The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has formed a partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking and truck plaza industries to combat domestic sex trafficking. TCA is already making full use of its Truckload Academy On-demand education and training platform to prepare drivers and others to recognize and report such heinous activities.
TCA has developed a test that all interested parties (not just truck drivers) can take to obtain the designation Certified Trucker Against Trafficking, or CTAT. The questions are based on a half-hour video that outlines the scope of the human trafficking problem and what to do when someone encounters it. There is no cost to become certified, and everything is available through TAO (www.truckload.org/TAO). The training and testing also will be offered on-site at the Great American Trucking Show, Aug. 22-24, 2013, in Dallas, Texas.
TCA stresses that anyone who wants to help end human trafficking can get CTAT certified; it is not necessary to be a truck driver or a TCA member. However, it is hoped that the trucking industry can set an example for other industries so they will get involved with the program. With millions of people making a living through trucking in some way, there is much potential for closing loopholes to traffickers who victimize both women and children along our nation’s highways.
Learn more at the Trucking Info article: TCA Joins Fight to End Human Trafficking.