CVSA Events Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance intends to focus efforts on fighting human trafficking with a three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative to be held in the U.S. and Canada in the New Year.

The Canadian event begins on Canada’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Feb. 22, and runs to Feb. 24. The U.S. event begins on Jan. 11, and runs to Jan. 13.

The effort will raise awareness and educate commercial drivers, motor carriers about the crime, signs to look for, and what to do if you think someone is being trafficked. “Human traffickers often use roadways as the mode of transportation for transporting their victims,” said CVSA president John Broers. “Since our roadways are the ‘workplace’ for truck drivers, motorcoach drivers and commercial motor vehicle inspectors, they are in a prime position to make a difference in helping to identify potential victims of human trafficking.”

“Identification, and ultimately prevention, starts with education,” Capt. Broers added. “Through CVSA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative, we aim to equip drivers and inspectors with the tools they need to proactively serve on the frontline in our effort to end human trafficking.”

CVSA will work with Truckers Against Trafficking to distribute wallet cards and window decals to promote the initiative.

To find out what your local jurisdiction is doing to increase human trafficking awareness, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety within your state, province or territory.

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