Trafficking Coalition Build
By UTA Staff

On October 11th the Utah Trucking Association, with the help of Truckers Against Trafficking and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, hosted a coalition build to help law enforcement and members of the trucking industry connect and gain insights into how they can better identify and help victims of human trafficking.

Chief Leo Lucey of the Utah Attorney General’s Office addressed the group on the status of trafficking specifically in Utah.  Following Chief Lucey, Esther Goetsch with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) gave some insights to human trafficking specifically in the trucking industry.

Beth Jacobs, a survivor of human trafficking and a trainer for Truckers Against Trafficking, told her story and helped the group understand some of the telltale signs of trafficked individuals.

After a brief break for lunch, Jenna Novak, Regional Specialist with National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) told the group about her organization’s mission and gave them contact information to assist the individuals rescued from human trafficking.

Attorney General Reyes then led a panel discussion on what law enforcement and the trucking community can do to help identify this problem.  The panel included Chief Nate Mutter with the Utah Attorney General’s Office; Sargent Jason Ackerman with the Unified Police Department; Major Brian Redd with the Department of Public Safety; and Russel Smith, SECURE Section Director for the Utah Attorney General’s Office.

Left to Right: Esther Goetsch, Truckers Against Trafficking; , Utah Attorney General’s Office; Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes; Beth Jacobs, Truckers Against Trafficking; Jenna Novak, National Human Trafficking Resource Center; Rick Clasby, Utah Trucking Association

Each panelist gave valuable insight into ways to assist law enforcement and the trucking community in their efforts to combat this problem. Beth Jacobs then joined the panel and answered questions from the group specific to their situation and needs.

Truckers Against Trafficking also brought their Freedom Drivers Project trailer which displays artifacts and information on the atrocities and realities of human trafficking and the efforts they are making to end it.  Attendees were able to tour the traveling museum which gave them a more in depth look into the realities of this epidemic.

Utah Trucking Association is honored to help in this effort and is continuing to work with TAT to bring training to the industry.  As the front line of defense, we can do our part to help those effected by human trafficking.  Please contact the UTA office if you are interested in becoming involved in this movement: kelsey@utahtrucking.com | 801.973.9370