A&E presents “Escaping Polygamy,” a new original documentary series that follows the work of three sisters who left the Kingston clan, a secretive polygamist group based in Salt Lake City, Utah known as the Order, as they help both loved ones and strangers break free of polygamy. The series follows three sisters – Andrea, Jessica and Shanell – who, over 10 years ago, bravely escaped polygamy. Now, their mission in life is to help other young men, women and children escape the abusive polygamous lifestyle into which they were born and raised, and manage their new lives on the outside.
Three sisters who escaped from the polygamous cult known as the Kingston clan as young women are now helping other young men, women and children to escape, preferring to face hell than spend another day inside.
Shanell's aunt Kathy has decided to leave the Order after having raised sixteen children under the umbrella of the notorious cult. Kathy's youngest daughter is now of age in the Kingston Clan and ready to be married off, so Shanell must intervene and get her family into hiding as quickly as possible.
Rachel is in desperate need of breaking free from the Order. Rachel's two sisters escaped the polygamous cult years ago and now Rachel wants to leave too. But Rachel is torn between leaving other brothers and sisters behind and losing her mother's love along the way. With an extremely small time frame, the girls must plan a quiet, middle-of-the night escape while Rachel's family sleeps.
A seventeen-year-old girl must flee from Utah to Nevada to escape from the clutches of polygamy and Utah's runaway laws. Having unsuccessfully attempted to escape before, Priscilla is adamant about leaving once and for all, but knows she needs the help of her friends outside the Order. With the threat of getting caught at any second by Order members or law enforcement, Priscilla's escape attempt must happen quickly.
Shanell receives a letter from her fourteen-year-old half-sister crying out for help and threatening suicide. The sister is struggling with her life inside the Order and desperately wants out by any means.
In the second season premiere, the women help one of their sisters escape, but the plan goes awry when they stop at The Order bank and face a dramatic confrontation about finances.
Two sisters get help to escape an FLDS polygamist cult in Colorado City, but things take a dangerous turn when the Bishop's office learns of their plan.
Part 1 of 2. The women help the daughter of an FLDS prophet escape from a remote South Dakota compound.
Conclusion. A snowstorm inhibits the team's efforts and the women fear they've been spotted while trying to help the daughter of an FLDS prophet escape from a remote South Dakota compound.
The women help a young man escape, but must confront his emotional mother after she makes a plea for him to stay.
The women help a young mother in an abusive relationship, but need to find her daughter before they can escape the FLDS cult, leading to a dramatic and emotional rescue.
The women help a mother escape a group that forces mothers to cut ties with children who have left, but must overcome other members assigned to watch her at all times.
Two siblings of Jessica and Shanell are tempted back to The Order by their father.
The father of a former member gets help when his daughter worries he is in danger under The Order's watch.
An insider provides a tip about a possible raid of The Order, but risks getting caught in the process.
Follow up with five people who left polygamous cults on Escaping Polygamy
Four escapees from polygamous groups share how they've adapted to the outside world. Yolanda has transformed physically yet is still troubled by the emotional effects the cult had on her, while lost-boy Ethan shares dark secrets about his dangerous addiction and life on the streets. Priscilla struggles to replace the family she left behind when she escaped as a child, and Shanell's younger sister, who unsuccessfully tried to escape, faces a life-changing court case.
Four people who left polygamy share their stories about life on the outside. Andrea and Jessica's younger sister Jennifer has a shocking new attitude towards The Order since her escape, while their brother Joe deals with his mother's death and finding a new family of "outsiders". Rachel Jeffs shares the truth about her father with FLDS women, and Amanda angrily confronts her mother Lorie about her drastic choices since leaving The Order.
Jessica and Andrea receive word from Jesse, a father desperate to escape the polygamous group known as the AUB--a group that all but forces their members into a life of polygamy. As Jesse and his family try to escape, an explosive secret about Jesse's dark past in the group is revealed and puts the entire team in danger. Suddenly everyone not only fears for the success of the mission, but they fear for their lives.
Jessica and Kollene must brave the threatening FLDS town of Colorado City, AZ when Suzette, a mother who escaped the infamous polygamist cult, reaches out for help to save the two daughters she left behind. After a cult insider reveals the eldest daughter's secret location, group members become suspicious as the team races against the clock in a risky, near-impossible mission to reunite a mother with her daughter.
Jessica and Kollene continue the dangerous mission of helping Suzette find her daughter, Rosie, who years ago chose the religion over her very own mother. Complications develop when they realize Suzette’s manipulative and potentially violent sister-wife is guarding Rosie’s every move. Meanwhile, Jessica takes a public and political stance against polygamy in a controversial hearing before Utah legislature.
Jessica meets with Raymond Jeffs, son of Warren Jeffs, the notorious leader and prophet of the FLDS polygamist cult. Raymond pleads for their help getting his only brother, Isaac, out of the group. The team quickly discovers the prophet’s son is being closely monitored by a group of FLDS men who are taught to fight outsiders at all costs, and tensions flare when the plan to break him out is exposed.
Jessica recruits Rachel Jeffs, daughter of notorious leader Warren Jeffs, to help FLDS member, Carole, to escape a "house of repentance."