The Abolitionists

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The Abolitionists
The Abolitionists poster.jpg
Directed byDarrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas
Produced byMcKay Daines, Darrin Fletcher, Chet Thomas
StarringTim Ballard, Laurie Holden, Mark Mabry, Krista Rykert
Music byTim Jones
CinematographyTristan Whitman
Edited byMike Chenoweth
FletChet Entertainment
Distributed byFathom
Release date
  • May 16, 2016 (2016-05-16)
Running time
87 min
CountryUnited States

The Abolitionists is a 2016 documentary film by Darrin Fletcher and Chet Thomas about a sting mission orchestrated in Colombia by the independent Operation Underground Railroad jump team, led by former U.S. Homeland Security Special Agent Timothy Ballard, countering child sex trafficking.[1][2]


The film was developed first and foremost as a compelling reality television series but as the first episode was being editing it began to take on its own life as a feature film, with seven episodes of the television series also being completed.


Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 91% based on 179 user reviews. The site's critic, NYC Movie Guru reads: "Spellbinding, gripping and eye-opening. Bravo to directors Darrin Fletcher and Chet Thomas for bringing Tim Ballard and the human rights issue of child sex trafficking to light"[3] The Abolitionists premiered on May 16, 2016, and sold out 500+ theaters all across the United States.


No.TitleDirected byOriginal release date
1"Operation Yvrose"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
2"Operation Boca Chica"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
3"Operation Open Doors"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
4"Operation New World"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
5"Operation Triple Take - Part I"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
6"Operation Triple Take - Part II"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA
7"Operation Searching For Gardy"Darrin Fletcher & Chet ThomasTBA


  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel (19 October 2014). "'Walking Dead' Actress Helps Rescue Colombian Sex Slaves". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Smith, Candace; Pinedo-Burns, Aristides (22 October 2014). "Rescuing Children From Colombia's Sex Trafficking Trade". ABC News. Retrieved 3 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Documentary Roundup". Retrieved September 9, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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