Kentucky's AG says commercial drivers should receive human trafficking training
Andy Beshear wants training required for applicants for a Kentucky commercial drivers license to prevent human trafficking.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced his support for 2019 legislation that requires Kentucky residents applying for a commercial drivers license to complete training on the prevention of human trafficking and carry information on how to both spot and report it.
"Think about how far-reaching it would be for victims of human trafficking if every commercial licensed driver had awareness training," Beshear said, in a statement. "Every year, 70 million vehicles travel through the Northern Kentucky area alone. This is a real opportunity for Kentucky to equip all our drivers with the tools needed to save lives and help some of our most vulnerable citizens."
Beshear says his office partnered with Colorado-based Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) to push for bipartisan legislation requiring the training. However, they have been unsuccessful in the past two legislative sessions.
According to a news release, Rep. Linda Belcher, of Shepherdsville, plans to pre-file legislation requiring permit applicants to complete human trafficking training and for all CDL holders to be provided with information about the crime. The legislation will be co-sponsored by Rep. Dennis Keene, of Wilder, Kentucky.
Below are some possible signs of human trafficking, according to the attorney general's office:
- Victims travel together and have identical tattoos.
- Victims are unable to identify what town or state they are in, or where they are staying.
- Victims appear malnourished and have physical injuries.
- Victims avoid eye contact and seem to adhere to limited, scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction.
- Victims experience a loss in their sense of time.
- Victims have possession of several, pre-paid credit cards.
If anyone suspects that the trafficking of a child is taking place, they can call 877-KYSAFE1 and report it. Victims of human trafficking can call 911, or call or text the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Interpreters are available for callers.
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