Human Trafficking Awareness

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May 25th is National Missing Children's Day And this year marks the 3rd annual awareness campaign 'Ribbons & Headlights' that runs throughout the month of May. The Truckers Missing Child Project created this annual campaign to raise awareness of the continuous fight against human trafficking and missing children, specifically in the transportation industry. The goal is to “bring awareness to missing children as well as to show America that we as truck drivers and the motoring public do care about the cause.” During the month of May, and especially on May 25th, participating carriers and drivers drive with their headlights on and decorate their truck with yellow ribbons, representing missing children, and blue ribbons, representing those children who have died. Motorists are also invited to participate in the campaign. Dugal Trimble started the Truckers Missing Child Project as a way to spread notices about missing children across the nation, using Facebook as a major platform for sharing the word with other truckers and groups. Trimble shares alerts from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in order to keep growing human trafficking awareness in the trucking community. To join in the campaign and help spread the word, like the Truckers Missing Child Project Facebook page. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...
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Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day But for many truck drivers, human trafficking is something that they are working toward eliminating throughout the entire year. Human trafficking - a form of modern-day slavery - is an issue that is still very relevant both globally and in the United States. Human trafficking is an issue that affects men, women, adults, minors, foreign nationals, and U.S. citizens. "The scores of truckers carrying freight across America see and hear a lot on the road, so they're in a position to notice when something at a rest stop doesn't look right. That's why people who fight sex trafficking of underage kids are enlisting drivers to help" (NPR). Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is just one example of the ways in which truck drivers are fighting against human trafficking today. TAT is a 501 (3)(c) with a mission to "educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking." The TAT Shipping Partners Program encourages shippers to work with their trucking and transportation companies to become TAT trained to identify potential human trafficking situations and know what steps they can take to report the incident. There are many resources available that provide information and help for both witnesses and victims of human trafficking. Here are just a few: Polaris Project - a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. They partner with organizations to take action against human trafficking through things like their fellowship program. Shared Hope - established by U.S Congresswoman Linda Smith. Their mission is to eradicate sex trafficking through prevention, restoration (sharing stories of hope for victims of sex trafficking who are trying to restore their lives), and justice. They provide an interactive state report card so you can see what your state is doing to help the cause. The Truckers Report - points to a number of measures happening in specific states, such as case studies and truck stop initiatives, and highlights ways truckers are spreading awareness and taking action. National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)- a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. They provide a widely-publicized hotline for victims, witnesses, and those needing more information or help that is open 24/7. NHTRC Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 For more information on human trafficking efforts, check out the National Human Trafficking Referral Directory for available local services by searching for a city, state, or zip code. Have a topic or suggestion for a blog post you'd like to see? Let us know! Email us - blog@amtransportonline.com...