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Trucking industry makes progress with anti-trafficking drive

by Admin14. April 2014
A Montana truck driver's climb of an Argentine mountain helped the industry's anti-trafficking efforts.A Montana truck driver's climb of an Argentine mountain helped the industry's anti-trafficking efforts.

Momentum has been building for the trucking industry's signature cause, which is to address human trafficking, call attention to the scourge and do what is necessary to end it, according to a published report.

The top trucking associations in the U.S. are firmly in support of Truckers Against Trafficking as are some of the nation's biggest fleets of big rigs, Overdrive Online reports. Also supporting the effort are industry partners like Ryder and Bridgestone.

One company also is imparting important training to its drivers on how to recognize manifestations of the societal ill, Executive Director Kendis Paris with Truckers Against Trafficking told the news source. J.B. Hunt is training its staff to peruse roadways and truck stops for signs of trafficking.

"I never really knew what human trafficking was," Montana Truck Driver Matt Hopkins told the news source. "You first hear about it through movies, and you just think, that's a big deal, but it's all overseas."

LandLine magazine reports Hopkins attempted to climb one of the world's highest mountains earlier this year as part of an effort to focus attention on the human trafficking issue. His effort to surmount the peak of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina was successful in that he raised roughly $1,300 for the drive.

After enduring altitude sickness at roughly 20,000 feet in February, the effort to get to 22,837 fell short, but his project – called From Miles to Mountains – did its part to spread the word about the issue.

Truck drivers should remain aware on the roads and highways and if they do see anything suspicious, they can report the matter, Administrator Laura Cyrus with Truckers Against Trafficking told the news source. Many tips passed to that number, which is 888/373-7888, are passed on to the appropriate law enforcement sources.

"If you have any inkling, just call," she told the publication.

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