Thursday, August 11, 2011

Truckers urged to report human trafficking

By Clarissa Kell-Holland, Land Line staff writer

A raid this past week in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez has led to the arrest of more than 1,000 people believed to be involved in the human and sex trafficking trade.

As many as 20 underage girls were rescued in the raid in the border town as part of Mexico’s AMBER Alert program.

Truckers Against Trafficking founder Kylla Leeburg says she’s encouraged by this news. She told Land Line following the raid, that if all sectors of society will actively take a stand against human trafficking, “we can end it.”

Since Truckers Against Trafficking formed in 2009, more than 125 truck drivers in 30 states have called the national hotline number – 888-373-7888 – resulting in the rescue of more than 100 human trafficking victims here in the United States.

“Truckers can play a huge role in shutting human trafficking rings down along our nation’s highways by calling into the national hotline number,” Leeburg said.

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