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Aim Steps up in Fight Against Human Trafficking

Posted on November 1st, 2018

GIRARD, OH – Aim Transportation Solutions, a provider of commercial vehicles and services for more than 50 years, has joined the fight against human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to control victims for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or labor services against their will. Reported cases through the National Human Trafficking Hotline continue to increase yearly, with more than 8,500 cases reported in 2017 alone.

And those are just reported cases.

In an effort to combat this heinous $150 billion-a-year industry, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) has enlisted the help of transportation organizations and their drivers to act as the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways.

The non-profit organization, established in 2011, accomplishes their mission by educating, equipping, empowering and mobilizing members of the trucking and busing industries. But it can’t do that without corporate partnerships.

As Aim joins this mobile army against human trafficking, it will undertake concerted measures to make its drivers and rental customers aware of how to recognize and report signs of this crime. All Aim rental vehicles will now be equipped with a decal on the driver’s-side window that lists indications of human trafficking as well as questions to ask if approached by a potential victim. The decals will also provide the number to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which drivers are instructed to call if they notice any of the warning signs.

Aim will also integrate TAT training videos into its recurring safety meetings for its own drivers as well its lease customers’ drivers who attend.

“Unfortunately, human trafficking is vast and pervasive, and it will get worse before it gets better unless individuals, communities and organizations pool their resources to combat this horrific enterprise,” said Aim Vice President of Safety and Compliance Ron Bourque. “On that, I am tremendously proud that Aim has joined the front lines of this battle.”

For information on how you can get involved, visit TAT’s website, truckersagainsttrafficking.org, or call 612-888-2050.

To request help or report suspected human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Or text HELP to: BeFree (233733).

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