Survivor organizes 5K benefit to combat human trafficking

Survivor organizes 5K benefit to combat human trafficking

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Dozens gathered at Wheeler Park for the first ever, "Voices in the Dark" 5K Walk and Run.  Proceeds from the event go to No Boundaries International, a non-profit organization that combats human trafficking.

"We just can't believe that someone who has personally experienced human trafficking and is on the other side of it, is partnering with us to make a difference, right here in this area," said Lori Basey, President of No Boundaries International.

Rachelle Small, a survivor of human trafficking, organized the benefit race.  Small says she chose Wheeler Park for the 5K because of its location next to I-40.

"I-40 is one of the major highways in Oklahoma where trafficking occurs daily," said Small.

Small was lured into the human sex trade after she graduated high school.  She escaped seven years ago, and now works with organizations like No Boundaries to help people who are still entrapped.

"There are people out there who have hope, and want to transfer that hope over to them," said Small.

As runners and walkers follow the trail along I-40, Jara and Rodney Wilson lead a large group wearing matching t-shirts with their daughter, Jaray's picture printed on back.

"We're still getting Jaray out there to let people know that she's still missing and we still want her home," said Jara Wilson.

Jaray was last seen on October 15, 2012.  The Wilsons say Jaray kept in touch with her family and friends for a week after she left home, but then all communication stopped.  They believe Jaray is being held against her will.  Based on the witnesses investigators interviewed, the Wilsons believe Jaray could be a victim of human trafficking.    

"They said that there was a possibility that she had been sold into human trafficking here in Oklahoma City," said Jara.

As the Wilsons mark the one year anniversary of their daughter's disappearance, Small says she wants her event to bring their family hope.

"I'm supporting them, while they're waiting for her to return home," said Small.

Jaray was 16-years old when she went missing.  She is 5'2", 95 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair that was dyed black.  If you know anything that can help, call Custer County Sheriff's Office at 580-623-1616 or 911.

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