Trucking Moves America Forward has launched an online awareness and educational campaign to highlight the trucking industry’s unique position to help stop human trafficking.
During the month of January, TMAF will use its Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn presence to offer facts and education about the widespread national crime and how the trucking industry can help.
“Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery taking place in every state across the country,” said Kevin Burch, co-chairman of TMAF and president of Jet Express Inc. “With 3.5 million professional truck drivers on America’s roads, the industry and truck drivers are in a valuable position to help identify and report possible human trafficking cases. It’s important that drivers and all members of the public know the warning signs for trafficking and are empowered with the knowledge on how to report suspicious behavior.”
The goal is help raise awareness of the human trafficking problem in this country and provide drivers with a list of the warnings signs of trafficking and a hotline to identify and report suspected activity.
“The trucking industry and individual truck drivers are invaluable in the fight against human trafficking,” said Elisabeth Barna, COO of American Trucking Associations, TMAF executive committee member, and a board member of Truckers Against Trafficking. “Truckers are the eyes and ears of our transportation system, which allows them to close the loopholes that traffickers exploit for their own personal gain. TMAF is helping to raise awareness and educate truck drivers on the important role they can take in stopping human trafficking.”