Completers of our Truck Driving program are receiving training on how to observe signs of human trafficking activity. One of the last class experiences for the students prior to earning their technical diploma is to learn about clues that can surface in natural spots for trafficking. These include truck stops, waysides, and other locations where vehicle traffic is prominent along routes that are heavily populated with hotels, for instance.
Truck Driving Department Chair Rob Behnke said human trafficking is not an issue that is isolated to any one geographical area, but by increasing the awareness of those who frequent typical trafficking areas, drivers could make the difference in someone’s life. “This is all about being alert for something that doesn’t look right, and then making a call,” said Behnke. “Unfortunately, many of the areas our drivers will frequent are grounds for human predators. Awareness is a key tool in fighting this important issue.”
Behnke noted that nearly 1,000 FVTC students have received the training over the past five-six years. “If one life is saved from the initiative, that means the world,” he added.
In 2017, more than 8,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in the United States, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Wisconsin ranks 24th in the nation related to the number of cases reported by state per the same source.
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