“Highway of Tears”.
Were they abducted?
Prince Rupert, on British Columbia’s west coast, home to old world forests and breathtaking ocean scenery is the genesis of missing and murdered women and teens.
Somewhere between the idyllic, seaside community and 1,500 km east to Edmonton, Alberta, fleeing travelers meet their fate. Do Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert women, destined for a better life or to visit relatives fall victim to errant killers who disposed of their bodies in the wilderness? Or are they prey to human traffickers?
Similar tragedies occur throughout Canada and the United States with traffickers moving victims from city to city, either leasing them to sexual deviants or selling the women, men, and children outright, often to criminally operated agricultural syndicates.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Karen Winthrop has been promoted to Inspector and leads the crack team of investigators which brought down international money laundering and cocaine drug lords in Vancouver Secrets; Retired Secret Service Agents Rebecca Simpson, Elisabeth Peltowski, Jackson Pennington & Jason Spencer, Surrey (British Columbia) Police Department’s Ann-Marie Clark, and Santa Barbara Police Detective Elise Pelfini. Joining the investigation are former Secret Service supervisor, Canadian attorney Jessica Fukishura, California Bureau of Investigations Joselyn Washington and Vancouver (British Columbia) Police Department Detectives Treena Barton & Charli Gagnon.
Inspector Winthrop’s multi-national task force traces missing women and teens to a global source of traffickers, the epicenters of which are in Langley, British Columbia, Toronto, Ontario, Tampa Bay, Florida and Salinas, California. The detectives endure blowback from wealthy farmers determined to maintain the status quo.
The syndicates’ efforts are met with force from the female detectives bent on rescuing captive women and children while creating safe houses for those escaping domestic or sexual violence.