Modern-day slavery, or human trafficking exists whenever people are bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Around the world, it is estimated that there are over 40 million slaves today. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.
While illegal, human trafficking is a booming business. Traffickers recruit out of our schools, online, in shopping malls, as well as the streets and other locations. A large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children. Many of them are used in the sex industry. They are the prostituted people on the street and in private homes, and in legitimate businesses such as restaurants, truck stops and motels. They need to be identified and recovered.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking, bus and energy industries to combat human trafficking.
Their goals are to:
- Saturate trucking and related industries with TAT materials.
- Partner with law enforcement and government agencies to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking.
- Marshal the resources of our partners to combat this crime.
Truckers Against Trafficking instructs and trains their drivers to watch out for telltale signs of potential occurrences, such as a young person's lack of knowledge of their community or their whereabouts; not having personal ID, not being allowed to speak for themselves, and demonstrating a demeanor of fear, depressions, submissiveness, or anxiety.
Any time they see a minor in a suspicious situation, they are encouraged to call the National Hotline and report what they see:
1-888-3737-888 in the United States
1-800-222-TIPS in Canada
Thank you to this organization who is making calls and saving lives!