PA Road Team Captain John McKown testified before the Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing on January 11 to inform lawmakers about what the trucking industry is doing to fight human trafficking.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The public hearing, titled "Human Trafficking: Target it. Stop it. Prevent it. took place at the Union Trust Building in Pittsburgh, PA.
The purpose was to highlight the present-day impact and activity of human trafficking in Pennsylvania by focusing on coordinated efforts between government, non-profits and the community.
The hearing consisted of four panels focusing on the problem, prevention and education, policy development and survivor care.
McKown testified on the "Prevention: Raising Awareness and Education" panel about efforts within the trucking industry to educate and fight human trafficking.
McKown is a certified trainer with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). TAT is a non-profit dedicated to educating the trucking industry on signs to look out for while drivers are traveling and what to do if they see something suspicious.
You can read McKown's testimony below.
For more information on Truckers Against Trafficking, click here.