Truckers training to stop trafficking

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

semitrucks at truck stopTruckers are being recruited to fight against human trafficking.

Ashley Smith of Truckers Against Trafficking says women and girls flowing into prostitution are often placed in locations frequented by truckers on the nation's highways.

"Traffickers as a whole, they are looking for areas where they believe there will be men that are away from their families, maybe they have free time on their hands, or they have extra money," Smith explains. "So that could be at truck stops; that could be at hotels and motels."

Sports events or anything that draws large crowds are also seen as prime locations.

Smith

So Truckers are being recruited to help by getting trained to spot trafficking victims and reporting instances to a trafficking hot line.

"Truckers can see how they might see this crime and how powerful they are in being reporters of the crime," says Smith. "We also have accompanying wallet cards that really outline the crime -- what to look for, who to call -- and then window decals that we can mail to anybody free of charge."

Human and labor trafficking has been identified and reported in small towns and large cities in all 50 states. 1,014,367 drivers have completed the training, and 2,692 have made calls to the national hotline, resulting in 1,296 victims being identified so far.

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Are elections in your state well-protected against voter fraud – or is election reform needed?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Chamber of Commerce seeks end to Biden anti-work incentive
Texas becomes the latest state to fight election fraud
It's confirmed...major plunge in California population numbers
Police: 29 people recovered from semitruck in Texas
Israeli troops kill 2 Palestinian terrorists

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Dems after bad jobs report: More spending is answer
Media suddenly focused on inflation after D.C. spending spree
NY AG: 'Net neutrality' comments to FCC faked
White House admits it tries to keep Biden from probing reporter
Cori Bush slammed for referring to mothers as 'birthing people'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Dems holding hand grenade called Black Lives Matter

BLM logo Black Lives MatterBlack Lives Matter, praised by the media and supported by Democrats, is now Joe Biden's problem to deal with, says a conservative black activist.