US Xpress Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking
Tuesday, May 7 2019 Randall-Reilly Editor
While figures are still murky, the U.S. State Department estimates that anywhere from 60,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, with 80 percent of all who are trafficked being girls/women and the other 20 percent being children. It's the third-largest international crime industry, only coming in behind drugs and firearms, with profits ranging into the $30 billion dollar range.
What's more is that about 80 percent of all human trafficking involves some sort of sexual exploitation. Other instances involve forced slavery or involuntary servitude. Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco are believed to be three of the most popular areas in the country for child trafficking, and Texas is the state with the largest amount of annual human trafficking reports.
All of this is enough to make your skin crawl, but the fact is that this stuff is real — and it's really going on. It's largely up to all of us to take a stand and put a stop to it. Flight attendants and airline workers are now trained to recognize the signs of human trafficking, as are many other public service workers. Truckers are no exception, and a non-profit organization, Truckers Against Trafficking, aims to raise awareness and stop human trafficking by giving professional truckers the education and know-how they need to spot and report suspicious activity. US Xpress is the latest trucking company to join the initiative.
US Xpress Helping to Fight Human Trafficking
US Xpress isn't a small trucking company. In fact, it's one of the nation's biggest. It currently ranks as the country's fifth-largest asset-based carrier by revenue, and the company employs about 7,000 truck drivers. These drivers are out on the nation's highways every day, so they cover a lot of territory and have the opportunity to see a lot of different things. After they receive the proper training from Truckers Against Trafficking, they'll soon know how to alert law enforcement professionals of possible human trafficking incidents.
About Truckers Against Trafficking
The non-profit group formed in 2009 and has since trained 700,000 truck drivers on the signs of a human trafficking incident. As a result, these truckers have made more than 2,000 calls to law enforcement and human trafficking hotlines, leading to the identification of more than 600 incidents and helping 1,100 victims. Now, US Xpress will join this growing list of companies joining the good fight, and the company will come on board as a gold level partner.
An epidemic like human trafficking isn't something that can be resolved by law enforcement alone — it's going to take all of us working together and knowing what to look for to truly end this heinous practice. Truckers Against Trafficking is doing its part to combat this epidemic, and it's great to see so many trucking companies — both big and small — joining the good fight. US Xpress is just the latest company to take a stand. What company will be next?
Source: US Xpress - News
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