Two California business associations are joining the fight against sex trafficking. Activists are praising the California Hotel and Lodging Association along with the California Trucking Association for stepping up and taking action in this billion-dollar industry that lacks victim resources.
The CH&LA is providing their nearly 2,000 hotel members training through the Guardian Group on how to identify sex trafficking victims, exploiters and buyers to ensure a safer environment. In addition to the training, information cards have been distributed to the participating hotels to help educate staff on the indicators of this crime.
The CH&LA is also taking part in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s anti-human trafficking program in an effort to put an end to this heinous crime. It’s called the Blue Program, which aims to raise awareness on the issue by partnering with organizations that have workers on the front line. The program offers training materials and resources to better equip employees on the signs of human trafficking.
The California Trucking Association is raising awareness by partnering with Sacramento Together, a coalition of state and local law enforcement agencies to funnel critical information to authorities. CTA’s President Lynette Brown stated that the men and women in the trucking industry are able to play an important role in helping to identify human trafficking as they are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways. The CTA has provided its more than 1,100 members with training through Truckers Against Trafficking. Truck stops are known popular sites for sex traffickers to sell their victims. A truck driver for CFI said through his training he was able to recognize the signs of human trafficking and ultimately help a victim at one of his stops. California Highway Patrol, Valley Division, Commander Chief Brent Newman said, “With law enforcement’s boots on the ground and truckers’ eyes on the road we can stamp out human trafficking and ensure our highways are a safe place for all Californians.”
Sex trafficking reportedly generates 32-billion dollars a year. It exists in small suburban towns and big cities across the Unites States and globally. The FBI believes that human trafficking is the 3rd largest criminal activity in the world.
We all can play a part to help end this horrendous crime by not turning a blind eye. You can report suspicious activity by calling 911 or the 24-hour National Human Trafficking Hotline line at 1-888-373-7888.
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