Consejo Ciudadano, TAT’s partner in Mexico, created a program, Guardianes Del Asfalto, which is replicated on TAT’s model of working with private industry in the fight against human trafficking. They have just released their first 12-minute, industry-specific training film. Guardianes del Asfalto is a program of Consejo Ciudadano, a Mexican NGO dedicated to serving the citizens of Mexico through a series of socially responsible programs. Guardianes del Asfalto started in December 2017 and consists of online training for members of the Mexican trucking, bus and taxi industries. The training film defines human trafficking and provides red flags to watch out for and actions to take if human trafficking is suspected. They also have wallet cards with red flag indicators of human trafficking available for members of the transportation industry.
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