When truck drivers break at a rest stop, they're often confronted by young girls working in the sex trade -- a trend a new human rights campaign hopes to combat.
Between 2004 and 2009, the FBI set up a series of countrywide stings at truck stops where they found an overwhelming number of pimps dispensing their prostitutes, MyNews3 reports. To educate drivers on how to protect these girls, and potentially liberate them from being trafficked, Truckers Against Trafficking has launched a campaign to fight the $32 billion industry.
The program trains drivers how to identify a prostitute and encourages them to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline if they come into contact with trafficked workers, 9News reports.
"Truckers are the eyes and ears of our nation's highways and can make a substantial difference in this fight," Truckers Against Trafficking National Director Kendis Paris told 9News.
In Nevada, where an estimated 400 children are being trafficked each night, Assemblyman John Hambrick hopes that the new initiative will help put a stop to this crime.
"We need to stop the demand," Hambrick told MyNews3. "The buyers that come who want to buy these young girls and boys need to be aware that there will be a price to be paid."
Learn more about Truckers Against Trafficking's mission here.
Click through our slideshow below to learn which states have the strongest sex trafficking laws:
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