Colorado is now among Oklahoma and other states in requiring its CDL applicants take a human trafficking awareness course.
Last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper increased human trafficking awareness and also gave us an opportunity to see his fine last name in print when he signed into law House Bill 1018, which states,
42-2-403. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL REQUIRE INITIAL APPLICANTS FOR THE TYPE OF COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE THAT AUTHORIZES A PERSON TO OPERATE A COMBINATION VEHICLE (CLASS A UNDER 49 CFR 383.153) TO SUCCESSFULLY PASS TRAINING, WHEN ATTENDING A COMMERCIAL DRIVING SCHOOL CERTIFIED FOR APPROVAL BY THE PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL SCHOOLS DIVISION IN THE DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, ON THE RECOGNITION, PREVENTION, AND REPORTING OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING.
In addition to governmental action, people across the nation are doing their part to stop human trafficking, such as teaching classes, operating hotlines, and many other efforts. Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) offers tons of resources – including offering their own training and human trafficking certification.
If you are a victim of human trafficking or otherwise have knowledge of human trafficking, please call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline,
- TEXT: 233733 (BE FREE)
- CALL: 1-888-3737-888 (U.S.)
Although it is impossible to quantify the immense evils of human trafficking, here are some of the numbers:
- Nearly 25 million humans are enslaved;
- 71% of human trafficking victims are female;
- 74% of human trafficking victims are outside their home country;
- Traffickers profit approximately $150,000,000,000 (One Hundred Fifty Billion Dollars) per year.
- Awareness appears to be helping prosecute traffickers: “In 2016, the Department of Justice convicted a total of 439 human traffickers, up from 297 in 2015 and 184 in 2014.“
Statistics sourced from humanrightsfirst.org
For more statistics and information, here is a link to the Department of State’s June 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.