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Run to help girls fleeing sex trafficking

Area runners and walkers can help girls and women who have been victimized by sex trafficking by
taking part in the RESCUE RUN 5K run/walk on Oct. 13 at the Terry Trueblood Reserve Area by Sand
Lake in Iowa City.
The Rescue Run seeks to unite people, organizations and businesses toward the common cause of
ending human trafficking. According to the United Nations, about 2.5 million people from 127 countries
are in some form of forced servitude, including sexual exploitation.
Helping to combat that is Rapha House, a Christian organization that seeks to love and help girls and
women who have been victimized by the sex trafficking trade in Southeast Asia, the United States, and
soon, Haiti.
“They seek to ‘love, rescue, and heal’ women and children affected by sex trafficking,” said Lillian
Meyers, the head organizer of the Rescue Run who has worked with Rapha House. “Their safe houses
are equipped with counselors, social workers, and educators to provide these young women with the
possibility of a very bright future. For many of these victims, it is the first time they have had a purpose
and been loved by parent figures.”
It costs $30 per month to sponsor a child through Rapha House, whose name comes from the
Hebrew word for “healing.” Children and women who have been victimized are helped through the
organization by being provided a place to live, receiving an education and learning a trade away from
the sex industry.
The cost for pre-registration for the run at the Terry Trueblood Reserve Area, 4213 SE Sand Road in
Iowa City, is $30 per runner, with all proceeds benefiting Rapha House and their efforts to end human
trafficking in Iowa, the United States and beyond. The cost includes a T-shirt, with prizes given to the
top runners. Registration on race day begins at 8 a.m.
To pre-register by Oct. 1, go online to therescuerun.blogspot.com and click on the pre-register link.
For more information about Rapha House, check out their website at www.raphahouse.org.


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