A local grocery store was the scene of a human trafficking bust in Charlotte this week. It happened at Food Lion on Beatties Ford Road. Gerald Johnson, 59, was arrested for human trafficking and promoting prostitution in front of the store. Some of the human trafficking victims told officers they’d been threatened by the 300-pound alleged pimp. “I’m really surprised it happened here at the grocery store,” said David, a

By Kimberly Benson About 16 years ago, I wrote my first book and asked the first lady of our church to edit it for me, since she was an English major.  She agreed and was so impressed.  She was also the head of the women’s ministry.  I just knew that she would want me to help her head the women’s ministry after reading my book, but to my dismay, she

Lost in a World of Abuse and Trafficking – My Story

by J. A. Elam


Here are the stats:

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is a $32-billion a year business. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today, and that number is growing exponentially.

In the United States, the Department of Justice estimates up to 300,000 children are at risk annually of being trafficked. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the average lifespan of a trafficked child is seven years.

Human trafficking is second only to the drug trade as the fastest growing criminal enterprise. According to the United Nations, human trafficking generates $9.5 billion yearly in the United States. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that the average age of a trafficked child is 13-14 years old. According to Polaris Project, a pimp makes $150,000-$250,000 per child a year; each pimp has an average of four to six children; and the average victim of sex trafficking is forced to have sex between 20-48 times a day. According to the Justice Department, a human trafficker will approach one in three teens within 48 hours of their leaving home.

For seven long years, beginning at the age of five, I was trapped in a hell no one deserves. I was nothing more than a shell of a human being, enduring suffering and torture at the hands...

Hello, Fellow Drivers. My name is Ina Daly. I've driven for Con-Way Freight for 30 years, hauling double trailers in mostly day-cab tractors. Being a woman in that type of operation, I'm not likely to have a young girl knock on my truck door in a truck stop.

Initial appearances of TAT would lead most to believe that their target drivers would be solo, male, long-haul drivers, because they usually overnight alone in truck stops, where traffickers most frequently work their victims while traveling on to their next destination. However, trucks come in many different configurations for many types of operations. Some of us run the same route daily and sleep at home, and some call the truck home.


TAT was established to utilize our value as extra eyes and ears, just as law enforcement has for many years, especially after Sept. 9, 2011. We work where the traffickers transport their victims. Just like truck cargo, these victims are business merchandise and not valued as human beings, let alone as someone's daughter or sister. TAT understands that truckers overall are compassionate people who are willing to help those in need.

As a second generation, career truck driver with mostly other truckers as family friends, I can agree with TAT's assessment of drivers. If you look into the history of trucking, our gear-jamming forefathers (and mothers) were known as the "Knights of the Road,"...

By: Gina Hope I’ve given a great deal of thought about what to share and am so grateful I was recently blessed with the opportunity to share my story at a homeless shelter.  I’m starting an organization to help other human trafficking survivors and bring awareness of human trafficking to our nation, and what blessed me most at that shelter was being able to look around at all of the