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Human trafficking is a very real threat in the United States. There are at least 17,900 people that are victims of human trafficking a year, and the majority of them are children. The human trafficking industry is also very lucrative, making upwards to 270 million PER CITY. As a trucking company, and as parents, we feel it is our OBLIGATION to help end human trafficking. There is so much we can do to bring awareness to this cause and to make our drivers aware of the signs. Although truckers are in the areas that human trafficking is most prevalent (truck stops), ANYONE can keep an eye out. There are some great non-profits that educate every day people to ensure that they know the signs of human trafficking. We personally are big advocate...

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Mental health is just as important as physical health. If you can't tell by our previous blog posts, we're big advocates of healthy living. The easiest thing to neglect is not your physical health, but your mental health. And to be a well rounded healthy person, you need to find a way to increase your mental, emotional, and physical health.

  • Being active for 20-30 minutes a day is actually a great way to keep your mind healthy as well as your body. When you increase your heart pressure, your body releases Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, or BDNF. Your body will also release endorphins, which make you feel great.
  • Stimulating your brain. Find something that you're curious about and spend time in focused thought.
  • Finding a creative outlet. Being creative is great for your brain. When you find a creative outlet, you're constantly challenging yourself to think in innovative and unique ways. We have a driver who's into airbrushing artwork. There are literally thousands of ways to harness your creative side, and any of them are a good way to get your brain going.
  • The most important part of mental health is staying connected and doing good deeds. This can be challenging for drivers, especially drivers who are only home occasionally, but it's a vital ingredient to a quality state of mind. There are always shelters in need of a helping hand or organizations that could use extra help. Another great way to feel like you're giving back to your community and doing some good is by becoming a part of Truckers Against Trafficking. We are not endorsed by them, but we feel very strongly in their fight to end human trafficking. You'd be amazed how much you can help just by being alert and aware of your surroundings.

Trafficking is a truly heinous crime, and it's happening everywhere across the United States. Be responsible. If you see something suspicious, call the police. We can stop human trafficking together.

Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking www.truckersagainsttrafficking.com
Make the Call-Save Lives 1.888.373.7888

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According to the Department of State's statistics from 2000, there were approximately 244,000 American children and youth that were at risk for sex trafficking That number has increased steadily, and it's estimated that the number of youth that could be exploited for human trafficking has increased to as many as 325,000 a year now. The common age for children who are the victims of sex trafficking is 14-16. Trafficking is a $32 billion business and it needs to be stopped.

Human trafficking occurs consistently in high-population areas such as truck stops. Truckers are in a unique position to watch for signs of trafficking because truckers are so often in these high population/ high volume areas.

If you think you may have witnessed a c...

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