Modern-day slavery—or human trafficking—is a global problem in which people are illegally bought and sold for forced labor or commercial sex. Through the use of coercion, abduction, fraud, deception or the abuse of power, traffickers prey upon their victims’ vulnerabilities—such as their youth, condition of poverty, migration status or dreams of love and opportunity—while profiting off of their exploitation. Human trafficking poses a significant challenge to businesses who are committed to legal and socially responsible operations. This is true for ABA Member companies, whether motorcoach operators or manufacturers and for destinations such as hotels, casinos and tourist attractions. Recognizing that we all have a role to play in helping to end human trafficking, ABA Members have joined the fight to combat this heinous crime and are already making an extraordinary impact. Join this session to learn about human trafficking and how you can be part of the solution. For more information, visit http://www.busingonthelookout.org.
Annie Sovcik is the Director for Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), a program of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). As BOTL director, Annie is responsible for leading TAT’s engagement with the bus industry (motorcoach, transit, and school).
Annie came to TAT in 2018 with over 12 years of experience as a human rights lawyer, working on anti-human trafficking, anti-torture, and refugee protection policies at a national and international level. Prior to joining TAT, Annie was the director of the Washington D.C. office of the Center for Victims of Torture. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver.