TAT, WIT start program to combat human trafficking

| May 22, 2014

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) and Women in Trucking (WIT) are looking for 25 women drivers to participate in a three-month pilot program handing out lip balm bearing a special message to girls and women who might be human trafficking victims.

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To harness this potential for female interaction, TAT and WIT are launching a three-month pilot to run from July 7-Sept. 30. If successful, the program has the potential to expand across the United States with an unlimited number of drivers participating. Participating drivers in the pilot will be responsible for handing out specially printed lip balms to those they think might be human trafficking victims and to engage them in conversation, if that is possible. At the end of each interaction, participating drivers will need to write down specific data regarding the exchange, as well as report potential human trafficking situations to the NHTRC.

A similar program in Kentucky resulted in a spike of victim calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888 requesting help.

An online training webinar for the 25 women will take place on June 24, 2014 from 5:30-6:30 CST. It will cover how to approach and interact with potential victims as well as understand the field data that needs to be documented after each exchange.

If interested, call 920-737-9490 or email lana@womenintrucking.org. Deadline to sign up is June 15.

  • g

    Everbody wants to be a little activist and make a difference

  • Esby

    We do what we can. Even a small activist is better than a large apathetic

  • Margaret

    I am so grateful for the folks who are making a difference. In a previous job as a social worker, I met the younger victims and read their reports–it was horrible. There was a whole program in my county dedicated to helping them heal and get a new life. But programs like this can only help those who get in. TAT and WIT are going to do that. Thank you all so much.