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