The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has formed a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers and mobilizes members of the trucking and truck plaza industries to combat domestic sex trafficking.
Speaking at the organization’s Safety & Security Division annual meeting in Indianapolis over the weekend, TCA President Chris Burruss announced that his organization is already making full use of its powerful Truckload Academy On-demand (TAO) education and training platform to prepare drivers and others to recognize and report such activities.
Sex or human “trafficking has been reported in all 50 states. The Department of Justice estimates that anywhere between 100,000 to 300,000 of America’s children are at risk of entering the sex for sale industry every year. Trafficking often occurs where young girls, and sometimes boys, can be easily moved from city to city and forced to engage in commercial sex along the way.
TCA has developed a test that all interested parties (not just truck drivers) can take to obtain the designation Certified Trucker Against Trafficking, or CTAT. The questions are based on a half-hour video that outlines the scope of the human trafficking problem and what to do when someone encounters it. There is no cost to become certified, and everything is available through TAO (www.truckload.org/TAO). The training and testing also will be offered on-site at the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), Aug. 22 through 24, in Dallas, Texas.
Additionally, TCA will ensure that its member companies have access to TAT materials, which include awareness posters that can be displayed in company break rooms and wallet cards that promote the National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888. These items are available in English, Spanish, and French Canadian. When suspicious activity is spotted, a simple phone call to this number could help authorities rescue an enslaved victim.
For more information, visit www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.