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 was living in Portland, Oregon 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, was beaten and threatened, but eventually sought help from her family and escaped.
She has taken to the freeway again. This time she and other women dedicated to the cause are holding signs that read i5exit.com. The signs lead to a website with information about human trafficking. The I-5 Corridor is known as the “West Coast Track”, trafficking victims from Washington down to Mexico.
“We wanted to take I-5 and flip it. Use it for awareness, use it for good,” Colleen said. “Maybe a survivor will visit the website and get the resources she needs and the help she needs.”
Learn more at the KGW TV News article: Survivor aims to stop I-5 sex trafficking.