LOCAL DRIVERS

TAT’s local driver program drives impact by training industry members on the realities of sex trafficking and how they can combat it.

How to become TAT Trained as a local driver:

Company

Driver

Training Video: Share our free training video with your drivers. Request a digital file of our video or physical DVD from tat.truckers@gmail.com.

Training Video: Watch our free training video and take the short quiz through our online portal. This will register you as an officially TAT Trained/TAT Certified driver.

Know the Red Flags: Tell your drivers to download our app and/or request wallet cards for your drivers from tat.truckers@gmail.com.

Know the Red Flags: Download our app and request a wallet card and window decal at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

Register: Register your company as trained to reflect your impact in the fight against trafficking and encourage others to do the same.

Share: Share TAT’s training with others in person and through social media.

TAT training has resulted in reports of possible trafficking cases from truck drivers to the national hotline of possible trafficking cases, leading to victim recoveries and the arrest of criminals. Check out our Harriet Tubman Award winners to hear the stories of those drivers who’ve directly supported the road to freedom for a victim of sex trafficking, and learn how you or someone on your team could be the next award winner!

While on the job, local drivers may encounter human trafficking situations on the road and in the neighborhood. Below we have listed some specific red flag indicators for both. If human trafficking is ever suspected, please make an anonymous call to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888. If you are witnessing a crime in progress, please call 911.

On the Move

Whether loading or unloading, parked on a break or to fuel up, keep an eye out for the following red flags …

  • Any time you see a minor engage in a commercial sex act
  • Any time you believe you are witnessing someone under the control of a pimp, regardless of the age or gender of the victim
  • If a passenger vehicle pulls into the truck parking area of a rest area or truck stop and multiple people (usually females) get out of the vehicle and begin going from truck to truck
  • Any time you hear a suspected victim mentioning that he/she has to make a quota
  • People that seem to have a lack of knowledge of their surroundings or area
  • Someone that appears to have restricted or controlled communication or is unable to speak for her/himself
  • Suspected victims that have signs of branding (tattooing that would indicate ownership of a particular trafficker)

In the Neighborhood … around residences and businesses

Wherever your route takes you, when you’re in and around homes, apartment complexes and local businesses, keep an eye out for the following red flags …

  • Lots of traffic (different cars and typically men) coming in and out of one particular residence or business
  • Extreme security measures on homes and businesses that appear out of place:
    • Barred or covered windows
    • Barbed wire
    • Exterior cameras covering multiple angles
    • Locked front doors with entrances in the alley
  • If your job takes you inside a place of business, keep an eye out for workers who appear to live there.
  • If you approach a residence or business, pay attention to what you’re hearing … is there any shouting taking place? Are threats being made? Do you hear anyone asking for help?
  • Pay attention to any potential victims that may be visible. Do you see anyone who looks distressed or upset, crying or fearful?

Rideshare drivers

Rideshare drivers should pay attention to those in their vehicles especially … as sometimes their services are used to transport victims in between dates …

  • Do you hear talk about a pimp or needing to make a quota?
  • Does the individual seem distressed at all?
  • If they are with someone else, do you detect any coercion?
  • Does the person look underaged?
  • From a labor trafficking perspective, when picking up meals from a restaurant, do you observe any employees who always seem to be working or always being watched?
  • Have you observed if the employees are able to move about freely and leave the premises if they so choose?
  • If you’re able to speak with them, you can ask them if they are free to leave, feel safe or need your help. Pay particular attention to their demeanor … do they seem nervous talking to you? Are they even free to strike up a conversation?
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