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This Real-Life Superhero Has Rescued More Than 1,600 Children From Sex Trafficking

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Tim Ballard, a former Homeland Security agent, has dedicated his life to rescuing children from sex trafficking.

The world is a beautiful place. However, humanity has many dark sides; child sex trafficking being one of the worst.

While many of us don't like discussing child trafficking topics, the reality is that this stomach-churning exploitation exists.

this real-life superhero has rescued more than 1,600 children from sex trafficking

Regardless of social status, we all need to do something about it because things won't change independently. We must take a step towards the change we want to see.

One Utah man, Tim Ballard, has devoted his life to rescuing innocent children from the claws of sex predators.

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He's the head of non-profit Operation Underground Railroad, aiming to take down child sex trafficking operations.

this real-life superhero has rescued more than 1,600 children from sex trafficking

While working with the Department of Homeland Security, he trained for undercover operations as a sex tourist.

And as a loving father of nine, he knew his work was necessary, despite the risks.

So, to succeed in his work, he learned to disguise himself as a pedophile, talk like a trafficker, or a purveyor of child sex tourism.

The vastness of the horrible child sex trafficking industry traumatized him.

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Speaking of his undercover operations, Tim said:

"The worst [thing] for me was I would go down and find the kids. I couldn't believe how vast it was."

"It was at this time we started getting the numbers. It was well in the millions of children."

this real-life superhero has rescued more than 1,600 children from sex trafficking

Over time, Tim realized that he could help more children if he weren't limited by U.S. jurisdiction. So he launched Operation Underground Railroad (OUR).

His team consists of former CIA agents, past and current law enforcement operatives.

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Tim's work and dedication didn't come without challenges. He had to 'infiltrate different organizations in horrible locations.'

But whenever he felt he couldn't continue doing this job, his faith and wife kept him going.

this real-life superhero has rescued more than 1,600 children from sex trafficking

His non-profit, Operation Underground Railroad, has now helped arrest over 2,100 traffickers and rescue more than 3,800 children from slavery.

He notes that Americans are the ultimate clients, as they tend to have money.

He explains:

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"I've asked myself this question for a little over a decade; Why do you want this?"

"Because people think child pornography is 16-and 17-year-olds. And technically, it would be."

"But I've never met a law enforcement agency who has time to even worry about that. As horrible as that is—and we wish we could—we're talking about prepubescent children."

"That's something people can't wrap their head around. I can't wrap my head around it. I cannot. It's the opposite of what most people think of as sexy. It's so grotesque. And yet so many people want it."

Tim is featured in the documentary film Operation Toussaint: Operation Underground Railroad and the Fight to End Modern Day Slavery.

He's also starring in a film called Sound of Freedom that features child trafficking in Latin American countries.

He has also written a book called Slave Stealers, which recounts stories of human slavery.