Frosh, Truckers Against Trafficking Join For Training Program

    They know the rules of the road, but Maryland’s attorney general is hoping truckers can help enforce other laws as well.

    The attorney general’s office is holding a training program Thursday to help truck drivers spot and report human trafficking.

    The Freedom Drivers Project will stop in Hanover as part of a national tour aimed at educating members of the trucking industry and the general public about domestic sex trafficking and what trucking companies are doing to combat the crime.

    “Truckers are a force-multiplier when it comes to helping identify and report instances of human trafficking,” Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) said in a press release. “This effort brings law enforcement and the trucking industry together to help rescue victims, bring traffickers to justice and end the crime of human trafficking.”

    The daylong training session is being hosted jointly by Frosh’s office and Truckers Against Trafficking, which is organizing the national tour to connect federal, state, and local law enforcement with representatives from the trucking, truck stop and bus industries.

    “By training those on the front lines – truck drivers, bus drivers and truck stop personnel – on the signs of human trafficking and by equipping them with the tools and resources to report it effectively to law enforcement, they will continue to save lives,” Truckers Against Trafficking cofounder and deputy director Kylla Lanier said in a statement.

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    Danielle E. Gaines
    Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.