Truck drivers, police and transportation officials across four states teamed up to take a stand against the growing problem of human trafficking in the U.S.

Leaders from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota held the first ever coalition led by Truckers Against Trafficking, a group created in 2009 to raise awareness on human trafficking.

The coalition was filled with information on what to look for and stories of victims that have been rescued. They also provided training for bystanders to step in if they think someone is being trafficked.

Kendis Paris, Executive Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, said truck drivers are key to helping in the cause.

“The strategic role trucking can actually play as additional eyes and ears out there on our nation’s highways and how they can work with truck stop members to put a dent in the business of trafficking.”

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