Indiana State Troopers are focusing on semi trucks this month as part of a Human Trafficking Awareness Month initiative.
During the month of January, troopers have been monitoring and working with truck drivers at weigh stations along Interstate 69 and beyond in an attempt to catch traffickers, save their victims, and even educate truck drivers on what to look for and report to the authorities.
While Indiana isn’t exactly the human trafficking hub of the world, the 157 human trafficking cases reported in Indiana in 2019 alone were still 157 too many for state troopers, and contributes to the $150 billion a year criminal human trafficking industry across the world.
Senior trooper Joe Hartman says he is always looking for signs of human trafficking when observing a semi truck, but that this month he and all state troopers have taken extra care to speak with truckers about what they should be looking for.
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