The talking points below offer a general background on human trafficking, and the role that the transportation industry can play in eradicating the scourge:
- Human trafficking is something we don’t always think about in the context of transportation issues.
- However, human trafficking is one of the greatest atrocities of the 21st century. As many as 24.9 million men, women and children are sold into prostitution, domestic servitude or other forced labor around the globe.
- We may not think that human trafficking is happening around us, but is the truth is, it’s happening in cities and small communities all across America.
- Those committing this awful crime are using roadways, railways, waterways and skies to traffic victims.
- Awareness is critical. Knowing what to look for and how to respond is essential.
- Employee training and education is just one piece of the transportation industry effort to stop the flow of human trafficking.
- An effective strategy focuses on five key areas to maximize our impact to stop human trafficking:
- Leadership Engagement: Leaders of transportation organizations taking a decisive stand on the issue and speaking out publicly.
- Industry Education and Training: Training all transportation professionals on how to recognize the basic indicators of human trafficking and to report potential cases.
- Policy Development: Integrating counter-trafficking efforts into organizational policy initiatives.
- Public Awareness: Reaching beyond the transportation workforce to engage the traveling public in this fight against human trafficking.
- Information Sharing and Analysis: Fostering a collaborative network of transportation stakeholders by sharing data and communicating best practices to maximize the collective impact on human trafficking.
- Working together, we can put an end to human trafficking.