The Michigan State Police (MSP) Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED) announced this week, the agency is teaming up with Truckers Against Trafficking to crack down on human trafficking.
In addition, the Michigan State Police CVED will be working to “educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat human trafficking,” MSP said.
“As the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways, this initiative is calling on the trucking industry to help in the fight against human trafficking by reporting any suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center,” said Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of CVED. “We want to educate and create awareness among the trucking industry on the basic issues involved in human trafficking.”
Truckers Against Trafficking is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works with truck drivers, truck stops, police municipalities, etc. to educate about and combat human trafficking.
Beginning Feb. 1, 2015, the MSP CVED will:
- provide human trafficking awareness training to all MSP motor carrier officers;
- train district coordinators to work directly with truck stop managers to present training to carriers and make direct contact with truck drivers;
- distribute 17,000 TAT wallet cards and other materials to truck drivers, carriers and travel plaza managers; and
- provide TAT posters to the Michigan Department of Transportation to place in all Michigan rest areas and welcome centers.
The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has established a special unit to prosecute human traffickers. Additional information can be found by visiting www.michigan.gov/humantrafficking.
For more information about TAT, please visit http://truckersagainsttrafficking.com/ and for additional information on the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, visit http://traffickingresourcecenter.org/mission.