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Trucking Convention Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking

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Truckers my be used to watching out for traffic...

but what about human trafficking?

The North Dakota Motor Carriers Association hosts the second annual Oilfield Trucking Convention in Dickinson.

This year, the big topic is Truckers Against Trafficking.

This organization works to raise awareness in the trucking industry about human trafficking.

"Anytime where you think that this person is out there because somebody else is making a profit or somebody else is forcing them into it and the scenarios are of course are endless but those are some red flags to be looking for and those are some reasons you might think of calling the national hotline number," says Kendis Paris, Executive Director of Truckers Against Trafficking.

Paris also says Traffickers tend to sell their victims at truck stops, travel plazas, and rest stops because they're convenient.

Most who attend this conference are in charge of training the truckers.

They say they're looking forward to learning more about this issue so their companies can work to diminish trafficking in North Dakota.

"You never think that it's going to be so close to home. You see it on movies and you hear about it in the bigger cities but you just don't think that it's going to be this close. So I am interested to see because it's a sad thing," says Danielle Pretzer, Safety Company Senior Consultant.

The Department of Justice estimates between 100 thousand and 300 thousand children are at risk every year to traffickers in the United States.

If you suspect trafficking at a location, call the national trafficking hotline number at 1-888-373-7888.

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