Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people are bought and sold for forced labour or sex work – and many traffickers make use of highways and roadside establishments like truck stops and restaurants. Less than 1% of survivors of human trafficking cases are identified, meaning the vast majority go undetected.
How you can help
Whether you’re a professional driver or visiting a busy roadside stop, here are some signs to watch out for:
• Suspicious vehicles parked in a discreet area of the parking lot, like out back with trucks.
• People going in and out of hotels or motels for short visits and then spending the night in their cab.
• People going in and out of a truck cab for short visits, and trucks with flashing lights indicating a “buyer” location.
• A person who’s always accompanied by someone else, is unfamiliar with their surroundings, has no money, and limited contact with friends and family.
• A person who appears hungry or malnourished, anxious, and has visible scars.
• Someone using code words over the radio about “commercial company” or “exchange of roses”.
If you suspect trafficking, you can make an anonymous call to the Human Trafficking Hotline in your location.
• Canada: 1-833-900-1010
• US: 1-888-373-7888
• Text: 233733