This month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will conduct a three day initiative throughout the U.S. intended to combat human trafficking.
The CVSA’s three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative (HTAI) will take place from January 11, 2022 through January 13, 2022 in the U.S. In Canada, the HTAI will take place February 22, 2022 through February 24, 2022. In Mexico, the HTAI will take place March 15 through 17, 2022.
This is the first year for the HTAI, but the CVSA says that this will be an annual effort moving forward.
The purpose of the new CVSA program is to educate truck drivers, motor carriers, law enforcement officers and the general public about the crime of human trafficking, the signs to look for and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked.
During the three-day awareness initiatives, CVSA jurisdictions will note human trafficking awareness and outreach data and submit that data to the Alliance, the agency said.
“Human traffickers often use roadways as the mode of transportation for transporting their victims,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol. “Since our roadways are the ‘workplace’ for truck drivers, motorcoach drivers and commercial motor vehicle inspectors, they are in a prime position to make a difference in helping to identify potential victims of human trafficking.”
“Identification, and ultimately prevention, starts with education,” Capt. Broers added. “Through CVSA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative, we aim to equip drivers and inspectors with the tools they need to proactively serve on the frontline in our effort to end human trafficking.”
For more information on the CVSA’s human trafficking prevention efforts, please click here.