Traveling trailer exhibit highlights sex trafficking

| August 22, 2014
This exhibit notes that a trucker's CB notification led to the rescue of nine minors, the arrest of 31 victimizers and the breaking up of a prostitution ring.
This exhibit notes that a trucker’s CB notification led to the rescue of nine minors, the arrest of 31 victimizers and the breaking up of a prostitution ring.

Truckers Against Trafficking debuted its Freedom Drivers Project Friday at the Great American Trucking Show.

The mobile exhibit includes displays of ordinary objects, such as a prescription pill bottle and a CB microphone, to show the realities of trafficking and how intertwined it is with the trucking industry.

“It’s one thing to talk about human trafficking, quite another to show the physical evidence of it,” said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director. “When you’re inside the FDP and looking at the artifacts from trafficking cases and reading the stories of the survivors who had to endure so much at the hands of their traffickers and buyers, the issue becomes very real and very present.”

Because the trucking industry has rallied to fight trafficking, it is “creating a replicable model for other industries to adopt and encouraging every participant who walks through this museum-on-wheels to drive change right where they’re at.”

Some of the first stops for the FDP are a human trafficking conference and trucking conference in the Toledo, Ohio area in mid-September, and a human trafficking event in Carlsbad, New Mexico, that will include U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce from the state’s second district. Other stops are being scheduled, Paris said.

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