Tim Bal­lard resigns from his anti-traf­fick­ing orga­ni­za­tion after sex­u­al harass­ment alle­ga­tions

Anti-child traf­fick­ing activist Tim Bal­lard resigned from the orga­ni­za­tion he found­ed after he was accused of sex­u­al­ly harass­ing mul­ti­ple col­leagues, accord­ing to a report.
Bal­lard, a for­mer Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­ri­ty agent, left Oper­a­tion Under­ground Rail­road in June for unknown rea­sons. How­ev­er, a new report claims that the activist resigned after the orga­ni­za­tion launched a sex­u­al mis­con­duct inves­ti­ga­tion against him, with the inves­ti­ga­tion involv­ing at least sev­en women.
Bal­lard is accused of invit­ing women who were Oper­a­tion Under­ground Rail­road staff and vol­un­teers to accom­pa­ny him when going on mis­sions over­seas to pose as his wife, and he would lat­er coerce them into shar­ing a bed with him or show­er­ing togeth­er. Bal­lard told the women that doing so was nec­es­sary to fool traf­fick­ers.
One of the women claimed to have received pho­tographs of Bal­lard in only his under­wear with fake tat­toos, and anoth­er woman was asked “how far she was will­ing to go” to save chil­dren, accord­ing to the report.

In this 2022 pho­to, Tim Bal­lard, the founder of Oper­a­tion Under­ground Rail­road, speaks dur­ing an inter­view. Bal­lard has faced sex­u­al harass­ment alle­ga­tions from col­leagues at the anti-traf­fick­ing orga­ni­za­tion.
(AP Pho­tos / Busi­ness Wire)

“OUR is ded­i­cat­ed to com­bat­ting sex­u­al abuse, and does not tol­er­ate sex­u­al harass­ment or dis­crim­i­na­tion by any­one in its orga­ni­za­tion,” a state­ment from the orga­ni­za­tion read. “[We] retained an inde­pen­dent law firm to …