Fight against human trafficking expands – Truck News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 200 transportation industry leaders have answered Secretary Elaine L. Chao’s call to help fight human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

That number is more than double USDOT’s initial commitment to seek out “100 pledges in 100 Days” from transportation, labor and non-governmental organizations across the country, it said.

“By joining this campaign, you and your team are helping to ensure that our transportation system is not hijacked for evil purposes.”

– Elaine L. Chao, U.S. transportation secretary.

The signatories
have committed to raising public awareness about the problem, and to training
more than 1 million employees to help fight the crime.

Elaine L. Chao
Elaine L. Chao/USDOT

“By joining
this campaign, you and your team are helping to ensure that our transportation
system is not hijacked for evil purposes,” said Chao.

“You are on
the frontlines of ensuring the safety of our traveling public, and you are
helping to combat this horrendous crime.”

Human trafficking affects nearly 25 million people worldwide. Victims are of every age, race, gender, background, citizenship, and immigration status.

In the U.S., some are trafficked within their own communities, while others are transported to new locations using America’s roadways, airways, railways and waterways.

Last year,
the U.S. government banned drivers convicted of human trafficking from
operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Truckers Against Trafficking, which was formed in 2009, is playing a crucial role in the fight against human trafficking.

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