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Teen Leads Group Battling Human Trafficking While Triking Across the Country

Ryan Juntti
Updated: May 14, 2018 10:44 PM

15-year-old Lindsey Yoder of Illinois, is currently in the Northland after making her way across the country on her trike to fight against human trafficking.

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"It could very easily have been me in their (victims) situation," said Lindsey Yoder. 

Lindsey Yoder is leading a group of five trikers, including three other teens to the Canadian Border. She is accompanied by her mother Regina, brother Kyle, sister Krista, and cousin Jackson.

The group started down at the Mexican border on April 4, traveling through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa on their way to Minnesota where they stayed in Duluth over the weekend.

"There have been times where we've all just cried because we've just been at the end of ourselves," said Regina Yoder.

But then they remember why they are doing it in the first place.

"When we really think about the victims who are out there, they don't have a choice to stop. We feel like stopping because we don't like the situation we're in, and they don't have that choice, and that's the thing that keeps us going," said Regina Yoder.

Regina says Lindsey has raised a total of $6,000 in the trek across the country.

Last year Lindsey walked from her hometown of Arthur, Illinois to Nashville, Tennessee where she raised $40,000. Lindsey's goal is to raise a total of $195,000 to help 30 girls that have been victimized by human trafficking.

The money goes to Hope for Justice, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates trafficking victims.

"I can't save the world, but I can bike across America to help other people who are trying to save the world," said Lindsey Yoder. 

Lindsey says she was first inspired to fight against the issue of human trafficking after watching a movie about it on her 14th birthday.

The trikers have traveled nearly 1600 miles as of Monday morning. The journey for the trikers resumed Monday afternoon, as they were headed to Gooseberry Falls to stay the night at a cabin.

During the trek, the group averages about 60 miles a day while enduring rain and hazardous road conditions while her mother drives behind them for safety.

The group expects to arrive at the Canadian Border on Wednesday.

You can follow Lindsey's mission on her Facebook page and website.

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Ryan Juntti

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