Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is an inspiring initiative that has garnered immense support and made significant strides in combating human trafficking. This grassroots organization was founded in 2009 with a mission to educate, equip, and mobilize members of the trucking industry to effectively combat this heinous crime.
Guardians of the Highway
Drivers are the white cells that travel the veins of this country. As they march through the country’s vast ventrica, they are a cavalcade that battles for those so desperately in need.
One driver that went through the training Bob Bramwell, was able to spot and help rescue a woman that was being trafficked. Her daughter was being held at an unknown location as leverage against her escape.
Bramwell told Fox News that, “When you go through the training, and you hear the survivor stories and, you know, you put. You think of it as that could be somebody’s daughter,” he said. “That could be somebody being forced into doing something they don’t want to do and not be able to live the life that they’re able to live.”
To date, TAT has trained more than 1.5 million individuals to recognize the signs of human trafficking and to be aware of the breadth and importance of this issue.
Drivers Can Make a Difference
“Truckers Against Trafficking recognizes that members of the trucking, bus and energy industries are invaluable in the fight against this heinous crime. As the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, you are in a unique position to make a difference and close loopholes to traffickers who seek to exploit our transportation system for their personal gain,” TAT asserts.
Through partnerships with trucking associations, government agencies, and law enforcement, TAT has been successful in raising awareness. Today, they have a robust network of allies committed to ending this modern-day slavery. The organization has also developed a national hotline that truckers can call to report suspicious activities, which has resulted in the rescue of numerous victims and the apprehension of traffickers.
Truckers Against Trafficking has not only made a tangible impact but has also fostered a sense of unity within the trucking community. Truckers across the nation have embraced their role as advocates and have become a formidable force against this grave social issue.
Make The Call
For drivers on the road, TAT admonishes, “If you suspect trafficking is taking place or have an emergency, please call local law enforcement or the National Human Trafficking Hotline immediately at 1-888-373-7888 to report what you know.”