The Arkansas Trucking Association (ATA) Board of Directors has voted to formalize a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) in the fight against human trafficking. TAT currently works with state associations and members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking.
“State trucking associations are integral to the work of fighting human trafficking,” said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director. “They are the ones who serve and represent the trucking industry in their state; they know the members of the trucking industry; and they have great influence with those members. Our ability to reach and interact with the millions of members of this industry is due, in large part, to their assistance.”
The millions of truck drivers carrying freight across America see and hear a lot out on the road. They are naturally in a position to notice when something doesn't look right. Therefore, those fighting against trafficking are enlisting drivers for their help.
Shannon Newton, ATA president commented, “Truck drivers serve a vital role as the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways. There is no better advocate to take part in the fight against human trafficking than trucking and its professional drivers.”
“Arkansas’s trucking industry is serious about protecting our highways from criminal activity and will not allow this crime to take place on our watch. It is so important to educate our drivers and the public to stay alert and report injustice wherever we find it,” added Newton. “We are pleased to join the efforts of TAT and to empower the trucking industry to protect victims of human trafficking, train them to identify suspicious behavior and trafficking red flags, and to strengthen Arkansas’s sex trafficking laws so we can end this heinous crime.”