Timothy Ballard, founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, one of the Malouf Foundation’s key partners, will be the featured speaker at the event. After a decade as a special agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Ballard started a non-profit organization that rescues children from sex trafficking and provides aftercare for survivors. In the past four years, O.U.R. has dismantled dozens of sex trafficking rings, rescued hundreds of children from sex slavery, and trained law enforcement officers around the world to combat the fastest-growing organized crime on the planet. Ballard will discuss some of his most impactful experiences, how this atrocity happens, what is being done, and what it will take to end human trafficking. In addition, several members of the O.U.R. team will share personal stories of infiltrating trafficking rings, rescue missions, seeking justice for the world’s most deplorable criminals, and the tender journey of survivor recovery. Following the presentation, the Malouf team will share ways industry partners can get involved and help to curb the horrific cycle of abuse and exploitation. The Forging Freedom event is open to all Las Vegas Market attendees. For information, contact Jake Neeley at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.malouffoundation.org/forgingfreedom.
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