Edward Smart from O U R
April 4, 2015•18 min
Most people don’t know there are more slaves today than at any point in history. Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, is merging his efforts to fight human trafficking through the Elizabeth Smart Foundation with those made by Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) (http://www.ourrescue.org/), a non-profit organization that specializes in rescuing children held by traffickers around the world and arranging for their captors’ arrests by local law enforcement agencies. The merger has been a no-brainer, Smart says, considering what O.U.R. has done in a short amount of time. •More than 265 enslaved victims of sex trafficking, mostly minors, are free due to O.U.R.’s rescue efforts. •One hundred and twenty-three of these victims were liberated in three highly dangerous, simultaneous rescues in Colombia in a one-hour period in October 2014. •These numbers are actually much higher when you consider that O.U.R. has dismantled several trafficking organizations and created a deterrent effect.