Central Oregon, Rural Areas “Sweet Spot” for Human Trafficking

Farewell Bend ParkHuman trafficking happens 365 days a year in every zip code in America, even Central Oregon. According to local survivors of human trafficking, Central Oregon is a “sweet spot” for recruitment due to the naivete of community members to the realities of human trafficking. Teens are particularly vulnerable.

Come hear how In Our Backyard intercepted HT in partnership with law enforcement surrounding the Super Bowl in Minnesota and is linking arms everyday with schools in Central Oregon and convenience stores nationwide to stop this atrocity. Deepen your understanding of the vital role we all play in stopping human trafficking in our backyard!

On the heels of their 10-day anti-trafficking operation with law enforcement surrounding the Super Bowl, In Our Backyard is hosting a free public event, entitled: Intercepting HT: the Super Bowl, Convenience Stores, Schools & YOU. The event will be held on February 22nd at 6:00pm at St. Charles, Bend (2500 NE Neff Rd., Conf. Rm. A). For more information: 541.639.5008


Locally-based nonprofit, In Our Backyard works to educate and prevent on human trafficking in our community. ”I have witnessed firsthand how traffickers draw unsuspecting youth into a life of unimaginable control, abuse, and trauma – they are master manipulators for sheer profit,” shares Executive Director and Founder, Nita Belles “we can all have a part in stopping this atrocity!”


About In Our Backyard

In Our Backyard (IOB), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit links arms across our community and our nation in the fight against human trafficking. Through more than a decade of dedication to this issue ‒ from rescue to restoration ‒ IOB has collaborated with top law enforcement, survivors, government officials, social service providers, and faith communities as the key to creating comprehensive, lasting change. Focus areas include prevention of human trafficking through partnerships with local schools, victim outreach through Freedom Stickers placed in restroom stalls, and training to convenience stores, law enforcement, service providers and the general public. IOB raises awareness of human trafficking, brings justice to perpetrators by advising on legislation, connects survivors with services, and conducts anti-trafficking efforts surrounding large events like the Super Bowl. Our vision is a world where all people are empowered to live in freedom. For more information, please visit

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