Truckers are stepping up the fight to stop human trafficking

By Lyn Thompson, Claremore, OK, Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking

Since Truckers Against Trafficking, also known as TAT, began working with the trucking industry in 2009 to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members to fight human trafficking in their own arena – along the roads, highways and interstates of America – members of the trucking industry have stepped up in force to engage those responsible for this egregious crime.

And, importantly, truckers are making the calls that are leading to arrests and rescues. On the TAT Facebook page, truckers often report incidents they’ve seen and calls they’ve made. Some recent examples include a trucker who called in suspected sex trafficking in Kansas, a trucker who reported a suspected trafficking incident in Pennsylvania, and another who called in an incident involving four underage girls being trafficked in Alabama. Another trucker called the cops on a pimp/trafficker, and the pimp was arrested. One trucking company official contacted TAT concerning possible trafficking with one of his drivers and a minor.

Here’s an interesting fact. In their last quarterly report, Polaris Project, which runs the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, stated that between Jan. 1 and Oct. 10, 2012, they received “193 calls from callers identifying as truckers and that, to date in 2012, truckers rank 14th out of 38 different caller types for all calls. They rank eighth for calls referencing potential human trafficking.”

On behalf of TAT, we want to thank all the professional drivers who are looking with a keener eye at activities along America’s highways and in areas familiar to them. You are truly making a difference. LL

Editor’s note: OOIDA is now an official partner in the TAT initiative. See more information on Page 34.