Truck rest stops are the hot spot for human trafficking at the crossroads of America. “Traffickers “sell” their victims – girls and boys as young as 11 or 12 – at truck stops, travel plazas and rest stops because they are convenient said Kendis Paris, the head of the group Truckers Against Trafficking, transient populations frequent them who are less likely to rescue the victims.” The organization Truckers Against Trafficking trains members of the trucking community what to pay attention to, such as an SUV that drops off several young women or CB chatter about underage girls.
“It’s a matter of taking an industry and turning them into abolitionists,” Paris said. “They’re going to see things that most of the general public does not. This is a crime that literally comes knocking on their doors.” (watch the documentary video after the break)
Truckers Against Trafficking in partnership with iEmpathize engages the trucking industry in the fight against child sex trafficking and exploitation. This initiative exists to inspire and enlist the over 3 million US truckers to become watchmen/woman for trafficked children along the US highways and truck stops. The media is paired with TAT training materials and wallet cards for the truckers. The media is featured by trucking companies, safety directors, at driving schools, trucking shows and expos, etc.
Human trafficking, a term for modern-day slavery, is a $32-billion worldwide industry with more than 27 million people enslaved. It has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands. source: Truckers Against Trafficking
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