Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Alabama Trucking proudly supports Truckers Against Trafficking and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

In observance of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Alabama Trucking Association proudly announces its continued sponsorship and active participation in the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) organization.

Recognizing the grave global crisis of human trafficking, which victimizes millions and generates over $150 billion in profits for traffickers, the U.S. government designates January as a dedicated effort to raise awareness. Unfortunately, individuals, including children, are coerced into selling sex along our nation’s highways daily. Human trafficking knows no boundaries, affecting people of all ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds in every state and D.C.

To counter this menace, the trucking industry encourages its drivers to undergo training to recognize and report human trafficking throughout the year. Trucking companies, irrespective of size, are actively contributing to the fight against this crime by training their drivers.

Since its inception in 2009, TAT has collaborated with the trucking industry, aiming to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize its members in the battle against human trafficking. Over 1.7 million professional truck drivers have been registered as TAT Trained, actively monitoring their surroundings for signs of suspicious activity. Their vigilance extends from the road to rest stops and truck stops, where they play a crucial role in reporting potential trafficking incidents to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH) and local law enforcement. This mobile army of transportation professionals has made significant contributions, resulting in the recovery of hundreds of victims and the arrest of perpetrators.

For those within the industry who have not yet received training, TAT offers free education through various channels, including industry-specific training videos, toolkits, on-demand webinars, wallet cards with signs to look for, informational brochures, and the TAT app. To learn more about getting involved, please visit the TAT website or contact info@truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

Also check out TAT’s new app to better connect you in on the mission of this effort to end human trafficking.

Join the Alabama Trucking Association and over 1.7 million transportation members already committed to eradicating human trafficking — one of the most egregious human rights issues of our time.