State Initiatives Aim to Reduce Human Trafficking

A number of states are launching new measures to fight human trafficking, which victimizes between 100,000 and 300,000 people each year. 

In Ohio, two training programs through the Ohio Highway Patrol are training officers, truck drivers and residents on how to spot and report suspected human trafficking crimes on state highways, said Anne Ralston, spokeswoman for the patrol.

In Nevada, a new fund created by the General Assembly is creating a vehicle for the state to accept donations to fight human trafficking, and a Michigan State House Committee has passed legislation to decrease human trafficking and to provide a safe harbor for victims.  

NATSO and the trucking industry are among several groups within transportation, including Amtrak and the airlines, are participating in a Department of Transportation stakeholder group working to put an end to human trafficking. During The NATSO Show, human trafficking survivor Shamere McKenzie will share her story during a breakfast keynote address.

 

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More

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