Posted on 07/30/2018 at 12:00 AM by Troy Cummings
July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
Human trafficking is a problem that affects every country in the world and exploits women, children, men, and all ethnicities. There are a variety of reasons for human trafficking, but forced labor and prostitution are the predominatant motivations.
The International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. To put this number into perspective, that’s 3,264 people sold or kidnapped and forced into slavery every day. That equates to 136 people every hour — and those are just the reported cases.
To help raise awareness, the United Nations recognizes July 30 as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, and there are ways you can get involved. Truckers Against Trafficking has noted red flags that you should look for when you are on the road.
- A person who is unaware of their whereabouts; not in control of their ID/Passport
- Restricted or controlled communication- not allowed to speak for self
- CB chatter about “commercial company” or flashing lights signaling “buyer” location
- Acknowledgment of a pimp and making a quota
- Signs of branding or tattooing of trafficker’s name (often on the neck)
- A van, RV, or other vehicle which seems out of place; often dropping someone off at a truck and picking them up 15-20 minutes later
What should you do if you see any of these red flags?
- Call 911 and then the Truckers Against Trafficking hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Notify the on-duty manager if you’re at a truck stop.
- DO NOT approach the traffickers. Allow law enforcement to deal with the situation.
- Be prepared to give the following information to law enforcement
- Description of vehicles and people involved.
- Specific times and dates when the event took place
- Addresses and location where the activity took place
Written by Kailey Kaestner