Anti-child sex trafficking crusader behind ‘Sound of Freedom’ movie resigns over sexual harassment allegations

Tim Ballard, the anti-child sex trafficking activist whose work was dramatized in the movie Sound of Freedom, has resigned from the organization he founded after he was accused of sexual harassment, VICE News reported.

Ballard, who was an adviser to the Trump administration on child sexual trafficking, resigned from Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) abruptly in June due to what were unknown reasons at the time.

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.

Read the full report over at VICE News.

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.