My blog this week is about a cause that I care deeply about. What is so sad is that it’s happening every single day and right under our noses. I’m talking about Human Trafficking, the 21st Century form of Slavery.
Conservative estimates state that 17,000 to 17,500 people are trafficked into this county every year. These are staggering numbers and the greater majority is women and children. The United States Department of Justice approximates that between 100,000 to 300,000 American kids are at risk of entering the sex trade each year.
Truckers are a valuable resource against this heinous crime and can continue to make a significant difference. In cases reported by truckers referencing trafficking, approximately 62% involved potential minors in sex trafficking situations. The most common type reported by truckers was Pimp control sex trafficking and of those reported 58% of the calls referenced trafficking.
Just being alert and watchful could save someone from a life of horror. Keeping your eyes wide and being watchful of those around you at truck stops, restaurants, rest areas, anywhere that are hot spots for truckers is an easy way to be vigilant. Anything that looks suspicious probably is and should not be ignored.
Join Truckers Against Trafficking and help combat domestic sex trafficking. Click the link below to learn more. This site has been created to inform truckers and other travelers of the basic issues involved in human trafficking and a summary of ways you can help.
If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, pick up the phone and call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1.888.373.888.