Human Trafficking A Concern As Truckers Get Trained To Help Stop Growing Crisis In America

Jinger Jarrett

Human trafficking is the second highest revenue generating criminal activity in the world. Each year it generates over $32 billion for those who are involved in enslaving others. The toll is actually much higher though, as 99 percent of those who are sold into the modern day slavery will never escape. Although some of those who are sold end up as laborers, more than half are women and girls who end up in the sex slave trade. Now the nation's truckers are getting involved to stop the problem, while state governments are taking action to put an end to this modern day slavery.

Yahoo News reported that the trucking industry is getting involved in trying to stop human trafficking in the United States. Ohio State Highway Patrol Captain Mike Crispen said that those traveling on our nation's highways see things all the time that others don't.

"People driving down the road see stuff all the time that the rest of us aren't seeing."

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Several governors are also getting involved in the issue of human trafficking, and many states are trying to stop it. The Newton Daily News reported that the Iowa legislature sent a bill to the governor's desk for signature. The Iowa house passed the human trafficking bill by a vote of 98-0 while the senate passed the bill by 50-0.

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The bill calls for the commissioner of Public Safety to appoint a coordinator to staff the office. Personnel for the office will be determined by the funding allocated. Senator Chaz Allen, who helped sponsor the bill, said that it would give the legislature the ability to send the funding to a specific area to fight human trafficking.

"We can now divert resources to this. Human trafficking is new to all of us. We'll get better with this (as legislators) as it goes along."

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