Kansas law enforcement officials have partnered with the trucking industry to better train truck drivers to identify and report suspected human trafficking. Truckers can call a national hotline to report evidence of human trafficking. That information will then be relayed to local authorities.
Esther Goetsch is with the group Truckers Against Trafficking.
“We’re making the reporting more timely, hopefully, so drivers as they’re seeing crimes happening can report it, giving law enforcement a better response time,” says Goetsch.
Under the arrangement, truck drivers will undergo additional training. The idea behind the partnership is that truckers are in a good position to identify human traffickers and their victims, who are often transported along the nation’s highways. The public can also assist in the crackdown on human trafficking by reporting suspicious activity to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline: (888) 3737-888.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world. Signs of possible human trafficking can be found on the Kansas Attorney General’s website.