The Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) initiative is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking. The transportation industry has a critical role to play in the fight to end human trafficking.
As many as 20 million men, women, and children are held against their will and trafficked into forced labor and prostitution. The sad fact is that the perpetrators of modern slavery are using our planes, trains, buses, ships, and trucks to do it.
According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, human trafficking is defined as:
(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
(B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
The partnership focuses on five key areas and connects transportation stakeholders to available resources on: industry leadership, industry training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis.
TLAHT offers a variety of resources, including a transportation leaders pledge, anti-human trafficking strategies, training resources, and public awareness materials. Contact us to become a partner and join other transportation stakeholders across the U.S. through this collaborative effort.