Tim Ballard's Departure From Operation Underground Railroad Followed Sexual Misconduct Investigation - 2023-09-18

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F0.png Tim Ballard's Departure From Operation Underground Railroad Followed Sexual Misconduct Investigation September 18, 2023, Anna Merlan, Vice News

Tim Ballard's exit from Operation Underground Railroad earlier this year followed an investigation into claims of sexual misconduct involving seven women, according to sources with direct knowledge of the organization.

Sources familiar with the situation said that the self-styled anti-slavery activist, who appears to be preparing for a Senate run, invited women to act as his "wife" on undercover overseas missions ostensibly aimed at rescuing victims of sex trafficking. He would then allegedly coerce those women into sharing a bed or showering together, claiming that it was necessary to fool traffickers. Ballard, who was played by Jim Caviezel in the hit film Sound of Freedom, is said to have sent at least one woman a photo of himself in his underwear, festooned with fake tattoos, and to have asked another "how far she was willing to go," in the words of a source, to save children. These sources requested anonymity because they fear retaliation.

The total number of women involved is believed to be higher than seven, as that would only account for employees, not contractors or volunteers. One source close to OUR has detailed knowledge of Ballard making sexual advances to a volunteer using methods similar to those he allegedly used with OUR employees. Those methods are also consistent with his conduct toward another former volunteer who spoke to VICE News.

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{{cite news | first = Anna | last = Merlan | author2 = Tim Marchman | title = Tim Ballard's Departure From Operation Underground Railroad Followed Sexual Misconduct Investigation | url = https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkaqvn/tim-ballards-departure-from-operation-underground-railroad-followed-sexual-misconduct-investigation | work = Vice News | date = September 18, 2023 | accessdate = September 23, 2023 }}