Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Operation Whale Watch - A Successful O.U.R. Mission
Based in Utah, Allegis Wealth Advisors works closely with clients to help them achieve financial stability and security and offers tools to financial and investment advisors. Allegis Wealth Advisors gives back to the community through its support of key charitable organizations, such as Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), which seeks to liberate victims of human trafficking and prosecute perpetrators.
One of the organization’s recent successes was Operation Whale Watch in Latin America. This campaign rescued 24 young women, including one minor, and resulted in the arrest of five traffickers. Because of the one minor, these individuals face between 15 and 30 years in prison.
Before the mission was attempted, it was classified as high risk for several reasons. The traffickers involved with the ring were professionals with strong connections to organized crime. Furthermore, the perpetrators were armed, and the local police provided little to no help because they were on the payroll of the crime ring. Before attempting a mission, O.U.R. works with U.S. embassies and the federal government to identify hurdles, such as local police being compromised.
Despite the high-risk nature of the mission, it paid off immensely and put a sizeable dent in Latin American human trafficking.