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.
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