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The new box office hit “Sound of Freedom” stars Jim Caviezel and shines a light on the horrors of the global trafficking industry.
However, rather than applaud the film for shining a light on the horrid practice, the media has taken the opportunity to smear it as a part of a QAnon conspiracy theory.
Tim Ballard, whose story the film is based on, joins Allie Beth Stuckey to set the record straight.
Ballard is anti-sex-trafficking advocate and former special agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He has conducted multiple rescues of children who have been kidnapped and sold.
While Ballard was working cases in Colombia and Haiti in 2012, he made the tough decision to continue working on these cases rather than keep his job with the U.S. government.
These cases are what “Sound of Freedom” is based on, and according to Ballard, ended up being “the largest rescue operations” that we know of in Columbia.
In the film, Ballard says “all the good guys are real, all the bad guys are real, all the kids are real.”
“These are all true stories, with liberties taken, of course — but what happens to these kids is actually what happened to them — or worse, frankly.”
Stuckey asks Ballard what he thinks of all the media backlash from left-leaning outlets.
“It’s the most bizarre reaction by the left,” Ballard says, “this was never supposed to be political. These are real children, and they’re having a hard time.”
Ballard notes that while the media continues calling it “QAnon,” it never actually goes into what parts are “QAnon.”
“Where’s the part where Tom Hanks and Hillary Clinton are drinking the blood of babies or there’s underground cities?” he jokes.
Despite the never-ending backlash, Ballard stands behind his message for the critics.
“You are not hurting me or Jim Caviezel, if that’s what you think you’re doing. By disparaging this film you are hurting real children who want their stories told,” Ballard says, continuing, “you’re further abusing them by pretending that their story is somehow a conspiracy theory.”
“It’s grotesque,” he adds.
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