The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) shared results from a new three day program designed to combat human trafficking.

The CVSA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative took place January 11 — 13 in the U.S., February 22 — 24 in Canada, and March 15 — 17 in Mexico.

The purpose of the event is to educate commercial motor vehicle drivers, motor carriers, law enforcement officers and the general public about human trafficking.

The CVSA shared the following results for the three 72 hour programs:

  • 35 jurisdictions participated.
  • 2,460 individual law enforcement officers/troopers/inspectors participated.
  • There were 163 reported events (possible indicators of human trafficking or documented cases).
  • 13,274 wallet cards were distributed.
  • 6,355 window decals were distributed.
  • 1,818 presentations were delivered.
  • There were 640 media contacts

“The fight to end human trafficking does not end now that the three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative has concluded,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “We remain fully committed to educating the public, every day of the year, about the crime of human trafficking, the signs to look for and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked. Our ultimate goal is to eradicate human trafficking entirely.”

This is the first year for the CVSA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative.

Next year’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative is scheduled for January 9 — 13, 2023, in the U.S.; February 20 — 24, 2023, in Canada; and March 13-17, 2023, in Mexico.

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