Truck drivers are often exposed to human trafficking without ever
knowing it. Prostitution is rampant throughout our country. What
many people don’t know is that many of these women and children are
actually slaves forced into performing sexual acts by their pimp or
trafficker while receiving little to no money. Victims receive
plenty of beatings and threats in order to continue.
Mark Brown, assistant director of Central Tech Truck Driver
Training, answered a few questions for Truckers Against Trafficking
about what he’s seen during his 31 years in the trucking industry.
Q: When you were driving a truck, were you aware that there was such
a thing as human trafficking taking place?
Q: Can you tell us some things you saw or heard that confirmed to
you that this crime is taking place?
A: I have seen prostitution
at major truck stops and rest areas.
Q: Could you describe a time when you saw prostitution face to face,
but in hindsight would identify it as a human trafficking situation?
A: I was at a truck stop when a young woman approached and made me
an offer. After I turned her down, she said, “You see that Cadillac
over there?” I looked up and saw it. She said, “If I don’t make my
quota they’re gonna beat the hell out of me.”
Q: When you recently shared with a class of graduating truckers
about human trafficking, what was their reaction?
A: They were
overwhelmed; they were stunned and disgusted.
Q: What are some of the main points you emphasized to them and want
them to remember when you shared [your information] about human
A: These victims are being threatened so severely
with their life and many times with the life of someone they know to
prevent them from escaping or asking for help. Human trafficking is
a problem, and they can help play a part in stopping this crime.
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