Trucking’s Critical Role in Combatting Human Trafficking

Feb 18, 2022


Upcoming Campaign in Canada Aims to Raise Awareness, Rescue Victims

We want to take a moment as a partner to the trucking industry to highlight the upcoming three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative taking place across Canada from Feb. 22 to 24.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is launching this vital awareness and outreach effort on the annual Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Canada. A similar event took place in the United States during January.

What is human trafficking?

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception with the aim of exploiting them for profit.

Human traffickers often use violence or fraudulent employment agencies and fake promises of education and job opportunities to trick their victims. It is estimated there are 40 million victims of human trafficking globally.

Raising awareness across the highways

Traffickers often use highways to transport victims, so truck drivers moving in and out of rest stops, restaurants, and hotels are in a unique position to spot and report potential incidents of trafficking.

The CVSA-led Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative aims to educate drivers, motor carriers, and law enforcement officers about the signs to look for, and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked. CVSA is working with the Truckers Against Trafficking non-profit organization to distribute thousands of educational wallet cards and window decals during the three-day event.

According to Truckers Against Trafficking, commercial drivers have made more than 2,000 calls to its hotline over the past decade, helping to raise awareness of about 600 potential cases and 1,000 victims.

Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) launched in the United States in 2009 and expanded to Canada during 2019. These efforts picked up steam last year with the creation of the TAT Canada Committee (TCC), which brings together industry leaders, motor carriers, government transportation entities and anti-trafficking advocates. The first chair and co-chair of the committee was Heather Mewhinney and Caroline Blais of Kriska Transportation Group.

What are the warning signs?

  • Someone who appears unaware of their whereabouts and is not in possession of their ID card or passport.
  • Bruising and other physical trauma
  • Branding or tattooing of a trafficker’s name (often on the neck)
  • Restricted communication (not allowed to speak for themselves, or unable to come and go unrestricted)
  • A van or other vehicle with multiple women in a mainly male area dropping women off and picking them up 15-20 minutes later.

Recommendations for drivers

TAT advises against truck drivers approaching potential traffickers themselves. Instead, they should collect details about vehicles and license plates, or even take pictures, if it is safe to do so. They should then call local law enforcement or the Canadian human trafficking hotline at 833-900-1010.

To find out what your local jurisdiction in Canada or the United States is doing to increase human trafficking awareness, contact the agency/department responsible for overseeing commercial motor vehicle safety.

About the author

Neil Abt

VP Public Relations, ISAAC Instruments

Neil Abt, Vice President of Public Relations at ISAAC Instruments, is a veteran journalist with over 25 years of reporting experience, including 20 years spent covering the trucking industry. A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C., he began his career covering sports for The Washington Post, followed by a position in the newsroom of America Online (AOL) and then both reporting and leadership roles at Transport Topics and Fleet Owner. Neil is based out of Portland, Oregon.

Time to move forward with managed technology

Recent blog articles

2023: What Cybersecurity Priorities Should You Set?

by | Feb 28, 2023 | Cybersecurity | 0 Comments

When crafting a cybersecurity plan, organizations should consider their goals, IT maturity level, and current capabilities.

Understanding Texas Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations

by | Feb 28, 2023 | Compliance | 0 Comments

Carriers in Texas must comply with Texas HOS rules and federal HOS rules when on interstate trips. In-cab tech can help to simplify complex HOS scenarios.

Reduce Costs with Preventive Fleet Maintenance

by | Feb 2, 2023 | Cost savings | 0 Comments

Carriers who implement preventive fleet maintenance reduce costs and prevent minor problems from turning into major breakdowns on the road.

How Fleets Work with Drivers to Save Fuel

by | Jan 25, 2023 | Cost savings | 0 Comments

Fleets can mitigate the impact of rising fuel prices by collaborating with drivers and creating an incentive program that rewards fuel efficiency.

Prevent Wheel-off Problems with Smart Wheel Retorquing

by | Nov 11, 2022 | Safety | 0 Comments

Wheel-off incidents can be catastrophic. Fleets can prevent these accidents with smart wheel retorquing management.

Canadian ELD Mandate—How Fleets Can Quickly Adapt

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Compliance,Industry | 0 Comments

Canada’s ELD mandate will be enforced on January 1, 2023. Fleets that haven’t transitioned can quickly adapt for compliance.

How Fleets Cut Turnover During Truck Driver Shortages

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Best practices,Industry | 0 Comments

Fleets mitigate the impact of driver shortages by focusing on driver retention and satisfaction with driver-friendly tech.

Guide to US Agricultural Exemption for Hours of Service (HOS)

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Compliance | 0 Comments

Fleets that transport agricultural products and livestock can benefit from the US agricultural exemption for HOS

Does Your Fleet Know How to Respond to a Cyberattack?

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Cybersecurity,Industry | 0 Comments

Companies that respond well to cyberattacks reduce losses and ensure business continuity. Learn how fleets can defend themselves against attacks.

See the ISAAC solution in action

We’ll help you bring out the best in your team.



Fleet Benefits

Solve major trucking challenges

Driver Happiness

Simplify the life of your drivers

ELD Reliability

Benefit from reliable technology

Cost Savings

Save money in various ways

Safety and Compliance

Ensure safe and compliant operations

Client Journey

Expect outstanding service as a client

Solution Innovation

Future proof your technology

Client Success

Get inspired by real-life examples


Game-Changing Features

Give your fleet an extra edge

Built for Trucking

Equip your fleet with durable tools

Predictive Workflow

Guide drivers with a simple workflow

Smart Compliance

Make compliance simple

Real-time Coaching

Achieve greater fuel efficiency

Remote Tablet Control

Enable effective teamwork

ELD and Fleet Telematics

Discover a built-for-trucking solution

Fleet Management Portal

Centralized portal for your office team

Driver-Friendly App

Versatile and user-friendly tool

Communication Gateway

Keep your team and drivers connected

Connected Cameras

Enhance safety, protect reputations

Open Platform

Get the most of your technology

Latest Innovations

Choose an innovation-driven partner


Read about a variety of trucking topics


Get inspired with in-depth reads


Watch our solution in action


Learn from industry experts

Tech Support

Get timely technical support

FAQ About ELDs in Canada

Find detailed compliance information
Don't Miss


Come meet us across North America


Read trucking and technology news

Our Team

Meet our team's leaders

Information Security

Review our security framework


Our involvement in the trucking industry


Sustainable trucking solution

Contact us

Ask us anything, we're happy to help
Join Us

Available Positions

Join a team renown for its culture!

Awards and Recognition

Testimony to our winning culture


Check out life at ISAAC

Our Values

See what drives us every day

Perks and Benefits

Find a healthy work-life balance