Human trafficking is a worldwide issue that enslaves millions of people in the world, and unfortunately most of them are minors and even small children. Hence, every help and information regarding a possible human trafficking is highly welcomed.
UPS got involved in the fight against this issue in 2016 teaming up with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) and started training their freight truckers how to spot signs of sex trafficking.
The global logistics giant – UPS have trained up to now almost 100,000 of their workers to help in the battle against human trafficking. The UPS freight drivers are supposed to monitor locations like highway motels and truck stops that are the ideal transit points for traffickers.
The company even went further by involving the drivers and supervisors of the urban and suburban areas. The program got expanded starting from January 2020, and thus involving the drivers that take regular rounds in the neighborhoods.
In a company statement it was said:
“We have now provided training to our entire U.S. driving operations, more than 97,000 drivers and supervisors, including delivery providers and over the road semi-tractor trail.”
In their training it is now included the recognition of “branded tattoos” on victims like “Daddy” or “Moneymaker” reported by Helen Van Dam in charge of the UPS’ Freedom Drivers Project.
Danelle McCusker Rees, Human Resources President for UPS’s domestic operations, stated the following: “It puts a different layer on their relationship that we have with our drivers to understand it’s not just about the company. It’s not just about our employees, but it’s truly about our community. This issue impacts everyone.”
The effort of UPS in fighting human trafficking is amazing, but this ii not their only project helping the community.
On their website their goals of community improvement are clearly stated:
“UPS aims to make the world a safer place by leveraging UPS logistics expertise, resources, and philanthropy to enhance the safety and resilience of communities through support of and collaboration with organizations involved in humanitarian relief and resilience, global road safety, human trafficking programs and local community safety initiatives.”
This company has been supporting many organizations for many years and offered financial means to UNICEF, American Red Cross, World Food Program, CARE, Salvation Army, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Additionally, UPS has initiated disaster preparedness programs all over the world and participated in projects like environmental sustainability, Road safety education, and access to Higher Education for African American college graduates. UPS is present in many other projects and has greatly contributed in logistics and supply chain expertise thus strengthening the public health systems.
Human Trafficking on the Rise
In the human history there has always been some type of slavery and even if we have reached the modern era slavery is still present thanks to the human trafficking. It has become a global issue and increasing as the criminal profiteers have realized that there is more money in human trafficking than in selling arms and drugs.
According to the International Labour Organization in 2016 about 25 million people were in forced labor, out of which 5 million were exploitation victims. The profits of this type activity are very high and it is believed that it can generate a profit of almost $150 billion per year.
“Traffickers have discovered that instead of selling arms and drugs once, human beings can be sold over and over again, making them more profit.”
Therefore having eyes on the ground is more than helpful and there is nothing better to use the services of the companies that are in close touch to the communities. UPS is one of them that offered its help in the battle against the modern slavery.
Their network is so massive as it operates via air, sea, ground and rail transport networks worldwide. In this logistics company work almost half a million people in over 220 countries and territories in the world.