Human trafficking is not a problem that only happens in Third World countries, or even in the big cities of the U.S. Modern day slavery, be it for the illegal commercial sex trade or forced labor, is everywhere including the truck stops and travel centers truck drivers rely on.
That's why one organization has been working for 15 years to harness the collective eyes and ears of the trucking industry to combat human trafficking and help its victims.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) works daily to equip truckers and other professional drivers, carriers, and members of the law enforcement community with the tools they need to identify trafficking victims and how to get them help.
Esther Goetsch is the executive director of TAT. She says her organization works daily to train professional drivers to be the eyes and ears of the effort to combat human trafficking, which she says afflicts some 50 million people worldwide.
Goetsch joined us for this edition of The Truckers News Podcast and explains what TAT accomplished in 2023 and what's on the organization's "to do" list for 2024.
The number for the National Human Trafficking Hotline is 888-373-7888.