Alabama to bring human trafficking training to all CDL schools Jan 1, 2020
Updated: Mar 16, 2020
Alabama is the most recent state to pass legislation to mandate human trafficking training in CDL schools. The bill was passed on May 31, 2019 and requires all colleges, trade schools, and private truck driving schools to add this training to its curriculum, starting January 1, 2020. Alabama is the 11th state to pass this bill into action, following Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit organization that promotes intervention against trafficking and brings awareness to it, says that truck drivers are "the eyes and ears of our nation's highways", making them a crucial part to the fight against trafficking. The TAT missions is “Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c)3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and busing industries to combat human trafficking.” Trafficking victims are recruited through public places like truck stops, restaurants, and directly off the street.
According to the Truckers Against Trafficking website, the TAT has trained over 757,500 drivers and personnel, helped bring 2,356 calls into the National Human Trafficking Hotline, has generated a likely 635 cases of human trafficking, and has helped identify over 1,180 victims.
Kylla Lanier, deputy director of TAT, states “We are very happy to know that the next generation of professional drivers in the state of Alabama will be educated and equipped to recognize and report human trafficking when they hit the road. We believe many more calls to law enforcement will be generated as a result, and we truly hope it leads to more lives being recovered out of this horrific crime”.