Truckers Against Trafficking Helps Victims
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), is a nonprofit organization that was created to combat domestic sex trafficking through education, mobilization, empowerment, and equipping members of the truck driving industry and workers of travel plazas. Human trafficking is a major problem in the US; incidents have been reported in every state.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under the age of 18 years” (Sex Trafficking Fact Sheet). The goal of Truckers Against Trafficking is to focus on those who work in the trucking transportation system who encounter those workers of the sex trade commonly known as lot lizards who are underage and forced into prostitution. By providing educational materials and raising awareness to human trafficking, TAT is working diligently to reduce the stigma and occurrences of this type of modern-day slavery.
Work of the Truckers Against Trafficking
The TAT group is active in providing several types of materials for trucking companies, truck driving schools, and travel plazas, as well as state and national trucking associations. One of the products the Truckers Against Trafficking has produced is a free training video that addresses human trafficking and the underground sex trade in the US. This educational video can be viewed online via the Truckers Against Trafficking website.
Truckers Against Trafficking have designed wallet size cards that are available in multiple languages. These cards are free and are downloadable from the TAT website where you can print the cards. Truckers Against Trafficking Posters are available in either English or Spanish, also printable from the TAT website. The goal of Truckers Against Trafficking is to have these informational posters displayed in truck stops, rest areas, travel plaza break rooms, restaurants, and restrooms frequented by truck drivers or travelers.
In keeping with modern technology, Truckers Against Trafficking has designed a free app for Windows and Android phones. Anyone including truckers and travel plaza workers can contact someone at TAT anonymously 24/7 with information regarding human trafficking. The app provides you with a direct link with a hotline that will give you information for identifying a sex trafficking scenario. You can also use the app to report sex trafficking incidents.
What TAT Is Doing to Help
Truckers Against Trafficking has partnered with the truck plaza company TA for the Everyday Hero Event 20102. This first annual truck stop awareness program is going to be hosted in Knoxville, Tennessee on May 23, 2012 off Interstate 40 on Exit 369. Plan to attend to attend this event to learn more about the work of TAT, while you enjoy music from DJ Squared and the country duo Outta the Blue. Free food is to be provided by the Smoke Shack BBQ along with free drinks and door prizes.
If you are unable to attend the Everyday Hero Event, you can request the attendance of the Truckers Against Trafficking national director or two national coordinators who will provide interviews, strategic planning, and public speaking. Contact Kendis Paris, the TAT director, at 720-202-1037 or via the Truckers Against Trafficking website to set up a meeting.
Lastly, the TAT has taken their cause to the seas by partnering with Carol’s Travel Time. This cruise is traveling from New Orleans to the Western Caribbean from October 28 to November 4, 2012. Truckers are encouraged to attend the cruise. Part of the ticket proceeds will be used by Truckers Against Trafficking to educate and prevent human trafficking. This will be a wonderful way for truck drivers to take a break from the wheel, while they are serving a great cause.