Over the past several years faithful Mormon Tim Ballard has brought much attention to the topic of human trafficking via his work with Operation Underground Railroad and the new movie “Sound of Freedom.” During Ballard’s fundraisers he often invokes his LDS faith as the foundation for his anti-trafficking. One possible problem with Ballard’s Mormon-based anti-trafficking advocacy is that the founder of his religion – Joseph Smith – would very possibly qualify by today’s standards as a human trafficker. In today’s episode we use The Nauvoo Expositor – published by LDS Church 1st Presidency Member William Law – as the jumping off point to explore the question: was Joseph Smith involved in human trafficking? Joining us will be Julia Sanders, Nemo, and Samantha Shelley.
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