Truckers Fighting Back Against Human Trafficking - TA/Petro & Hamrick School

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CLEVELAND -- A nationwide group called Truckers Against Trafficking is getting local support from Northeast Ohio.

The idea is to educate truck drivers, truck-stop workers and motorists how to spot victims of human trafficking.

TravelCenters of America has taken a very public stance against trafficking and that campaign extends to the truck stop in Lodi.

Debbie Shelton is the general manager at the Lodi Travel Center truck stop.

"I have a daughter and I would hope that, if she was in trouble, someone would help her too," says Shelton. The lounges for drivers have information on the red flags of human trafficking.  

It's estimated that over 100,000 minors are prostituted in the U.S. every year, and they are trafficked along our highways and truckstops every day.

At Hamrick Trucking School in Medina, students are being made aware of the sex trade as well.

They are on the front line of stopping it and can save someone's life.

"If I see a former student of mine getting into a truck with a prostitute, I will come after you, after I call the police first," says Pat Welsh, Hamrick Trucking instructor.

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is at 1-888-373-7888. Call if you see suspicious activity.