A united front by truckers in the US to help stop human trafficking is now operating in Canada.
Truckers Against Trafficking, or TAT, began in 2009 as way for the trucking industry to use its resources to stop the exploitation of young woman.
With 800,000 truck drivers at its disposal, the organization found it is in a position to be in several places at one time and be the eyes and ears of illegal activity to help law enforcement agencies combat human trafficking. So far, their efforts have led to the identification of 1,200 victims.
And now the program is extending into Canada.
TAT is on a public relations campaign across the country to recruit drivers into the organization to make it more watchful than ever.
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“Canadian drivers work diligently to deliver products and people safely to their intended destinations across North America,” a statement by TAT reads. “And in the course of their everyday jobs, these drivers have the opportunity to be a hero to some of the most vulnerable people – victims of human trafficking.”
TAT believes professional drivers are uniquely positioned to disrupt lawless behaviour simply by taking a closer look at suspicious activity and then making a phone call.
TAT’s Canadian recruitment process encourages drivers or trucking and bus companies to join the group through its website where educational programs and videos on identifying signs of human trafficking can be found.