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Highway of Tears

To the locals of the area, the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) has been infamously known as the Highway of Tears.  A billboard outside Moricetown, British Columbia discourages women from hitchhiking along this remote highway which spans from Prince Rupert to Prince George & parts of Highway 97 south where RCMP have confirmed 18 unsolved disappearances of young women (some say the number is above 40).  These instances have involved women hitchhiking & being picked up by random strangers, never being heard from again until their remains are found left alongside remote logging roads in the vast wilderness of northern BC, some of them have yet to be found & the randomness of these crimes make them difficult to crack.  Hitchhiking is often utilized in this region where transportation is difficult & towns are spaced far & few.  Driving b/w Smithers to Terrace along this highway I encountered five hitchhikers, a practice that is unsafe for both men & women.  Of the 18 cases that have occurred since 1969, only two (as of August 2015) have been solved.  Besides this highway, it brings a greater awareness of Aboriginal women being murdered in Canada, at least 1,100 cases have been noted b/w 1980-2012.

Copyright: William L
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 12804x6402
Taken: 06/08/2015
Uploaded: 07/08/2015
Updated: 06/01/2019


Tags: highway of tears; moricetown; british columbia; highway 16; yellowhead highway
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