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Former Special Agent Shines a Light on Slavery Then & Now in New Book with Foreword by Mike Tomlin

When the Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin found out about the estimated 20-30 million people worldwide trapped in slavery, with six million of them being children, he knew Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) was a cause that he could get behind.
Tomlin has written the foreword for O.U.R. founder and CEO, Timothy Ballard’s upcoming book, titled Slave Stealers: True Accounts of Slave Rescues-Then and Now. During Steelers training camp, Tomlin and Ballard will be speaking further on their partnership and the book.

To learn more about their partnership, check out this brief video.


Two stories, more than a century apart . . .

In the 1800s American South, Harriet Jacobs is enslaved and tormented by a cruel master. He relentlessly attempts to force her into a sexual union, and, when rebuffed, he separates her from her children and spends a lifetime trying to coerce her and then recapture her when she escapes to freedom. Jacobs outwits her tormentor and eventually reunites with her children, works in the cause of abolition and reform, and helps newly freed slaves with education and aftercare.

In 2009, Timothy Ballard encounters a grieving father in Haiti whose three-year-old son has been kidnapped and sold into slavery along with thousands of children who were orphaned after an earthquake devastated the country. He pledges to track down the missing child and leaves his job at the Department of Homeland Security to establish Operation Underground Railroad to infiltrate black markets in human trafficking, liberate victims, and provide a comprehensive aftercare process involving justice and rehabilitation for survivors.

Slave Stealers alternates these two riveting stories, weaving them ¬together to expose the persistent evil of trafficking and sexual exploitation that has existed for centuries and ¬inspiring us to find a way to end it. Filled with heartbreaks and triumphs, miracles and disappointments, hair-raising escapes and daring rescues, this gripping book provides insight to this terrible evil and the good that can be done when caring people step up and stand in the light. (From Amazon Click Here for More Information)

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