Truckers Against Trafficking
Truckers Against Trafficking
Congressman Ted PoeHON. TED POE of Texas in the House of Representatives
Congressional Record: 114th Congress
Extensions of Remarks
14 September 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Mr. POE of Texas. Mr. Speaker, modern day slavery is happening all
around us, and it occurs in the form of human trafficking. Victims are
sold into sex slavery, drugged, beaten, threatened and forced to engage
in horrifying acts at the demand of their captors. While many Americans
are aware that human trafficking occurs, most think it exists primarily
in faraway countries. This assumption however, is wildly mistaken. Many
of us do not realize that in this nation, and in our very own
backyards, individuals are held against their will, their bodies sold
repeatedly day in and day out. In every state, city and suburb
traffickers prey upon the most vulnerable and chain them to a life of
unimaginable misery. As Americans, we cannot turn a blind eye to this
fact any more.
Human trafficking victims are constantly moved around by their
traffickers, whether that's across our borders or around the country.
This movement helps them evade law enforcement and increase profits by
shuffling victims from buyer to buyer. With traffickers constantly on
the road, who could possibly find and rescue these victims? Kylla
Lanier asked herself that exact question several years ago when she set
out to battle the scourge of human trafficking. It seemed
insurmountable. Trafficking was everywhere, but then again she thought,
so were truckers.
Kylla, her mother and three sisters went on to pioneer the anti-
trafficking group, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). At 3.5 million
strong, American truckers are an ideal ally in the war against
trafficking. They have eyes and ears everywhere, from 12-lane freeways
to dark back alleyways. The idea is simple. TAT trains truckers to spot
potential trafficking operations or victims and report to a 24-hour
hotline. These tips have already freed hundreds of trafficking victims,
and as TAT continues to educate more truckers, we expect that number to
rise. Due to the simplicity and success of this strategy, many trucking
schools now teach trafficking prevention as part of their core
I whole-heartedly applaud the efforts of Kylla and her family, as
well as those of all the truckers who have joined this fight against
trafficking. We should all learn from this success story, but truckers
cannot do this alone. We have a long road ahead of us in order to
eradicate our country of modern day slavery. We must continue to raise
awareness across all fields and in all parts of our society. The only
way to defeat the evil of human trafficking is by banding together and
working as one.
And that's just the way it is.
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