INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Thousands of people are heading to Indianapolis this week, and it's not only to attend Super Bowl festivities. Volunteers are there, working to stop human sex trafficking. Among them is Theresa Flores.
She grew up in northern Indiana, and she's a survivor.
"I think of all those other girls out there that don't have a voice, that can't do this," she said.
When Flores was 15, her family moved from northern Indiana to Detroit.
"I was targeted by a group of guys, and one of them had just offered me a ride from school one day. I was excited, but he didn't take me home," she recalled. "He took me to his house, and he offered me a pop that was laced with something, and proceeded to rape me."
His cousins took pictures as blackmail, and the rape continued for two years.
"They threatened to kill my family if I told anybody," Flores said. "In my head, I was just trying to earn back those pictures so that nobody knew, and earn my life back."
Flores got out when her family moved, and she now has dedicated her life to putting a stop to human trafficking. She worked with hundreds of volunteers from across the Midwest on Wednesday morning at Camp Camby. They were preparing for what she has called the SOAP, or Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution, Project.
The volunteers came from as near as Zionsville and as far as Michigan and Ohio to add messages to packages of soap: the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
By the time Super Bowl week is over, they will pass out 30,000 soaps and 2,000 lip balms to downtown hotels.
They're also passing out pictures of missing or endangered children who they believe could be brought to Indianapolis for Super Bowl week.
"We're trying to offer them an option, a way out," Flores said.
Indiana's governor signed a bill earlier this week making it easier to prosecute anyone who forces kids into the commercial sex trade.
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