Ep. 1 – Hunting Predators with Tim Ballard


Tim Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, has gone undercover in the U.S. and abroad to successfully infiltrate dozens of child trafficking organizations while rescuing countless children from human traffickers and pedophiles. He spent more than a decade working as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and deployed as an undercover operative for the U.S. Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. Tim left his government post to form Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), an organization that works with law enforcement to free victims of human trafficking and exploitation, and then works fervently to break the cycle.

Tim is an expert at managing Internet investigations, particularly those dealing with file-share networks where pedophiles and traffickers go to trade child sexual abuse material (CSAM). He has trained hundreds of law enforcement officers and has testified before the U.S. Congress on best practices to liberate children from sex slavery. 

Sound of Freedom, a recently produced motion picture starring Jim Caviezel (The Passion of The Christ), recounts Tim’s journey from being a government agent to rescuing children around the world.

The Marisol Nichols Podcast is a thrilling new true crime show that follows the daring, real-life exploits of actress Marisol Nichols. Follow as she operates, off-screen, as a licensed informant and contracted undercover operative, assisting global law enforcement in infiltrating the $150 billion per year human trafficking industry. 

Marisol Nichols (RIVERDALE’s Hermione Lodge) has spent years working undercover without her Hollywood pals knowing much about her adventures away from TV & Film production sets.

This no-holds-barred program takes you behind the scenes inside secret operations to break up child sex-trafficking rings and explores how she applies her acting skills to establish a mindset before immersing herself in these dangerous situations. Marisol analyzes the latest technologies used by human traffickers to lure their victims, reveals the tactics used by the good guys to fight back, and provides an up-close look at the global battle to preserve innocence.

You’ll meet Marisol’s Hollywood friends who have joined the fight while gaining insights from experts on the front lines. You will hear about the challenges faced, the failures, and triumphs encountered on this emotional journey. Don’t be surprised if you are inspired to #JoinTheFight.

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00:00 Introduction to Modern Day Slavery
01:58 What to expect in The Hollywood Vigilante podcast
02:59 Introduction to Tim Ballard
04:16 How Marisol Nichols met Tim Ballard
06:01 What is O.U.R and how did it start (Operation Underground Railroad)
14:08 How O.U.R works with the government and law enforcement agencies
18:21 How does Marisol Nichols work with Tim Ballard
22:50 Police force reactions when Marisol Nichols showed up
23:44 Undercover training of Marisol Nichols
28:02 Undercover operation call during the set of Riverdale
32:24 Marisol Nichols as an undercover agent in other countries
33:13 Behind the scenes of undercover operations
43:45 Success stories of OUR’s After Care program
46:39 What can you do to help

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