An event was held Sunday in Las Vegas focusing on combating human trafficking.
Both the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the national organization, Truckers Against Trafficking joined forces with the goal of educating truckers about how to fight the crime of human trafficking.
The Department of Justice estimates between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk every year of traffickers in the United States.
The event was designed not only to raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking, but also to educate the industry on what to look for if they suspect a human trafficking incident.
By educating the industry on what information is needed for local law enforcement and how to report any suspicions, it is the goal of both of these organizations to raise awareness and help end human trafficking.
ATA Chairman Dan England said that human trafficking is a $32 billion global underground industry and he said that the nations 3.1 million truckers offers a “great opportunity ” to help fight trafficking by recognizing when something terrible is going on and reporting it to the police
According to Police One, human trafficking does not appear to favor a particular city town or state. It can occur anywhere.
Although it can’t happen anywhere, it appears that many trafficking cases do occur at truck stops. For example, last year there were more than 100 reported cases of human trafficking in Oklahoma and many of those happened at truck stops.
So it makes great sense that these two organizations have joined forces and dedicated resources to educate and help combat human trafficking.
To learn more about recognizing human trafficking signals, Traffic signals: Cues and clues indicating human trafficking operations by Moe Greenberg is a great resource.