It is often very difficult to escape from a cult or to confirm that someone has joined one, which is where a Private Investigator can help. It’s even more difficult to get information about the practices of such organizations, and this is even more worrying because such groups very often have abusive and criminal practices.
If your loved one has suddenly cut off previously important relationships, is acting strangely after joining a new group, or has removed him or herself from the community and moved to a commune away from civilization, then your fears may be justified. Cults and sects are often led by charismatic, but mentally ill individuals who can convince recruits to join their cause, sometimes leading to substantial harm to themselves and the public.
Rescuing people from a cult setting takes highly specific skills in locating the target within the organization, communicating openly and honestly with the target and a certain amount of stealth to physically move the subject out of harm’s way, if they agree to cooperate.
Rescue operations are very touchy legally, since the smallest violation of the law can result in trespassing, assault or even kidnapping charges against the investigator, and potentially, their client.
Some cults will go to great lengths to keep their members, including psychological conditioning, coercion and even blatant threats. Other cults win the hearts of their members and foster love, respect and loyalty through free will. Regardless, it is always difficult to reach the subject either physically, due to limited access, or emotionally, due to cult loyalty or brainwashing.
If the target can be successfully compelled to leave the cult, getting them away from the facility and back to safety can also be a challenge. Many cult members have renounced their identities and have discarded crucial documents, such as passports and identification, making travel, especially internationally, very difficult.
Flatirons Private Investigations has the knowledge, tools, and experience to successfully help with Cult Rescues and Cult Investigations. Our extensive surveillance skills and equipment help us to legally document the subject and collect vital evidence to be used with their case.