Truck stops, state-operated rest areas, and welcome centers can often be sites where trafficking and exploitation are present. These locations are often insulated from local communities, making them convenient places for transient customers to purchase sex with minimal concerns of detection. Geographic isolation also makes it difficult for victims to leave their situations while allowing traffickers the ability to quickly and frequently move victims without interference or undue attention.
In 2011, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) received 185 calls from callers who self-identified as truckers. Over 50% of those calls referenced human trafficking tips or crisis cases. The NHTRC also received reports about 79 unique cases of potential human trafficking at truck stops in 2011.
The resources below will equip you to talk to employees at truck stops about identifying and reporting potential situations of trafficking and exploitation. It contains detailed instructions, talking points, and additional resources.
First, read through the instructions.