People fighting sex trafficking of underage kids are enlisting truck drivers to help, NPR reports. Kendis Paris, who runs the nonprofit group Truckers Against Trafficking, said her group is reaching out to drivers to tell them about red flags — noticing girls who look too young, for example. Then, she says, there’s “pimp control.” “It’s that SUV that pulls onto the lot, and three or four girls all get out at the same time and they’re scantily clothed, and they begin to go from truck to truck to truck,” Paris said.
The Polaris Project in Washington, D.C. runs a National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. Sarah Jakiel started the hotline about five years ago. She has watched it go from 200 calls each month to close to 2,000. Jakiel said some of the best calls come from truckers because they’re at the center of things, in an “incredibly unique position to recognize and report sex trafficking of children in this country. They’re seeing it at truck stops, travel plazas.”