JACKSON, Miss.- A first-of-its-kind human trafficking exhibit will appear at the fair October 14th until October 17th.
The mobile exhibit is a Freedom Drivers project that shows how the trucking industry is fighting human trafficking. Their goal is to inform the public of the realities of human trafficking. Its operated by Truckers Against Trafficking or TAT and is sponsored by Mississippi Trucking Association, MTA.
“Truckers Against Trafficking was founded to work in association with the trucking industry to combat the ever-growing problem of human trafficking in the U.S.,” said MTA President Hal Miller. “Through the efforts of TAT, many trucking companies across the country are training their driving force to be on the lookout for these traffickers and their victims in hopes of intervening to begin to reduce this horrible crime.”
“It’s a converted show trailer that we tour the country with, to educate and empower not only members of the trucking industry but members of the community as well. We want to give them an insight into the stories of survivors of sex trafficking,” said project director Helen Vandam.
There are also photos of TAT members and how they are individually and collectively working to end human trafficking. It not only provides visitors with an idea of what sex trafficking really is, but steps you can take to play your part in ending it.
The exhibit is also being sponsored by Governor Phil Bryant, Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, the Mississippi Center for Violence Prevention, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Transportation Commissioners Tom King, Dick Hall and Mike Tagert.
The exhibit is set up on the State Fairgrounds near the Coliseum. You can visit www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org or for more information on the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking visit www.governorbryant.com/governor-bryant-creates-human-trafficking-task-force.