We have created this page to assist reporters in their coverage of stories on Truckers Against Trafficking.
Facts about Truckers Against Trafficking
Mission: Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c) 3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs.
- Saturate trucking and related industries with TAT materials.
- Partner with law enforcement and government agencies to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking.
- Marshal the resources of our partners to combat this crime.
Making an Impact:
- Before TAT existed, only sporadic tips were being reported by the trucking industry, but now they have made over 1534 calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, generating 471 cases of sex trafficking involving 1033 victims, 285 of those minors, making them one of the fastest growing demographic of callers nationwide.
- National trucking organizations like the American Trucking Association, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the Truckload Carriers Association have entered into partnership with TAT, along with numerous state trucking associations, and large companies (like Ryder, Werner, J.B. Hunt, TA/Petro, Bridgestone, and more), in order to get the word out.
- TAT is building coalitions between general managers of truck stops/travel plazas and the law enforcement that investigate trafficking cases on their lots, (FBI, AG’s office, DHS, local PD, US Attorney, etc.) in order to close loopholes to traffickers who exploit industry businesses for criminal gain, and to mobilize a local response.
- TAT works with the Iowa OMVE/DOT, who created a statewide model in order to utilize/mobilize weigh stations, rest stops, and state patrol in helping to get the word out, train law enforcement, and gain entry points into the trucking industry. Twenty-three states, and DC have now adopted the model in part or in whole. And beginning in July of this year, TAT training will become a mandated portion of entry-level driver CDL curriculum for Ohio.
- TAT/the trucking industry were awarded the Suzanne McDaniel Memorial Award for Public Awareness as part of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus Awards in 2015. It was also chosen as one of the 100 Best Practices to fight human trafficking by the United Nations (GIFT). It won the Norma Hotaling Award for Demand Reduction, the Award of Distinction from the OK Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Motor Transport Association of CT honored TAT with their Good Buddy Award. TAT has also been asked by the State Department to consult with a multitude of countries regarding its model via their International Visitors Leadership Program.
- Thanks to multiple sponsorships from the trucking industry, in 2014, TAT was able to field the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP), a unique, 48-foot mobile exhibit and museum, showcasing information/training on domestic sex trafficking, the artifacts and stories of survivors and the actions of the trucking industry to fight this crime. The FDP is in high demand across the nation by legislators, anti-trafficking groups and trucking leaders and associations.
Pay Attention to Language
There’s a methodology and a philosophy behind the language TAT uses. It’s specific and vetted with respected people within the movement, as well as a number of survivor advocates. We prefer this language be used whenever speaking/writing about those who have been trafficked:
Please do not use the words:
- Lot Lizard
Please do use:
- Prostituted person
Unless speaking about a specific victim/survivor, where you know the gender, age, etc., please keep the language gender neutral, ageless, and indicative that something was done to the victim … they aren’t what has been done to them. They aren’t prostitutes. They have been prostituted.
There is NO such thing as a "child prostitute" or a "teen prostitute." Anyone under the age of 18 being sold for commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking. (TVPA).
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TAT's Programs: A link to the "What We Do" page, explaining our programs
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