Cheers! The Abolitionists

Cheers! The Abolitionists

Today Renee and I are cheering for a cause we believe in.

It makes our stomach churn and is uncomfortable to talk about.  BUT it is too important NOT to bring your attention to it.

What is this epidemic? Child sex trafficking.

Today we are cheering for The Abolitionists Movie and the heroes fighting for these children.

There are over two million enslaved children forced into the sex industry.  This is a story about their rescue and the team’s exploits as they investigate and liberate enslaved children from around the world.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke

Save The Children | The Abolitionist Movie

On December 10th, 2013 Special Agent Tim Ballard turned in his Homeland Security badge and resigned from his employment with the United States government. He had spent over a decade rescuing children from child sex tourism both domestically and overseas.

These children constitute over 90% of the children lost to child sex slavery and he could do nothing to help them while in the employment of the US government.

Renee and I had the life-changing opportunity to watch “The Abolitionists” a couple months ago.  We sat next to the heroes who were risking their lives on the screen.  Watching their faces during the movie and seeing how committed they are to this cause was life-changing for us.

We knew we wanted to help but we didn’t know how. Until now.

WE CAN ALL DO SOMETHING.

The Abolitionists is a movie that will bring this desperate problem to the attention of the masses. But only if the masses go and see the movie.

On May 16th, 2016 The Abolitionists is being released in limited theaters.

Help fill movie theaters! Share the movie with your friends, family, coworkers and community.

If enough people buy tickets, more theaters will open up and more people will join the fight. We need to send a message to Hollywood that this should be a top priority for people and governments around the world.

Educate yourself on Operation Underground Rescue and their mission to rescue these lost children.

We need every single person to help end this.

This is the time for change.  Stand up for what is right.

Become an Abolitionist.

If you want to do something now, share this article with your friends and family.

It costs you nothing but could save a life.

About The Author

Alison

The kitchen is definitely my favorite place in any home. I love cooking but I also love how it brings people together. Although we lived in different cities growing up, I consider Sugar City, Idaho to be my hometown. Now, my husband and I live in Meridian, Idaho with our three not-so-little kids. My life is filled with good food, friends, and family—and it’s even better when I can find a great deal!

49 Comments

  1. Lana

    This topic is incredibly hard to swallow. You are right, thinking about it makes my stomach churn. I have three littles of my own. I commend you for bringing light to child sex trafficking and not letting it be hush hush.
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  2. Amy Scott

    Good for you for posting this. I will say I hadn’t heard of this release but I am glad! What a terrible world we live in these days. In Europe, this disgusting ‘practice’ is so prevalent, it makes my heart heavy. How are we not doing more to protect these little lives?!

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  3. Jacqui Odell

    This makes me sick at my stomach. I would like to think stuff like this doesn’t happen, but it does.

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  4. Carol Cassara

    This is a subject very near and dear to my heart. I’m going to check and see if it is playing in my area this weekend. Such a great message to promote!
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  5. Carrie

    It definitely makes me sick to my stomach. I’ve never heard of this before. I will have to look more into it. This is definitely a great message to promote.

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  6. Andrea

    Sadly, these things are going on – and even worse? People (many times) are too busy wrapped up in the Kardashians to care about anything outside their immediate homes!

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  7. rebecca

    I was surprised to see it is showing at several theaters in my area unfortunately though with only one showing per day. Very important topic. I hate that it really takes lots of people coming to the theater to get a reasonable amount of showings of independent films and documentaries.

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    • Alison

      I know! I hope that there is enough interest that theaters will be playing it more than once a day.

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  8. Dunja

    This makes me sick. I hate how evil people can be and do such horrible things to innocent children. Thanks for spreading the world, i’ll watch a movie and tell everyone i know to do the same, we can’t be indifferent when it’s about this topic.
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  9. Stella the Travelerette

    These are such sad stories. I’m a teacher and it scares me to think of what happens to children who don’t have anyone looking out for them, like my lucky students do. Thank you for sharing the information about this film. I’m sure it will play in NYC because basically every movie does.
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  10. Kalliopi Sakellariou

    What is wrong with the world. Really. I cannot even think of this cruelty. I cannot even believe that this is an issue , my mind denies. Sometimes I wish I would wake up and every darkness would be gone.

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  11. KatR

    Unfortunately, child trafficking and slavery is nothing new. I truly hope that some sort of resolution comes about that will put an end to this horrible injustice.

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  12. Courtneylynne

    Ughhh hearing these types of things make me sad. I live in a bubble and it definitely is a wake up call when I hear these things.

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  13. Bella

    It is so sickening to think that this is happening. This is a great project to make a real difference.

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  14. karla

    Thank you for spreading awareness about opportunities to help. So disgusting and ugly – but people need to know it’s happening.

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  15. lalaine manalo

    This is such a horrible reality. God bless you for bringing light to such an important issue.

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    • Alison

      Thanks so much! It is so horrible but at least we can do something.

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  16. Joanna

    This is a very hard topic. It reminds me of my trip to Vietnam… I was having a beer with a local when we saw on the other side of the street a group of girls, no older than 14, all wearing make up and provocative clothes. He told me that they will have sex with foreigners for money, and that they come to Saigon from the small poor villages of the countryside, in order to make money. And some are event sent by their parents…. and this feels so sad…. 🙁

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    • Alison

      Oh, that is so tragic and heartbreaking that some girls are put in those positions out of necessity. I hope we can stop this one day.

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  17. Laura H

    I’d never heard of this film before but it sounds like a fantastic movie for a great cause. Will be letting people I know know about this release! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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    • Alison

      Thanks Laura! That is awesome!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Shanna! I definitely stand behind this message and hope that someday we can stop it altogether!

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  18. Valerie Robinson

    It’s a very difficult, yet necessary topic to discuss. It truly sickens me to know that this happens so frequently!!!

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    • Alison

      Yes, it is so hard to talk about but I am grateful that people are willing to.

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  19. Jessica

    Reminded me of a report I did before on child sex tourist. Education is the key and movie like this can contribute a lot. I adore your stance on this topic.

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    • Alison

      Thanks Jessica! I agree education is everything. Hopefully, we can figure out a way to stop this!

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  20. Roxy

    What’s really shocking to me is how much of an issue this is even in the US. I’d love to see this movie and hope that it’s playing near me.

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    • Alison

      I hope you can find it close to you! It is so scary!

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  21. Jasmine Watts

    This makes me sick to my stomach. I’ve never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Alison

      It is horrifying, right? I can’t believe this is happening in 2016.

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  22. Lisa Rios

    Child sex trafficking is a horrible thing that is happening almost in every corner of the world & The Abolitionists movie is a wonderful idea to bring attention of the same to the outside world. I believe we all could stand united against such horrible reality happening around us.

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  23. ROBERT LEE

    This reminds me of a movie I watched based on a true story of how a UN worker fought white slavery (prostitution) in a country under the auspices of UN… and how it was the people who work for the UN were also involved in the trafficking. The one I am talking to, I can’t remember the title of the movie, was not related to child trafficking, but it is still trafficking. I will be on the lookout for this one!

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  24. Berlin

    This is a horrible truth and its just sad to know that there are individuals doing something totally disgusting to others especially the younger ones. Sometimes it makes me think if they have children of their own or they just dont care.

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  25. sabine

    wow this is sad. I didn’t expect this at all. These poor children, what are humans cruel with each other. Unbelievable, I have no words. Good post to raise awareness and also for this movie. xo http://www.sofarsosabine.com

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  26. Kusum

    It is such a deep and heartbreaking topic. I have read and heard so much about it that it makes me feel dizzy. Thank you for sharing your point of view on this and supporting a cause.
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  27. Nicole Escat

    Movies with advocacy aside from entertainment is a great movie because it gives voice to those featured in the movie and a great way to make people be aware of something that we should stand for

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  28. Rodanthi Dimou

    I have recently read a book about trafficking and moderm slavery (it was in Greek, so I can’t recommend it to you) and I really lost my sleep over this matter. It’s unbeleivable how many children are being abused in so horrible ways all around the world. I haven’t watch this movie, but I will try to find it and watch it. Thank you.
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  29. Klaudia

    I am gobsmacked !!! First of all , I never expected anything but another delicious recipe from you two , you have done that so perfectly well ! You damn sure get attention , a great idea of you both to create awereness . Of course I will absolutely share this post ! Thanks for speaking up ! Looking still forward top your next summerly sweet little ‘deli’ 🙂
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  30. Style With Tina

    Wow! It’s sad and sickening. I’m glad to hear there is a movie shining on this situation. Hopefully it makes people more aware. Thanks for writing this article!

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    • Renée

      We hope lots of people will go and see it tomorrow Tina, thanks!

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  31. Orana Velarde

    This is such a terrible and horrible part of our world it makes my blood boil. I am with you one hundred percent and will share the post so more people will know.

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    • Renée

      Thanks so much for your support Orana.

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  32. Ten

    This kind of movie is a wake up call to us. And also F*ck the Government who doesn’t do anything on Human Trafficking and sex slave. Thank you for sharing this one. Hope to show this also in our country.
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    • Alison

      I know! It is so hard. I hope it can help bring enough attention to make a difference!

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  33. Audrey Kidwell

    Thank you for sharing about this topic. I think so many people choose to ignore the problem rather than trying to talk about it.

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    • Renée

      Thank you Audrey, we can help and support the effort to spread awareness. Hope you get a chance to see the movie too!

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  34. Dominic Barrios

    Shared this post on my facebook wall. And yes, I agree that everybody needs to support this cause. Looking forward to see this movie hit the theaters here in the Philippines. But even if it hasn’t been released here yet, just want to say kudos to the team that did this movie and hopefully, a lot of people will be able to be aware now about this.
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    • Renée

      Thank you Dominic for spreading the word and for your support.

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