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.”
The news follows his mysterious departure from Operation Underground Railroad, the other anti-trafficking organization of which he was the most recognizable face.
The anti-trafficking activist whose story was the basis for Sound of Freedom left his own organization after an internal investigation, according to a letter circulating among employees and donors.
Despite Cambodian police crackdowns, evidence suggests the criminal syndicates are expanding to Myanmar, the Philippines, and even as far afield as Dubai.
The wellness guru and self-proclaimed “witch” is accused of using manipulation and hypnosis to traffic young women.
The move from Thierry Baudet highlights the influence Tate has gained in far-right conspiracist networks around the world.
A network that allegedly saw hundreds of women forced into sex work in Europe has been busted, with 28 suspects arrested.
Operation Underground Railroad has a long track record of misrepresenting its work; now, it could be partnering with Elon Musk’s Twitter.
Criminal syndicates are relocating to evade arrests in Cambodia and casting a wider net across the world to recruit their next victims.
Freed from scam gangs in Cambodia, victims say they are now being detained and extorted by police demanding bribes for bedding, food and to return home.