Friday night
’s 5k event in Vernal was a success and will help at least one child escape the horrors of child sex trafficking. The Vernal Rescue Run had 197 participants and between the 5K and raffle drawings a total of $3,156 dollars was raised. The entire amount will be donated to Operation Underground Railroad, an organization of modern day abolitionists who free children from trafficking around the world. The organization released a progress report this month sharing that from January through June of this year they have rescued 771 victims and arrested 451 traffickers. In the last six years, Operation Underground Railroad has rescued 2,603 victims and arrested 1,365 traffickers around the world. The local effort to raise money for the organization has a team of over 20 volunteers who start their planning for the 5K every year in the fall.