According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, CVSA, as many as 24.9 million men, women, and children are sold into prostitution, domestic servitude, or other forced labor around the globe. This year, they plan to expand their efforts to combat, educate, and spotlight human trafficking.
The three-member countries of the CVSA, the United States, Mexico, and Canada will each have a full week dedicated to this year’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative.
Here is the schedule for each countries event:
- In the U.S., the initiative is scheduled for Jan. 9-13, 2023.
- In Canada, it will be Feb. 20-24, 2023.
- In Mexico, the initiative is set for March 13-17, 2023.
During the five-day awareness initiative in each country, CVSA jurisdictions will note human trafficking awareness and outreach efforts and projects and submit that data to the Alliance. The results will be released in the summer of 2023.
According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of people through force, fraud, or deception with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women, and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world, including North America.
Human traffickers often use violence or fraudulent employment agencies and fake promises of education and job opportunities to trick and coerce their victims.
In preparation for the 2023 Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative, CVSA is offering human trafficking awareness resources to its membership and working with the Truckers Against Trafficking organization to distribute wallet cards and window decals.