It is a common misconception that human trafficking exists in rural villages across the sea in developing countries. Well this is true. But it is also very wrong. It doesn’t just exist there. It exists EVERYWHERE! Including the U.S. Domestic studies have shown that the largest trafficking routes are of course along truck routes. And then of course there is the sexual exploitation at the truck stops. So we definitly need to be recruiting truckers in this battle. And this guy is!
By Robbie Couch, Huffington Post
Bo Quickel understands the way to stop sex trafficking comes down to simple economics.
“I want to end slavery,” he told WLTX News. “So in order to end slavery, I have to focus 100 percent on the demand.”
Quickel is the founder of Vigilante Truth, a faith-based nonprofit under Vigilante Truckers that aims to educate truck drivers — many who believe they’re hiring a paid escort for the evening and not a sex trafficking victim — on how the illegal activity works.
As Quickel told the Mooresville Tribune, demand is high for sex trafficking victims among those driving behind the wheel. Truck drivers believe they’re hiring a willing individual for sexual services, Quickel explained, and don’t understand the victims don’t get paid — their pimps, who coerce and control them, do.
Quickel wants as many truckers as possible to understand how the industry works. That’s why he wrapped eight of his trucks with informational messages on sex trafficking and a hotline number for victims to access help in rest areas throughout the Southeast.