The majority of victims are involved in sex trafficking, a large portion of which occurs at truck stops located all across the world. Unfortunately, the greater percentage of such victims is also minors who were duped into accepting the offer of fraudulent individuals running fake modeling agencies. The U.S., together with other nations, are the prime targets of these "employers" due to the potential for remarkable profits upwards of $30 billion annually. As many as three hundred thousand U.S. children may be involved and each encounter can bring in as much as $100. Furthermore, girls are required to fulfill at least $1000 of orders each night.
How Organizations Are Working Together with Truckers to End the War
Thanks to the efforts of non-profit organizations such as the TAT (Truckers Against Trafficking) and truckers, many wonderful strides have taken place to tackle the issue of human sex-related trafficking. The TAT today receives well over 2000 calls each month from truckers who notice suspicious activity on duty.
Truckers transport important cargo all across the U.S. and are in the perfect position to hear and see a lot of what happens on the road and can easily report anything that does not look right. That is why individuals who fight sex trafficking of underage children are most commonly truckers on duty.
Aside from the TAT, modern day truckers now have an invaluable set of tools available to them 24/7 if they ever notice anything suspicious. For example, any signs of sex trafficking can be reported to the police by calling 911 and many truckers also have a set of cards available to them with other phone numbers they can call. For example, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center supplies a 24-hour hotline operated in conjunction with the non-profit Polaris Project based in Washington, D.C.
Congress is also working to stop the worst prostitution rings. In 2000, a new law was passed to raise public awareness and tighten penalties for offenders through the TVPA (Trafficking Victims Protection Act) and in 2003 the PROTECT act came out as a way to further protect minors. Further actions will have to be put in place to prevent the smuggling of aliens into our country.
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