“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
I recently attended an advanced press screening of the movie The Abolitionists. I did not want to see this movie. It deals with a subject that is so unfathomable and so evil that it makes me sick and breaks my heart more than anything else ever has. I was adamant that I would not attend this screening because I didn’t think I could handle it. I thought I would be traumatized for life. I thought I would never, ever be able to get the images and feelings out of my head and heart.
I was right. I will hold onto the images and feelings that I felt while watching the movie. But I was not traumatized, and I did handle it. But even more importantly, I came away with a firm resolve to do something about it.
The movie is about the sex trafficking of children and one organization’s quest to stop this modern day slavery.
Tim Ballard, a former CIA and Homeland Security agent leads this organization (called OUR–Operation Underground Railroad) and puts his life on the line to save these children. He, along with his team of former Navy Seals and others, goes undercover to catch the evil perpetrators of this crime, and to liberate the children who have been horribly victimized.
In The Abolitionists, we see Tim Ballard and his team through the lenses of hidden cameras. We see the deals they make with the traffickers. Money is exchanged. Then the sirens blare and the sellers of the souls and bodies of these helpless children are arrested.
No violence is shown against children in the movie, and there are no graphic images. Children who are interviewed have their faces hidden.
This film is meant to be educational. So many people have no idea this is happening, even in America. But there are an estimated two million children around the world who have been kidnapped or sold and forced into sexual labor. This is simply unacceptable.
Jerry Molen is one of the producers of The Abolitionists. He also produced the movie Schindler’s List, which has a haunting parallel to The Abolitionist. In both movies, a single man (along with other brave associates) comes up with a daring plan to save those who are enslaved. At the movie premier, Mr. Molen asked what would have happened if people had known about the concentration camps in 1941. The world would have been incensed. Strenuous efforts would have been undertaken to liberate the Jews. Mr. Molen said that the trafficking of children is the new Holocaust. We have to let people know about it now so that it can be abolished.
The Abolitionists is a movie that will bring this desperate problem to the attention of the masses. But only if the masses go and see the movie. It is being released on May 16 in limited theaters. If enough people buy tickets, more theaters will open up, and more people will join the fight. We need to send a message to Hollywood that this should be a top priority for people and governments around the world.
I had read about Tim Ballard and Operation Underground Rescue previous to this movie. The problem of child trafficking overwhelmed me with sadness, and I never dreamed that I could do anything to help save these children.
After watching The Abolitionists, I know I was wrong. I CAN help these children. I can get the word out. I can donate money to the cause so that OUR can rescue more children and train more governments. Contrary to what I could have ever imagined, the movie left me with a feeling of hope. Eradication of this unspeakable evil is possible, and you and I can be part of this soul-saving liberation.
I feel called to this cause. I am an abolitionist.
Ten percent of the net proceeds of this blog are donated to Operation Underground Railroad. To find out more and make a direct donation, please visit https://ourrescue.org/