According to a state judicial branch, Minnesota has the third highest rate of child sexual exploitation in the country.
Local group Action 169, a non profit organization, is working to combat sex trafficking, including along 169.
The Fairmont based organization specializes in faith based prevention, intervention and restoration services for victims of addiction and abuse.
The group connects with community members through public speaking engagements, church fundraisers and most prominently billboards, according to Danielle Freitag, Executive Director for the organization.
Since it was founded in 2014, Action 169 has helped over 400 local victims of the sex industry Several have found safety at the Rose House, a restoration home that provides resources for recovery, according to Freitag.