Human Traffic Watch

Survivor aims to stop I-5 sex trafficking

In Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on February 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

For many people, Interstate 5 is a highway to work, but for one survivor of sex trafficking, it was a highway to hell.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, was living in Portland and was homeless when a relative said he could help her. He ended up selling her on the streets instead. He would drive her all over the West Coast using Interstate 5.

“Colleen,” as we’re calling her, eventually sought help from her family and escaped, but she left behind many other women who didn’t have that kind of help.

On Friday she took to the freeway again – only this time, she will be holding up a sign to try and stop human trafficking.

Watch: campaign begins

“I tried to leave a couple of times. That’s when you get beat. That’s when you get hurt. That’s when you get dragged by your hair. That’s when they teach you a lesson. They beat you up so badly you can’t leave,” she told KGW.

Source: KGW


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