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Truckers key to Preventing Human Trafficking

by Charlotte Freed | Jan 18, 2019

Truckers Against Trafficking
January is National Slavery and & Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and professional truck drivers are in a unique situation to help prevent these horrific acts.

Human Trafficking is often described as modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or act.  A staggering 18,000 individuals are trafficked into the United States every year, and more than 300,000 children are trafficked within the United States annually. As these numbers grow each year, traffickers exploit our nation’s highways to illegally move individuals.

Organizations like Truckers Against Trafficking are equipping the nation’s truck drivers to be the eyes and ears of the road. Through educational materials, professional drivers are learning to identify the signs of trafficking and how to report suspected occurrences at truck stops or elsewhere on their routes.

Centerline urges drivers to know the signs of trafficking:

  • An individual is not in control of their ID/passport
  • An individual is not allowed to speak for themselves
  • An individual is dropped off at a truck and picked up 15-20 minutes later
  • Signs of branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name
  • A van or RV that seems out of place

Remember – never confront a trafficker. If you suspect you are witnessing a crime, contact law enforcement or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

If you are interesting in learning more about how you can help prevent Human Trafficking, visit Truckers Against Trafficking to get started.

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