A hundred-and-fifty years ago, thousands of slaves escaped to freedom along the Underground Railroad. After the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War, slavery receded from American consciousness.
Forms of slavery still exist, and one of the most sinister is child-sex slavery. Fortunately, there is a new Underground Railroad. From TheBlaze:
With nearly 2 million children trapped in sex slavery, a group of former CIA, FBI, Navy SEALs and Green Berets have joined together to free children from an unimaginable fate in a group called The Underground Railroad.
According to the group's website, www.operationundergroundrailroad.com, it utilizes software to track child porn distribution rings, which leads them to hot spots where the likelihood of finding sex slaves increases. Former special-ops forces are then deployed to rescue children.
We have gathered the world's experts in extraction operations and in anti-child trafficking efforts. They are former CIA, FBI, Navy SEALs, and Green Berets. They make up what we call the Underground Jump Team. While the United States government is leading the world in such operations, it is largely hindered by bureaucracy and jurisdictional limitations.
The home page features an explanation of the project by Glenn Beck, called "The Abolitionists," detailed again on TheBlaze.
Beck said his friend spoke about one of his first missions, when a 5-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister who were kidnapped in America and brought across the border by a "monster." He said the children were brought to "drug cartel parties in Mexico" where they were "horribly abused" and used as "sex toys."
The sister told her little brother to remember that he's a man of God and to pray for miracles: "You just hold on to God."
"Well, a miracle did happen because my friend was onto this ring," Beck said. "He was actually at these parties, and when he told me the story -- you could see the pain in his eyes. He goes to these different countries and he poses as a rich American that is buying children to bring them back into the United States to sell them into slavery here. And so he was at this party, and he said, 'I want that one and that one and that one and that one.' And as soon as the money changed hands, the Navy SEALs drop out of the ceiling and they save the children."
Illegal-immigrant children are especially vulnerable to sex slavery because they already live in a shadowy world between countries and jurisdictions. Operation Underground Railroad says they work with local governments to infiltrate the child-sex rings but the cost of deploying the teams is in the millions, and so they are turning to private donations.