Here at Britton Transport, we want to set the industry standard in many different areas and that extends to how we treat and care for people, even those people we may not know.
That desire has lead us to partner with a grassroots organization known as Truckers Against Trafficking (www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org).
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat human trafficking.
Sarah Gratton, Britton’s Safety Manager read a magazine article featuring TAT and believed that Britton could help make a difference. After reading the article, things progressed quickly. Our current drivers were trained and now, TAT training is standard part of our driver orientation each week with over 100 drivers having gone through the certification process.
“We want to educate and empower our drivers” says Gratton. “Drivers can see things as they are happening and because the TAT training encourages them to report it right away, human trafficking cases can get solved sooner.”
Additionally, Britton Transport is recognized as Certified Program Participant.
Why is this important? Because human trafficking has reached near epidemic proportions.
In fact, human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.
Traffickers recruit out of our schools, online, in shopping malls, as well as the streets and other locations. A large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children. Many of them are used in the sex industry. They are prostituted on the streets and in private homes, and in legitimate businesses such as restaurants, truck stops and motels. They need to be identified and recovered.
That’s why Britton Transport decided to get involved. We are always looking for ways to serve our community and we believe that this community extends across the country. And with professional drivers being the eyes and ears of the nation, we feel that our drivers can and will make a positive impact in the exploitation of those who deserve so much better.
If you come across someone you think may be a victim of trafficking, don’t wait to act. Report it right away. You have the opportunity to be an everyday hero on the frontlines of human trafficking. Join us in this important work and help us get pimps and traffickers arrested and victims recovered.