The issue of human sex trafficking in our country has grown to alarming levels and we at On Time Logistics continue to work with organizations such as Truckers Against Trafficking to not only bring awareness to the problem but help stop it.

Two years ago, we started discussing this issue with our administrative staff, drivers, and couriers. We also started talking about it in our blog and newsletter. As we’ve nearly doubled in size since that time, we did a company-wide update recently on our continuing commitment to helping battle the heinous crime of sex trafficking.

When we first decided this would be a company-wide initiative, we decided that all our fleet trucks would have a Truckers Against Trafficking sticker and our drivers would be educated on how to spot and report potential issues they see on their routes. It would be easy to assume that local delivery drivers in a place such as NWA might not be exposed to potential sex trafficking victims, but unfortunately, that simply isn’t true, OTL Owner Steve Jones said.

“Since I founded this company, our mission has been to provide quality service to each customer. Our dedication to excellence also translates to taking care of our community,” Steve declared then.

In our recent talks with our staff, that dedication continues. We shared how the problem has grown, but also how the efforts to combat the sex trafficking has escalated. Did you know that around the world, it an estimated 40 million men, women, and children are slaves. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims in the United States is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.

That means this problem is right here in our own backyard.

In Arkansas alone, hundreds of slavery survivors have been rescued in the last 10 years, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. And those are just the ones we know about.

Are you concerned with this topic? We don’t usually like to tell people what to think but this issue is too important to not be bold. Human trafficking affects everyone because it has invaded our communities. We invite our partners, our customers, and our friends to educate yourselves on this issue and become involved, even in a small way.

Not sure how you can help? TAT offers ideas for how companies and community members alike can help.