Federal officials are placing more emphasis on catching human traffickers.
On Tuesday, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao challenged the industry to commit to “100 Pledges in 100 Days” as part of a special campaign called “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking.” Jim Mullen, the Acting Administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, says human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery and affects millions of people worldwide.
Mullen says over 1 million transportation employees in all sectors will be trained to spot human trafficking because of this plan and over 250 different stakeholders have already pledged their involvement. The Department of Transportation is not endorsing any specific training methods, but Mullen says Truckers Against Trafficking has emerged as a leader with its training program.
The department has established a $50,000 award to incentivize non-government organizations, transport industry associations, research institutions and state and local government to develop solutions.