Lives are taken away involuntarily from an early age.
Recently we have seen how important community action is in responding to challenging times. A similar response is required for other massive-scale predicaments that are less visible.
According to CNN, UPS will be training its delivery drivers nationwide to recognize signs of sex trafficking. UPS is partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking, which includes identifying ‘branding’ tattoos on trafficking victims.
Human Resources President for UPS’s domestic operations, Danelle McCusker Rees, said it is not just about UPS employees, it’s about their community, which impacts everyone.
This policy of detecting signs of trafficking should spread to all neighborhoods, countries, transport, and freight drivers.
An organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) assists law enforcement by training transportation professionals to recognize the signs and report them.
According to Polaris, an organization for anti-human trafficking said that rest and truck stops, as well as highway motels, could be the hubs for traffickers. Traffickers typically use secluded location, which means little risk in losing track of their victims and convenient access to transient buyers.
Red flags to look out for are marking such as tattoos (trafficker branding), hints of any sort of addiction. Trained drivers will then take notes of vehicles, color, location, and times, in turn, will notify the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
Legislators are working towards TAT programs becoming a requirement as part of all entry-level or commercial driving certifications.
Thankfully, motel and hotel chains are also making some changes. Marriott International successfully trained hotel workers to recognize the signs in the last few years.
Traffickers look different from the normal with minimal luggage and guests that insist on little or no housekeeping.
Don’t for one minute think that trafficking occurs only in sketchy motels or hotels, or that they look like seedy, threatening types. They look just like you and me. They can be warm and respectable.
Bus terminals could be a hot spot to recruit.
A few airline personnel have also had some training in spotting human trafficking. You can make a difference if you look a little further.
Men seem to be the driving force behind the human trafficking industry, a violence prevention organization, and a leader in teaching about healthy manhood said. There is a real requirement to change the way men view women. It could make a massive difference to the trade as well.
Please be vigilant and help look for the signs; these large-scale problems require the help of everyone.
Companies that are unrelated to the problem now become part of the solution. As individuals, we can do the same. Let’s be part of the solution.