Combat Human Trafficking
The NATSO Foundation is committed to working with our members and other transportation sectors to stop all forms of human trafficking in the United States.
What is Human Trafficking?
Often described as modern-day slavery, human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.
Approximately 18,000 persons are trafficked into the United States from over 50 countries every year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. More than 300,000 children are trafficked within the United States annually. They come from all walks of life and all ethnic backgrounds.
What NATSO Is Currently Doing
The truckstop and travel plaza industry is taking a united stand along with other transportation providers to stop the flow of human trafficking using America’s transportation system.
Human trafficking has been reported across all modes of transportation and in many legitimate businesses that unknowingly are used for this illicit activity.
As an industry that caters to millions of travelers every year, truckstops and travel plazas and their employees are in a key position to help identify and stop human trafficking along America’s highway system.
NATSO works closely with the Department of Transportation, Truckers Against Trafficking, Polaris Project and other local organizations to gain insight into best practices on how to educate our members. Our goal is to provide our members with the tools they need to train their staff so that those individuals are equipped to help if they encounter a victim of this horrible crime.
Department of Homeland Security: https://www.dhs.gov/topic/human-trafficking
Polaris Project: http://www.polarisproject.org/
Truckers Against Trafficking: http://www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: http://www.missingkids.com/CSTT
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has developed a High-Risk Child Poster Listserv designed to increase the visibility of missing children at high risk for sex trafficking. Businesses uniquely positioned to help identify missing children considered to be at high risk for sex trafficking can register to receive electronic posters containing their images and other vital information. Truckstop owners and operators can then share these posters with staff or hang them in a location visible to customers. To register to receive the NCMEC posters, fill out the registration form by clicking here.