MSP motor carrier officers join forces to fight human trafficking

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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Michigan State Police (MSP) motor carrier officers are teaming up with officers from neighboring states to raise awareness of human trafficking Jan. 23 through 27.

The MSP, Ohio State Highway Patrol and Indiana State Police have once again partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to educate motorists about the signs of human trafficking and to enforce laws that crack down on traffickers.

“The goal of this week-long tristate 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,” stated Capt. Michael Krumm, commander of the MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division (CVED). “These individuals are a force multiplier that can act as the eyes and ears of Michigan’s highways.”

Michigan first partnered with TAT in 2015, and has since been recognized as one of three states which have fully implemented their awareness program.

To report trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733. As of Oct. 28, 2016 the NHTRC hotline had received 669 calls and identified 190 possible cases of human trafficking in Michigan.

For more information about TAT, visit http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org.



 
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