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

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,"...