This session is sponsored by the Women In Buses Council but everyone is welcome to attend.
Human trafficking—or modern day slavery—is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. This heinous crime has been reported in all 50 states and affects an estimated 40 million victims globally. A large percentage of the people trafficked are women and children. Thousands of children are enslaved every year in the United States. Many of them are used in the sex industry where they are sold on the street and in private homes, or in businesses such as restaurants, truck stops, and motels. They need to be identified and recovered.
Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) recognizes that members of the bus industry – commercial and school – can provide an extra set of eyes and ears for law enforcement in recovering victims and arresting traffickers. Traffickers recruit out of our schools, online, in shopping malls, as well as the streets and other locations, including bus terminals. They utilize buses in transporting victims and—when victims are able to get out—a bus or bus terminal may be the first place they’ll go to find safety or escape. Half of America’s school children ride the bus every day and school may be the last place victims are seen before they disappear entirely.
Please participate in this webinar to learn more about the crime of human trafficking and how to partner with BOTL so that all members of the busing industry are equipped with the information necessary to help fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs. If everyone in the bus industry understood the crime of human trafficking and how to report it effectively, imagine how many lives would be saved?
Annie Sovcik is the Program Director for Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), a new initiative of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). 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 has also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Human Rights First, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. 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.