TIMOTHY BALLARD: “I’ve Fought Sex Trafficking as a DHS Special Agent – We Need to Build the Wall for the Children”

WASHINGTON (Fox News) — As a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) special agent on the southern border who fought sex trafficking for over a decade, I can say with certainty that the issue of the border wall should be not about power and partisan politics. It should be about the children – the tens of thousands of them who have been and are being trafficked into the U.S. and forced into the commercial sex trade.

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise on the planet, with millions of child victims stuck in its clutches. Indeed, this is no peripheral issue – this alone should be front and center in our border and immigration debate.

I spent over 12 years working as a special agent/undercover operator for Homeland Security Investigations in the Child Crimes/Child Trafficking unit. For a decade of that service, I was stationed at the border office in Calexico, California. Based on my extensive experience fighting transnational crime along the southern border, I know that we should absolutely finish building the wall for the sake of the children.

The U.S. is one of the highest, if not the highest, consumers of child sex. As such, traffickers know they will become very wealthy by getting their enslaved children into our country. We do these traffickers a great favor by leaving our border virtually wide open.

We should stop seeing the border wall as something that would keep the “bad guys” out – though it would certainly help do that too. We must instead focus on its ability to prevent children from being brought in to become sex slaves. The wall would undoubtedly be a significant barrier to entrance into the black market of child sex trafficking, thus decreasing kidnappers and traffickers’ incentives in the first place.

For those children who are still kidnapped, the wall would provide hope.

Roughly 10,000 children are being smuggled into the U.S. every year to be sold as sex slaves – we owe it to them to finish this wall and protect them from the monsters within.

Read the full op-ed here.

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PEDOGATE CRACKDOWN: Police find 51 of 76 missing Michigan children as Trump administration’s war on child sex trafficking continues

FLINT, Mich — Dozens of Michigan children who had been reported missing were rescued on Thursday as part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to crack down on child sex traffickers.

According to a report published by WEIY-TV, 51 of the state’s 76 reported missing children were uncovered as part of a sting carried out by state and local police.

Investigators told WEYI that the goal was to locate children who had slipped through the cracks after being reported missing from school and, or foster care.

Police say many of the children who were located were victims of human trafficking.

The event was just the latest in a string of efforts by the federal government to rescue children who are at risk of human trafficking.

A sting on the sex-trafficking trade in the metro Atlanta area last week netted dozens of arrests and led to the rescue of approximately 160 children who had been forced to work as sex slaves.

Approximately 150 arrests were made in accordance with the Atlanta bust, known as Operation Safe Summer, and the children rescued, some as young as 3-years-old, were taken into protective custody.

President Trump’s battle against child sex trafficking, which he has made a priority in his administration, has resulted in thousands of arrests nationwide, mostly unreported by the mainstream media.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell says his officers will continue to work until the remaining missing children are located.

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PIZZAGATE EXPOSED: Seattle mayor just the latest to be exposed in child sex crimes since Wikileaks reveal

SEATTLE, WA — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Wednesday after the left leaning mayor’s cousin came forward to allege that Murray had molested him as a child.

Murray makes the eleventh city mayor to be implicated in child sex crimes (http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/13/at-least-11-mayors-accused-of-child-sex-related-crimes-since-2016/) since Wikileaks, the anti-secrecy group run by Julian Assange, leaked a wealth of documents belonging to the DNC in 2016 that purported to show a connection between child sex rings and high ranking politicians in the Democratic party (https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/). The release, later to be known as PizzaGate, was eventually blamed in part for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss to Republican challenger Donald Trump.

Former Ohio mayor Richard Keenan, also a Democrat, was sentenced to life in prison last April after being convicted of raping a 4 year old girl. As reported by WFMJ (http://www.wfmj.com/story/35230216/former-hubbard-mayor-richard-keenan-receives-life-sentence-for-child-rape), Keenan avoided trial for his crimes after pleading guilty to eight charges of gross sexual imposition, eight charges of rape, and four of attempted rape. Despite his guilty plea, Keenan claimed no wrong doing in the matter as he insisted that the four year old child was a “willing participant” in her rape (https://patch.com/ohio/cleveland/former-hubbard-mayor-charged-rape-claims-child-was-willing-participant)

Christopher Wright, mayor of Dawson, Georgia, was arrested in March after prosecutors say he raped a 12 year old girl and forced her to perform oral sex on him (http://www.wtoc.com/story/31244361/dawson-mayor-implicated-in-molestation-of-12-year-old).

In August, Anthony Silva, then-mayor of Stockton, California and self proclaimed “champion for children”, was arrested after prosecutors alleged he provided children at a camp for under privileged kids with alcohol and recorded them playing a game of strip poker (http://abc13.com/news/prosecutor-mayor-gave-alcohol-to-teens-played-strip-poker/1457787/).

In a case very much similar to that of Seattle mayor Ed Murray, Stillwater, New York Mayor Rick Nelson also resigned earlier this month after being arrested for possession of child porn. Nelson also faced a wealth of other related charges including that of child rape and sodomy of a minor (http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Embattled-Stillwater-mayor-faced-past-rape-12168099.php).

The arrests are just the latest in a quite war the Trump administration is waging on child sex crime. Trump, who vowed during his campaign to do all he could to protect children from child sex crimes if elected, has ordered Justice Department officials to crack down on loopholes that had allowed child sex offenders to escape justice in administrations past.

Within the first two months of the Trump administration, more than 1,500 pedophiles had been taken into custody according to published reports (http://www.worldtribune.com/unreported-1500-pedophile-arrests-have-been-made-nationally-since-trump-took-office/). The need to protect children from sex trafficking is an issue that Trump has clearly been passionate about.

“Got to do something about these missing children grabbed by the perverts. Too many incidents – fast trial, death penalty,” Trump tweeted on October 8, 2012, years before announcing his candidacy

Despite that fact, the mainstream media has continued to ignore the arrests.

“This should be one of the biggest stories in the national news. Instead, the mainstream media has barely, if at all, covered any of these mass pedophile arrests. This begs the question – why?” Liz Crokin wrote for Townhall.com on Feb. 25 (https://townhall.com/columnists/lizcrokin/2017/02/25/why-the-msm-is-ignoring-trumps-sex-trafficking-busts-n2290379).

According to Unicef, An estimated 1.2 million children are victims of child sex rings each year (https://www.unicef.org/protection/57929_58005.html).

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