Rest Stop Rescues Mar09

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Human Rights – Young women working in the sex trade have found their knights in shining armor, except these knights are more likely to be wearing trucker hats and flannel. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a newly launched campaign working to educate drivers on how to protect women working in sex trade at truck stops, and potentially help them escape that life.

A half hour long video trains truckers on how to identify a prostitute and encourages them to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline if they come into contact with trafficked workers.

“Truckers are the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways and can make a substantial difference in this fight,” Kendis Parits, National Director for TAT National told 9News in Colorado.

According to TAT their goal is to “educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.” Wallet cards and posters are available on the organization’s website. TAT also partners with local law enforcement to aid in the investigation of the industry.

Human trafficking is a $32-billion worldwide industry that often involves young women and teens. Between 2004 and 2009 the FBI conducted a series of stings which found children as young as 13 being forced into prostitution at truck stops.

Find out more about Truckers Against Trafficking here.

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Truckers Against Trafficking Training Video

Truckers Against Trafficking (28:11) from iEmpathize on Vimeo.

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