The Minnesota Trucking Association has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking to thwart illegal sale of children and youths for the sex trade industry, association chair Joyce Brenny says.
Because MTA members travel areas where human trafficking occurs, they are in a unique position to combat the problem, Brenny says.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 100,000 “ 300,000 children are at risk every year to traffickers in the United States and that many children, teens and young women are sold into the sex trade.
The nonprofit trafficking outreach started three years ago and now has webinars, a training DVD and classes and a national hotline number to call to report trafficking suspects. Truckers Against Trafficking recognizes that members of the trucking industry and individual truckers are invaluable in the fight against this heinous industry. They created a website to inform truckers and other travelers of the basic issues involved in human trafficking and a summary of ways you can help. We invite you to travel through this website and learn how you can join this worthy cause and save lives.
For your convenience, we’ve embedded the short training video from TAT that shows truck drivers what to look for when it comes to trafficking, and how to take action. Have a look, and pass it on!