SALT LAKE CITY October 12, 2016 – Attorney General Sean D. Reyes and the Utah Attorney General’s Office co-hosted a training with the Utah Trucking Association on Tuesday on best practices in successfully detecting and investigating human trafficking crimes.
“As human trafficking continues to be a problem across the country, I am grateful for the efforts of Truckers Against Trafficking to educate, inform, and train their industry,” said Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. “By taking a victim-centered approach, Truckers Against Trafficking members are able to work cooperatively with law enforcement to bring greater awareness to this important issue and to make sure that victims receive the help they need.”
“Our thanks to the Utah Attorney General’s Office and the Utah Trucking Association for a highly productive coalition build meeting,” said Esther Goetsch, Truckers Against Trafficking Coalition Build Specialist. “Not only were those in the room today much more effectively equipped to recognize, report and respond to human trafficking situations, but the follow-up strategies participants committed themselves to will have an exponential effect as law enforcement officers and trucking industry stakeholders take this message back to their departments and companies.”
The briefing, conducted by a coalition of groups including the Utah Attorney General’s Office (AGO), the Utah Trucking Association, the Utah Trafficking in Person’s Task Force (UTIP), Truckers Against Trafficking, and managers from a number of truck stops in the Salt Lake City area, heard panels on human trafficking, combatting human trafficking through the trucking industry, and from a survivor of sex trafficking. Participants in the panels included Leo Lucey, Chief of Investigations for the Utah AGO, Nate Mutter, Section Chief of Special Prosecutions and Public Corruption at the Utah AGO, Major Brian Redd from the Utah Department of Public Safety, Sgt. Jason Ackerman from Unified Police Department, Utah AGO Justice Division Director Greg Ferbrache, and Beth Jacobs, a Truckers Against Trafficking Field Trainer.
Find linked below a fact sheet on Truckers Against Trafficking. For further information on Truckers Against Trafficking, please contact Esther Goetsch at 612-888-4828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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