Truckers against Trafficking, an industry program to fight human trafficking, will be at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.
The non-profit Chapter 61 Ministries started the project two years ago to educate and empower the trucking field to battle the problem on the job. TAT produces educational material for the industry to distribute to locations such as trucking schools and truck stops. The project seeks to inform the industry of the problem and how to recognize and report it. A 2010 Congressional Research Services report stated human trafficking happens in the United States to U.S. citizens and non-citizens and in every state. About 17,500 people are trafficked to the U.S. each year for use in labor and the sex industry.