Monday, March 4, 2013

Hollywood stunt man and retired Marine featured in incredible true documentary "Kidnap & Rescue"

Ty Ritter in "Kidnap & Rescue" on Discovery Channel

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Child sex traffickers target California foster
Children – enter PROJECT CHILD SAVE

A new study released this week by the National Center for Young Law finds child sex traffickers target California foster children and now state officials plan to act immediately to improve protection. This comes as no surprise to retired U.S. Marine Ty Ritter, who with his volunteer squad of Navy Seals, Green Beret and Marine Recon Special Forces team retrieves child victims from all over the world.

“We rescue children, who have been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery,” explained Founder Ty Ritter,
PROJECT CHILD SAVE. “A few years ago, I was working for a high profile individual when his friend’s daughter was kidnapped and I got very, very lucky and brought her back. But I couldn’t have done without our team, they make me look good,” he said. “That’s how we got started.”

 The study - Ending Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Call for Multi-System Collaboration in California found that, "Worldwide, human trafficking is a $32 billion industry, involving 100,000 children in the U.S. The FBI has determined that three of the nation's 30 High Intensity Child Prostitution areas are located in California. Studies estimate that between 50 and 80 percent of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) are or were formally involved with the child welfare system.
“Unlike the way we parents grew up, it’s a whole new world out there and parents need to take extra precaution with their children,” explained Ritter, who insists the Internet has made it easier for child snatching. “Don’t close the door when your child is Online, and those Nanny Nets don’t work.”
The new report on child stealing was authored by Fellow and Attorney Kate Walker, at the National Center said, "Every day, the unthinkable happens: thousands of America's children are coerced into performing sex for hire.
“Exploitation can start as young as age ten,” she said “Some exploited children are brutally beaten and raped. Others are isolated, drugged, and starved until they become ‘willing’ participants. Yet, these children are regularly arrested and held in juvenile detention facilities even though they are victims of crime.”
Four of the report's key recommendations highlight the urgent need for:
1. Safe, secure and specialized homes for exploited children and children at risk
2. New screening tools to help professionals working with children identify both victims and children at risk
3. Special training for "child serving professionals and systems to identify and support vulnerable individuals
4. Increased data collection and information sharing to promote collaboration across systems and raise public awareness
The report offers several solutions of expediting response time, protection and agency collaboration. The Report will be presented at the Child Welfare Council's quarterly meeting on March 6th at the Administrative Office of the Courts in San Francisco

Project Child Save is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping prevent child abductions and kidnapping through education and public awareness campaigns. Ritter's incredible true story has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

“When these heinous acts are perpetrated against our children, Project Child Save, through it's international network, finds these abducted innocents who have been taken against their will and sold into slavery, and retrieves them, returning them to their loved ones," said Ritter

Every year thousands of children are taken from their homes and sold into sexual slavery. Most of these children are teens or pre-teens, and few ever make it back to their families. Ritter said the reason is simple - money. “Slavery is a lucrative business, and the cost of rescuing abductees is beyond the means of most. Average families can't afford these costs, so they remain helpless as their loss overshadows the rest of their lives. We leave no child behind, and it’s usually more than one, too.” For Tyler and his nonprofit visit:

About Ty Ritter
Ritter, a Burbank, CA native,  is the youngest of three boys. His Dad was a rancher and a camera technician/electrician, who worked for most of the motion picture studios, but primarily for RKO and Republic. His mother was a nurse who became a housewife.

Ty began his military duty as a junior Drill Instructor and soon after he was assigned to the 1st FSR (1st Force Service Regiment Marine Corps Unit) and sent to Vietnam.  In Vietnam, Ty bodyguarded dignitaries, couriers and high ranking officers. Ty returned to civilian life and worked for a Las Vegas casino owner.    He also did flat track motorcycle racing at Ascot and worked on and off with Bud Ekins. With the help of Steve McQueen (a regular at Ekins' motorcycle shop), Ritter began stunt work. He has received the prestigious Lifetime Appreciation Award from the City of Hope for his devotion to the safety and recovery of children. 

Ty started his own bodyguarding business specializing in high risk bodyguarding cases where clients had been subjected to death threats and attempted assassinations. Ty's bodyguarding work has taken him all over the world.
"When I'm on a recovery, it's when I really feel alive." Ritter has received the prestigious Lifetime Appreciation Award from the City of Hope for his devotion to the safety and recovery of children. For more about Ty Ritter and how you get involved visit:

During his career, Ty has bodyguarded royalty, Pat Buchanan, during his presidential bid, Bernie Cornfeld "The king of Europe's cash", Hal Lindsey, CEO's of major corporations and scores of celebrities, from Sylvester Stallone, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Hutton, Kirk Douglas, George Michael, The Beach Boys and The Doobie Brothers, to Joan Crawford, Linda Evans, Robert Mitchum, Bob Hope, Doris Day, Paul Anka, Rick Nelson, Angie Dickinson and many more. 

Ty founded Project Child Save, a 501c3 non-profit organization, which is dedicated to the prevention of child abduction through public awareness campaigns (Ritter lectures, has published "My Body Is My Own", a complete child protection handbook. He has been a guest on Dr. Phil, Rita Cosby, and Geraldo to name a few talking about finding and rescuing kidnapped children, who have been sold into sexual slavery. Ritter and his elite team have conducted countless missions. To date, his organization has rescued more than 300 children, worldwide, each extraction executed with stealth, safely and successfully.

For more about Ty Ritter and how you get involved visit:  

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