By: Alyssa Hui (Reporter) and Montana Leggett (Photojournalist)
“Truck drivers are the eyes and the ears of the interstate,” Sean Sneddon, a truck driver for Skinner Transfer Corporation said.
And they’re looking for signs of human trafficking on the road.
Sean Sneddon, a truck driver whose driven over two and a half million miles looks for suspicious activity at truck stops and rest areas.
“We see a woman walking around looking like she’s lost, wearing baggy clothes, lingerie, things like that. That’s an automatic red flag,” Sneddon said.
Sneddon believes educating truckers on these warning signs will help save lives.
“The more information that we know, the more we can have eyes on the road, and hopefully ending it soon,” Sneddon said.
Truck drivers say they hope more training and resources are implemented in different states to help spot and stop crimes of human trafficking on the road.
For one, The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association offers tools like online videos and training or their drivers and beyond.
“We take trafficking information, so that everybody can have the phone numbers and the resources to call,” Kim Conradt, Safety Programs Coordinator, Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association said.
Drivers like Sneddon also place stickers that have resource numbers on his truck window.
“To get them to call it to get them the help that they need to get out of what they’re into,” Sneddon said.
Although truckers are making a difference in spotting crimes of human trafficking, there’s still a need for people to look for potential victims.
“When you see something, say something,” Sneddon and Conradt said.
A small but important piece advice for everyone.
If you see suspicious activity, call 911 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline number on your screen. 1(888)-373-7888.
For the Badger Report, I’m Alyssa Hui.