Today we recognize and stand with the United States on their National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
It is paramount in the fight against human trafficking that we work together and acknowledge that this is a real issue that affects us across the world.
As part of raising awareness on this day, we'd like to introduce you to a non-profit organization called Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) that trains truck drivers to recognize and report instances of human trafficking. It was established in the United States in 2009, and expanded to Canada in 2019.
TAT recognizes that human traffickers often travel the same corridors and conduct their crimes where truckers are often present, particularly at truck stops, motels, rest areas, and city streets where this type of activity can occur.
They provide a 60-minute training program for companies, as well as various other resources such as tool-kits, brochures, wallet cards, and an app that can be downloaded to your cellular phone.
As part of its expansion into Canada, TAT circulates the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline, owned and operated by the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking.
“The trucking industry can be a vital part in ensuring more lives are saved and in fighting this heinous crime.” - Heather Fry, Canadian director of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)
If you suspect someone is being trafficked in Canada, please call the confidential Human Trafficking Hotline @ 1-833-900-1010. In the United States, to report a trafficking tip, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline @ 1-888-373-7888 or Text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733).
If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, please call 911.