INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Indiana gas station owners are training staff to recognize and report
patrons they believe are human trafficking victims.
Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association announced the
initiative Wednesday at the Statehouse.
convenience stores are a focus because they are visited by a wide
cross-section of people.
at 500 stores have watched a training video. The gas station association
hopes to enlist more.
Store clerks are
taught to call a national human trafficking hotline when they see telltale
signs: customers who won’t make eye contact, speak for themselves and are
with someone who is controlling.
Often victims won’t
be allowed to purchase items themselves.
stores are also putting up hotline stickers in restrooms - one of the few
places victims can get a private moment.