The goal of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is to mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking by helping us put our wallet cards in the hands of every trucker in America; have our upcoming TAT-training DVD made part of orientation for all truck stop and travel plaza employees, all students of private and public trucking driving schools, all truck drivers employed via major carriers or owner/operators; and have TAT posters posted in all truck stops, rest areas and truck carrier break rooms across the United States. And then, once equipped with both awareness of the problem and education, when human trafficking is suspected, call the national hotline number of 1-888-373-7888.
A first-of-its-kind training DVD on human trafficking and the critical role members of the trucking/travel plaza industry can have in fighting it is now available, free of charge.
“Because human trafficking becomes a costly, dangerous and relevant safety issue when it intersects with truckers and travel plaza employees, we hope trucking companies, travel plazas, truck-driving schools, state associations and national trucking associations will consider making this DVD a part of their orientation and training for all employees,” said Kendis Paris, a national coordinator for Truckers Against Trafficking. “While it’s longer than the 10 minutes we originally thought it would be, every minute is loaded with powerful images and education. It should be extremely useful for the trucking industry as they engage in this battle along our nation’s highways.”
The DVD features interviews with the FBI, a prosecuting attorney, truckers who have seen human trafficking taking place on their routes, a trafficking victim rescued from a truck stop through the call of a trucker, actual footage of prostituted women at a travel plaza and information on concrete ways members of the trucking/travel plaza industry can fight this crime in the course of their daily work. It was produced by iEmpathize, an arts and advocacy non profit (www.iempathize.com) that creates opportunities for people to explore and engage in issues of injustice.