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Giltner Helps Empower Heroes of the Road: Exploring the Truckers Against Trafficking Program

In today’s modern world, human trafficking remains a pervasive and horrifying issue that demands our attention. While numerous organizations and initiatives are dedicated to combating this heinous crime, the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) program stands out as a unique and powerful force in the fight against human trafficking. In an effort to boost awareness and show our support, we will delve into what the Truckers Against Trafficking program is all about and how it empowers Giltner Carriers to become heroes of the road.

Get Involved With Giltner
Giltner is proud to support the Truckers Against Trafficking program. It serves as a shining example of the power of collaboration and individual action in the fight against human trafficking. By harnessing the unique position of truckers as key players in the transportation industry, the program empowers them to become heroes of the road, rescuing victims and aiding law enforcement efforts. Through education, training, and the establishment of vital reporting mechanisms, the program offers a beacon of hope in the battle against human trafficking. Together, we can make a difference and protect the most vulnerable members of our society.

Understanding Human Trafficking
Before we learn more about the Truckers Against Trafficking program, we need to understand the gravity of human trafficking. Human trafficking involves the exploitation of individuals through force, fraud, or coercion for various purposes, including forced labor, sexual exploitation, and involuntary servitude. It is a global crisis affecting millions of people, regardless of age, gender, or nationality. Each year cases are identified in every US state and every Canadian province and there are an estimated 50 million victims of human trafficking across the globe. This is an everywhere problem.

The Truckers Against Trafficking Program: Uniting Truckers as Heroes
The Truckers Against Trafficking program was established in the United States in 2009 with a mission to educate, equip, and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking. It has worked with companies like Giltner because it recognizes the pivotal role that truckers can play in identifying and reporting instances of trafficking due to their extensive presence on the roads and their ability to be the eyes and ears of their communities. This is done in the following ways.

  1. Education and Training: The program places significant emphasis on educating truckers about the signs of human trafficking and equipping them with the necessary tools to identify potential victims. TAT provides training materials, videos, and resources to help truckers understand the red flags associated with trafficking situations and how to respond appropriately.
  2. Hotline Reporting: A crucial component of the Truckers Against Trafficking program is the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), a 24/7 hotline for reporting suspected trafficking incidents. TAT encourages truckers to call the hotline if they observe suspicious activities or encounter potential victims during their travels. By leveraging their unique position as drivers, truckers become a vital link in the chain of reporting and providing support to victims. The number in the United States is 1-888-373-7888.
  3. Industry Collaboration: TAT actively collaborates with various stakeholders within the trucking industry, including trucking companies, associations, and law enforcement agencies. By fostering partnerships and spreading awareness, the program strives to create a united front against human trafficking.
  4. Recognition and Advocacy: The Truckers Against Trafficking program recognizes truckers who have made a significant impact in the fight against trafficking. These heroes of the road are honored for their vigilance and dedication, serving as role models and advocates within the trucking community and beyond.

Impact and Success Stories
Since its inception, the Truckers Against Trafficking program has made a remarkable impact in combating human trafficking. Truckers have played a pivotal role in identifying and reporting trafficking incidents, leading to the rescue of countless victims and the apprehension of traffickers. Their involvement has disrupted trafficking networks and provided critical support to survivors.

Success stories from the program highlight the importance of truckers’ involvement in combating trafficking. From spotting and reporting suspicious activities at rest areas to identifying victims during routine inspections, truckers have demonstrated their commitment to making a difference and saving lives.

If you see a minor being prostituted, or if you see an adult under pimp control, these are trafficking victims. PLEASE call the National Human Trafficking Hotline!
US: 1-888-373-7888 | Canada: 1-833-900-1010
Learn more: www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org