Iowa DOT partners with Truckers Against Trafficking
Wednesday, May 15 2013 admin
On May 8th, the Iowa Department of Transportation announced their recent partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) in the state's continuing efforts to prevent human trafficking. The Iowa DOT's involvement stems from the initiative set forth by the state's Attorney General's office. The AG office began the Human Trafficking Enforcement and Prosecution Initiative to aggressively tackle trafficking issues in Iowa.
Iowa DOT’s Motor Vehicle Enforcement officers have been given information and training needed to properly identify a human trafficking situation. Instructional guides for commercial truck drivers are widely accessible at all state-operated scales. In a recent press release, MVE Chief David Lorenzen stated, “Our agency has daily contact with the trucking industry. We fully embrace the efforts of TAT and will continue to work with them to get the information out to all professional drivers.”
The Iowa DOT will begin hanging posters and distributing informational materials in all state-operated rest areas. Additionally, the DOT is partnered with Iowa Motor Truck Association to supply all truck stops with TAT wallet cards and window decals.
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 100,000 - 300,000 children in the United States are at risk of being sold into sex trafficking. This estimate does not include the nearly 20,000 international victims who are smuggled into the US every year.
The Iowa DOT joins several other state associations across the country who have joined with TAT in the fight to end human trafficking crime. Individual truck drivers are called upon to spot and report potential trafficking situations.
Truckers Against Trafficking is a program created to educate and empower the trucking community to identify and respond to instances of human trafficking. For more information on how you can become involved with TAT, visit their website www.truckersagainsttrafficking.com.
To report human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
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