers, who say he used their faith and visions from a psychic to sexually coerce them.
An attorney representing employees and contractors of Operation Underground Railroad has issued a statement about what they say the “Sound of Freedom” hero did.
Whistleblowers told investigators, and tried to raise concerns internally, about “cowboy” behavior and misappropriation of donor funds.
Janet Russon, a psychic medium from Utah, was a central source of “intelligence” for OUR, leading to at least one failed mission and no evident rescues of missing children.
Files from a joint local and federal criminal investigation released to VICE News describe video evidence of the incident, which took place in Mexico on an Operation Underground Railroad mission.
Tim Ballard’s Departure From Operation Underground Railroad Followed Sexual Misconduct Investigation
“O.U.R. is dedicated to combatting sexual abuse, and does not tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination by anyone in its organization,” the organization tells VICE News.
A church spokesperson tells VICE News that Ballard “betrayed his friendship” with a powerful leader, who “never authorized his name, or the name of the Church, to be used for Tim’s personal or financial interests.”
Now, his most ardent followers are spinning new conspiracy theories about his case.
Survivor leaders in the anti-trafficking movement are attempting to confront the issues around the surprise blockbuster film – and facing a hail of invective in the process.