Truckers Against Trafficking, an industry program to fight human trafficking, will be at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville.
The non-profit Chapter 61 Ministries started the project two years ago to educate and empower the trucking field to battle the problem on the job. TAT produces educational material for the industry to distribute to locations such as trucking schools and truck stops. The project seeks to inform the industry of the problem and how to recognize and report it.
A 2010 Congressional Research Services report stated human trafficking happens in the United States to U.S. citizens and non-citizens and in every state. About 17,500 people are trafficked to the U.S. each year for use in labor and the sex industry.
The initiative has produced a free DVD that includes interviews with the FBI, a prosecuting attorney, truckers who have witnessed human trafficking, victims and how the industry can help.
People who believe they may have witnessed human trafficking should call the national hotline at (888) 373-7888.
Transport for Christ will share a booth with TAT at the show from March 31 to April 2.