By Frances Johnson
Truckers across Utah — and the country — might soon be adding a new title to their resumes: hero.
The Utah Trucking Association (UTA) has partnered with non-profit organization Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to join the fight against human trafficking. TAT presented training at the UTA’s annual safety meeting last year. Five or six Utah trucking companies were represented, but the UTA hopes to provide the training to all of its 600 member companies.
“It’s an opportunity to say, ‘Here is the problem and here is a mechanism to address the problem,’” said Rick Clasby, executive director of the Utah Trucking Association. “The reality is there are so many victims out and about in places like truck stops and rest stops and crossing state lines. We’re the eyes and ears because of the sheer number of drivers. The more information [truckers] have and resources they have, the more they can help. And they want to help.”