Truckers unite against human trafficking

10:15 AM, Jan 31, 2012   |    comments
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Truckers Against Trafficking seeks to train the nation's truckers in what to watch for and how to report human trafficking. The program's national director, Kendis Paris, was our guest on 9NEWS 7 a.m.

Like the federal Transportation Security Administration's "First Observer" program launched several years ago to train America's truckers to spot possible terrorist threats, the hope is that training provided by Truckers Against Trafficking will be adopted by as many trucking firms as possible.

"Truckers are the eyes and ears of our nation's highways and can make a substantial difference in this fight," according to Paris. Training DVD's are a central part of this effort. Wallet cards containing phone numbers to call to report suspected human trafficking are also distributed.

The number on the card will connect the caller with the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which coordinates with the FBI. The FBI keeps statistics to help law enforcement know where to stage sting operations. To learn more about Truckers Against Trafficking, please visit

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