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Billings pair plans travel to Iraq to highlight ISIS human trafficking

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Britney Higgs and Ryan Mix will go to Iraq to interview victims (MTN News photo) Britney Higgs and Ryan Mix will go to Iraq to interview victims (MTN News photo)
Visibly Unseen is an all-girl group working to end human trafficking (MTN News photo) Visibly Unseen is an all-girl group working to end human trafficking (MTN News photo)
It's a dark currency, a sale of souls.

Human trafficking happens around the world and the terror group ISIS has a monopoly.

ISIS is the largest buyer and seller of people on the planet.

Now Visibly Unseen, a Billings group working to end human trafficking, is going to Iraq to interview victims of human trafficking in order to highlight the carnage left behind by ISIS.

Britney Higgs and Ryan Mix are going to Iraq to interview female victims of ISIS's human trafficking because they say these women need a voice.

"My heart has always been to bring a voice to the voiceless," said Higgs. "And that's one thing we will get to do in Iraq is interview women who have been sex trafficked by ISIS. And really bringing their stories back home."

Stories of stolen men, women and children sold and traded in the midst of a war zone.

Higgs and Mix hope to return home with a souvenir for change.

"We need to get out of our comfort zones here in America and help our brothers and sisters somewhere else," said Mix.

"God's got this," said Higgs. "He's got such a huge plan for us and we can't explain this but we just know 100 percent that this is what we're supposed to be doing."

Due to the high-risk nature of the trip, Higgs, the only woman going on the trip, plans to dye her blonde hair dark and wear brown contacts.

Both Higgs and Mix will wear coverings over their heads to hide their identities.

They cannot disclose the exact locations and dates they will be traveling due to safety concerns.

Higgs and Mix will travel with the non-profit All Things Possible Ministries to bring back video interviews from women who have lost everything.

"Female perspective is really what's driving this whole operation," said Mix. "So just having someone of the same gender speaking on their behalf, speaking to them opens up a new world for them to be able to communicate with someone who understands potentially what they've gone through."

A week and a half abroad, Higgs says, will give them time to collect stories and bring them back to Billings to make a change locally as well.

"Women and children and men are being trafficked right here in Billings and our huge focus is to bring attention to that as well," said Higgs.

Higgs said the group hopes to have the interviews put together in a documentary type format to share with others by the end of the Summer.

Visibly Unseen is fundraising for the project and you can learn more here.

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