Who is Run 2 Rescue?
Shannon Forsythe is the founder of Run 2 Rescue along with private investigators, law enforcement, pastors and friends who each want to see as many trapped victims as possible rescued and restored. Run 2 Rescue is a non-profit organization formed to combat the growing crisis of sexual exploitation here in the United States. For the safety and security of the operations, team members and rescued victims, many details cannot be publicly shared.
How are you notified of traffic cases?
Run 2 Rescue is notified in various ways: sometimes through family members of victims, sometimes through law enforcement investigations, and even sometimes through press or online publications.
Isn't this some type of "cult reprogramming"?
Run 2 Rescue is all about - rescuing - those that are held captive against their will due to sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. Therefore, we do not hold victims against their will. Cults, and especially those that hold people captive, are a legitimate concern for Christians and those of us who cherish our God given freedoms. We do not force Christian indoctrination on the victims as a prerequisite for rescue nor is doctrine acceptance required for the survivors care. As a Christian organization we do aim to share the love of God through our words and actions as a part of the restoring process. Jesus said:
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed..." -- Luke 14:8
Aren't you just in it for the reward money?
Ugh, no. First, reward money is rarely offered. Second, Run 2 Rescue operates strictly on donations received and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all financial gifts are tax-deductible. Therefore, no payment is required for rescuing a victim held captive nor is reward money our motive for rescue. Our motive is to - Reach, Rescue and Restore - lives from sexual exploitation. There are many expenses involved in such operations and we would greatly appreciate any financial assistance you can offer at: http://run2rescue.com/donate.php
Where do victims go after they are rescued?
One of our first and foremost concerns is a victim's physical health and safety. While there are many similarities, each survivor's story is unique. They may initially require emergency medical care. In many cases, because these girls have been heavily drugged, drug detox may be one of their initial steps. The physiological hold some drugs have on these brave survivors is intense as their bodies scream at them to go back for more drugs. After the initial short term care, then family reunification and longer term care options are discussed and made available to them. * Please understand, many sex traffickers are very organized and utilize undercover informants who may also be online. They do this to access information about investigations to avoid prosecution and/or survivors' locations to recapture and/or harm them. For the safety of the survivors, we will not be able to release detailed personal information or care locations to the public. *
Don't these girls just want to be left alone?
Rarely, since many of those in the commercial sex industry are being trafficked through FORCE, FRAUD or COERCION. They have usually been trained and conditioned to answer law enforcement in such a way as to avoid incarceration. And we recognize that sometimes the missing want to escape dangerous or abusive circumstances at home, which is why we desire to provide a safe place of refuge for them as well. However, a victim's choice is a very important and sensitive question as it gets to the heart of Run 2 Rescue since it is a question of an individuals' will.
We see basically 4 categories of trafficked victims:
The first 2 categories are more easily addressed as child abductions, or sometimes known as "endangered runaways" but are usually considered "missing" children. However, according to the Department of Health and Human Services, if a person is under 18 and involved in prostitution, they are automatically considered a victim of sex trafficking. The sex traffickers will use some form of force, fraud or coercion on every victim to gain and maintain a grip on their lives. When a girl is over 18, the situation changes due to her potential choice in the matter.
Suzanne’s Law requires local police to immediately notify the National Crime Information Center if a reported missing person is between the ages of 18 to 21 since they are still considered at risk. The question becomes: is the victim being held against her will through force, like locked rooms, bars and handcuffs? Is the person being held through fraud, like deception or blackmail? Is the victim being coerced through fear for their lives / family's lives or addictive drugs? We attempt to navigate these dark waters and do all we can to help those in need, who recognize their crisis and want to escape their captors.
Can't these girls just choose to leave?
Often girls that have been captured, who then put up a fight, are subjected to being "broken" through repeated gang rapes and beatings until she loses the will to resist. Again, from the Department of Health and Human Services: "Sex traffickers use a variety of methods to “condition” their victims including starvation, confinement, beatings, physical abuse, rape, gang rape, threats of violence to the victims and the victims’ families, forced drug use and the threat of shaming their victims by revealing their activities to their family and their families’ friends."
How can I help or get involved in rescues?
Currently our primary need is prayer and financial support to see more victims rescued as Run 2 Rescue is only supported through donations. As for getting involved to volunteer, contact us to let us know where you are located, provide us some background information and we can look into what options are currently available. Thank you for wanting to help!!