Glenn Beck told his audience Wednesday that they helped raise $300,000 in a single day to combat child sex trafficking, and that thanks to their efforts, two Operation Underground Railroad jump teams have already been deployed to rescue victims.
It started Tuesday when Beck spoke about how shocked he was when a longtime friend revealed he was actually a federal agent who travels internationally to rescue children from horrific sex rings. But while the government is doing noble work, Beck's friend said it is not doing as much as it can, and so he joined forces with former CIA, FBI, Navy SEALs and Green Berets in a group called Operation Underground Railroad to rescue the children legally, but without the holdups and bureaucracy of government work.
"Glenn, your listeners have done it. We made over $300,000 yesterday because you talked on the air and your listeners reacted," Beck's friend wrote to him in an email. "Because of the money that your listeners sent, we have already deployed two jump teams to rescue victims. That's how fast things can happen. I was ecstatic last night when I was able to call the father of a trafficked child who is a U.S. citizen, kidnapped and taken to Haiti. He is only 7 years old."
Beck said Operation Underground Railroad has known where this child is, but did not have the resources to rescue him until now. The child was kidnapped during a Sunday school church service.
The boy's father, identified only as "Gus," also sent Beck a letter thanking him. Fighting back tears, Beck read the letter on his radio program:
Glenn and audience - thank you. Before you go to sleep at night, do you have to check on each of your sweet children? Do you have to know that they are safe and sound before you close your eyes? I do. It is why I have not slept since my son was taken. I walk the streets each night, I walk aimlessly through different neighborhoods each night trying to hear his cries. I come home and sit on my porch until I nod off for a few minutes. Then when the sun comes up, I go to work in my orphanage. I can't sleep in my bed so long as my boy is not in his. I can't explain the pain. Months ago I saw some light when I was introduced to Operation Underground Railroad. They came to my home, they met with me, and they began to investigate...And now...They're coming back, because you and your listeners sent them. Thank you. God bless you and your audience. May God bless you forever. We will find him. I know he is still alive.
Beck reiterated his urge that listeners donate to Operation Underground Railroad, saying he thinks it is one of the most "remarkable and good" things he has ever seen.
"So you know, I am -- this is just a friend of mine. I am not involved in this charity," Beck said. "I have nothing to do with it other than I believe in the man who is running it and I believe in the cause. OperationUndergroundRailroad.org. We will bring you updates as time goes on. And when we find Gus' boy, we will bring him home. And I know Gus will want to meet you.
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