Consejo Ciudadano, a Mexican NGO dedicated to serving the citizens of Mexico through a number of socially responsible programs, most notable of which is running a national crime and human trafficking hotline, is a partner with the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT has been consulting with Consejo Ciudadano, as well as facilitating the introductions to and initial training implementation for major U.S. companies with Mexico-based operations for the launch of their program, Guardianes del Asfalto. Guardianes del Asfalto is a replication of TAT’s model for coming alongside private industry to engage them in the fight against human trafficking. Guardianes del Asfalto consists of an online training for members of the Mexican trucking, bus and taxi industries that will include specific red flag indicators for how each of these occupations may encounter a victim. As part of our collaboration with Consejo Ciudadano, we have been working with Brigham Young University students on an in-depth investigation of the Mexican trucking industry in order to assist in creating inroads for Guardianes del Asfalto.
Childhood Brasil, a Brazilian NGO that seeks to protect children from all forms of abuse and exploitation, launched their On the Right Track program in 2006 to mobilize government agencies, companies and third-sector organizations to fight child and adolescent sexual exploitation on Brazilian roadways. The ultimate goal is to turn the nation’s truck drivers into protection agents for Brazil’s youth. Childhood Brasil has contacted Truckers Against Trafficking to consult on replicating our coalition build model in Brazil to more effectively build partnerships and close loopholes to traffickers at a local level.
As bus terminals are regularly used by pimps to recruit victims out of, passenger buses are utilized in the transportation of victims, and school is one of the last places children who are being trafficked are seen before they disappear entirely, it is imperative that bus drivers (both passenger and school), as well as bus terminal employees, become trained to recognize and report the signs of human trafficking. Capitalizing on its extensive law enforcement, state agency and industry network, Truckers Against Trafficking launched Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) in an effort to create an additional army for law enforcement in recognizing and reporting this crime.
Truckers Against Trafficking serves as a consultant for the development of Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT), which empowers the convenience store industry to play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in our communities. CSAT is a program of the national nonprofit, In Our Backyard, and is replicating TAT’s overall model of equipping an industry with training and materials in order to recognize and report human trafficking. There are more than 150,000 convenience stores that serve half the U.S. population daily. Longer hours of operation, public restrooms and convenience make it more likely that convenience stores can help victims of human trafficking. To learn more and watch the CSAT training video, visit: www.inourbackyard.org/csat