Truckers are Saving Lives
At Lee Trans we know that truckers have big rigs and big responsibilities. They literally carry the weight of business and commerce. When it comes to standing up for victims of human trafficking truckers have an even bigger opportunity to help counter a serious crime that threatens families across the nation.
Human trafficking is slavery and it involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor, usually sex, for money. Each year millions of individuals, mostly young women and children are victims of trafficking. The department of homeland security estimates that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational crime. This vile crime is often hidden as victims rarely come forward to seek help and as the public generally prefers to believe that it is not occurring on our own streets.
Lee Trans is eager to share the work of Truckers Against Trafficking, a non-profit organization dedicated to combating this crime and saving lives. TAT works to inform members of the transportation industry and other travelers of the issues involved in human trafficking by educating drivers in the many ways they can help.
Putting the brakes on trafficking
The TAT empowers truckers as the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways. Professional drivers are in a unique position to make a difference and close loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system. Many trafficked victims are prostituted on the street and in private homes as well as in legitimate businesses like restaurants, truck stops and motels. These innocent people need to be identified and recovered.
Truckers Against Trafficking is active in all 50 states, has testified before congress and recently received the highest Image Award from the American Trucking Association. Upon reception of this prestigious award Kendis Paris, TAT executive director, said, “From the beginning, we asked the trucking industry to become part of the solution for the crime of human trafficking; and this is no easy thing. It requires that they recognize their own intersections with victims, buyers and traffickers and turn those encounters into opportunities to report this crime. They have done just that. Truckers, industry executives, manufacturers, truck stop operators, CDL instructors and so many more have stepped up in immeasurable ways, and, as a result, lives are being changed.”
Join Lee Trans and Truckers Against Trafficking in standing up for victims and saving lives on our roadways. Find out how you can support TAT on their website.