Truck stop org aims to educate industry on ways to fight human trafficking

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A national organization representing truck stops is continuing to look for ways to combat human trafficking by teaming up with Truckers Against Trafficking and others to educate truck stop operators on combating the crime.

The NATSO Foundation held a private regional coalition meeting in Eagle Ford, Texas, co-hosted with the Texas Attorney General, the Texas Trucking Association and ConocoPhillips this week to educate truck stop operators about human trafficking and look for ways to combat the crime. NATSO says it has co-sponsored a number of regional coalition meetings with Truckers Against Trafficking and others in recent years to focus on fighting human trafficking.

Several states, including Arkansas and Ohio, have adopted a requirement for CDL holders to complete a human trafficking prevention course in order to obtain of renew their license.

The U.S. Senate has also passed two bills that could affect truckers if also passed by the House and signed by President Trump. One bill, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (D-S.D.), would permanently disqualify truck drivers from holding a CDL if they’ve been convicted of a human trafficking crime. The other bill would establish the position of human trafficking prevention coordinator within the U.S. Department of Transportation.