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State Police crack down on human trafficking

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Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Troopers and Motor Carrier Inspectors headquartered at the Indiana State Police’s Lowell Post have joined state troopers in Ohio and Michigan to raise awareness of human trafficking.

The initiative --which began on Monday and goes through Friday--is intended to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws against traffickers.

“The goal of this week-long tri-state human trafficking initiative is to raise awareness and educate those individuals in positions to observe human trafficking taking place, such as commercial motor vehicle drivers, public transportation companies, rest area attendants and truck stop employees,” said Capt. Jon Smithers, assistant commander of the ISP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED). “These individuals are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears of Indiana’s highways.”

ISP first partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking in 2016 and is working diligently to become a state that has fully implemented TAT’s awareness program, the ISP said. Currently three states, including Michigan, have fully implemented the program.

To report trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at (888) 373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733.

As of October 31, 2016 the NHTRC had received 206 calls and reported 66 cases of suspected human trafficking in Indiana.

Any trucking company interested in information or training on human trafficking can contact Trooper Nedal Nabhan or MCI Wanda Clay at the ISP’s Lowell Post.



Posted 1/25/2017




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