Truck drivers encouraged to keep an eye out for human trafficking on the road
EL PASO, Tx. —
Truck drivers who stop at gas stations off the interstate are being called the eyes and ears of the highway.
Police want them to be aware of trafficking activity they see and hear while on the road.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) says more than 1,500 calls to report trafficking have been made since the start of the organization in 2009.
One reported case led to the recovery of nine minors and shut down a 13-state child trafficking ring.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center says truckers are a fast growing demographic of callers.
TAT is also building coalitions between general managers of truck stops and law enforcement to organize a prepared local response.
On Thursday, Feb. 23, state and local officials will discuss how Texas can continue helping to combat human trafficking in the trucking industry.
The conference will begin at 9 a.m.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will be there.
It'll be held at the Education Service Center at Region 19 located on 6611 Boeing Drive.