Human trafficking, or modern day slavery, is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. This heinous crime has been reported in all 50 states and affects an estimated 40 million victims globally. A large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children. Many of them are used in the sex industry where they are sold on the street and in private homes, or in businesses such as restaurants, truck stops, and motels. They need to be identified and recovered.
Members of the bus industry can provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers. Traffickers recruit out of our schools, online, in shopping malls, as well as the streets and other locations, including bus terminals. They utilize buses in transporting victims and, when victims are able to get out, a bus or bus terminal may be the first place they'll go to for safety or escape.
In this one-hour webinar, facilitated by Annie Sovcik, Program Director of Busing On The Lookout (BOTL), human trafficking in the bus industry will be discussed.