Indiana Truck Drivers Can Join the Fight against Human Trafficking
Sex trafficking occurs at truck stops and travel plazas in the forms of pimp control and brothels fronting as massage parlors. These locations are at increased risk for sex trafficking because they are geographically isolated and have a predominantly male customer base. In 2011, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center received 185 calls from callers who self-identified as truckers. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General is partnering with the Indiana Motor Truck Association and Truckers Against Trafficking to educate truckers in Indiana about the signs of sex trafficking and how to report a trafficking situation. Truckers Against Trafficking is a national organization that has developed human trafficking training materials for the trucking industry, including a training video and “wallet cards” that contain human trafficking indicators and the National Human Trafficking Hotline number. Trucking carriers and schools can incorporate these materials into existing orientations, trainings, and curriculum.
- Truckers against Trafficking has supplied Indiana with 10,000 wallet cards for drivers, 200 training DVDs, and 1,000 anti-trafficking decals for truck cab windows. For more information about TAT, please visit http://truckersagainsttrafficking.com/.
- The Indiana Motor Truck Association is promoting this effort and has invited the Attorney General’s Office to present this issue to their members.
- IPATH Red Flags and Fact Sheet for Trucking Industry
- Polaris Project, Sex Trafficking at Truck Stops
If you have questions or would like to learn more about human trafficking in Indiana, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.