When building an army to eliminate human trafficking, the bus industry has a key role to fill. Through their sheer numbers, extensive travels, and the nature of their jobs, members of the bus industry—commercial and school—are uniquely positioned to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers.
Here at Arrow Stage Lines, we have been made aware of the horrible crime that has been happening right in front of our eyes, even though we may not see it clearly. In response to this being brought to our attention, Arrow Stage Lines has been conducting training for all team members provided by Busing on the Lookout. This training includes an online course as well as corresponding materials and tools that can be used to fight this crime every day on the job. We believe this is our duty to be prepared and ready for any situation that may arise.
Human trafficking – otherwise known as modern-day slavery – is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. There are an estimated 40 million victims of human trafficking globally, including thousands of children and adults in the United States and Canada. Traffickers “recruit” out of schools, malls, sporting events, and bus stops/airports. These are all areas where we find our motorcoaches working a lot of days and that is one of the reasons we decided to step in and decided to take action. We want to be a part of the movement to create awareness and help put an end to human trafficking.
As members of the motorcoach industry, we are uniquely positioned to provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers. Most traffickers are counting on people not paying attention and not knowing the things to look for or the questions to ask. If all of our Arrow Stage Lines’ team members know what to look for and how to report it, imagine the effect we could have on eliminating human trafficking.
Our mission at Arrow Stage Lines is to provide safe, comfortable, and reliable charter bus transportation that exceeds expectations of our customers. We also like to say that we want to be part of changing the world. We are working at doing this by not only providing economical and world-class motorcoach transportation, but also by helping provide clean water for our world and eliminating human trafficking.
If you would like to join us in this mission to stop human trafficking and get trained to know the signs, please visit www.busingonthelookout.org to learn more. More importantly, if you see or know anyone or anything regarding human trafficking, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
(all factual information provided in this post was provided by busingonthelookout.org and its affiliates)