Commercial drivers found guilty of human trafficking will be disqualified from the industry under legislation President Donald Trump signed into law this month.
The bipartisan No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, sponsored by Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue bans on professional drivers who are issued felonies for using commercial motor vehicles for trafficking.
“Too often, human traffickers take advantage of our nation’s transportation network to transport their victims from one location to the next,” Katko said. “Truck drivers are often a critical asset in helping law enforcement identify victims who otherwise might go unseen. However, an isolated few individuals have taken advantage of their position to illegally traffic innocent people.”
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During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement. Human trafficking is a modern form of the oldest and most barbaric type of exploitation. It has no place in our world. This month we do not simply reflect on this appalling reality. We also pledge to do all in our power to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.
Human trafficking is a sickening crime at odds with our very humanity. An estimated 25 million people are currently victims of human trafficking for both sex and labor. Human traffickers prey on their victims by promising a life of hope and greater opportunity, while delivering only enslavement. Instead of delivering people to better lives, traffickers unjustifiably profit from the labor and toil of their victims, who they force — through violence and intimidation — to work in brothels and factories, on farms and fishing vessels, in private homes, and in countless industries.
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