Montana Department of Justice Hosts Human Trafficking Awareness Training
Training Geared Toward Transportation Industry Representatives, Convenience Store Managers, Prosecutors, and Law Enforcement Officers
HELENA – As part of its ongoing efforts to rescue human trafficking victims and hold traffickers accountable, the Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) hosted a training in Billings today. Attendees included trucking and busing industry representatives, convenience store managers, prosecutors, and law enforcement officers from across the state. They learned how to spot human trafficking and how to respond when it is suspected. Attendees also heard about sex trafficking case scenarios from law enforcement, prosecutors, and a survivor.
“Over the last five years, my office has made it a priority to end human trafficking in Montana,” said Attorney General Tim Fox. “Today’s training offers a unique opportunity for individuals poised to play a key role in spotting and reporting this crime to connect with our law enforcement officers and prosecutors. The more we do to strengthen these relationships, the closer we are to ensuring no child will ever be for sale again along Montana’s roadways.”
The training was possible thanks to DOJ’s partnerships with the non-profit organization Truckers Against Trafficking as well as Motor Carriers of Montana (MCM). “Truckers Against Trafficking is pleased to join with the Montana Department of Justice and Motor Carriers of Montana to collaboratively close loopholes to traffickers in Montana,” said Esther Goetsch, Truckers Against Trafficking Coalition Build Specialist. “As the eyes and ears along our nation’s roadways, trucking industry and convenience store personnel are in a unique position to report these crimes as they take place, making them critical partners in law enforcement’s fight against human trafficking.”
More than 50 people attended the training. They were asked to share what they learned with their colleagues and staff to maximize efforts to rescue victims and bring criminals to justice. “Motor Carriers of Montana believes human trafficking is a problem in Montana, more than most people realize,” said Spook Stang, Motor Carriers of Montana Executive Director. “The trucking industry is proud to work hand in hand with Truckers Against Trafficking and the Montana Department of Justice to put a stop to this heinous crime. MCM stands ready to help our members train their drivers in identifying and reporting human trafficking to law enforcement.”
To learn more about the signs of human trafficking, visit www.dojmt.gov/stopht (http://www.dojmt.gov/stopht) . Victims can get help by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to 233733.
About Motor Carriers of Montana:
Since 1939, Motor Carriers of Montana (MCM) has been a powerful voice for the trucking industry. MCM is dedicated to the furtherance of the trucking industry’s goals and interests in Montana and the United States. For more information, visit https://www.mttrucking.org .
About Truckers Against Trafficking:
Truckers Against Trafficking is a 501(c) 3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and busing industries to combat human trafficking. Learn more about Truckers Against Trafficking’s mission and efforts at http://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/