Zonar announced a Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) app will be available for free download on all Samsung in-cab tablets before the end of the year.
App provides quick resources for drivers to identify and report trafficking incidents
SEATTLE, Wash. – November 14, 2022 - Zonar, the leader in smart mobility solutions, today announced a Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) app will be available for free download on all Samsung in-cab tablets before the end of the year. The free app, developed by TAT, will help truckers identify and quickly report instances of labor and sex trafficking observed while on their routes.
There are an estimated 50 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, with approximately 24.9 million men, women, and children trafficked and sold globally each year. Still, a lack of identification and reporting resources for human trafficking issues has historically underrepresented the size and scale of the issue.
Supporting Zonar’s mission and commitment to safety for every person on the road, the TAT app encourages fleet dispatchers and drivers to educate themselves on the tell-tale signs – and the subtler indicators – of human trafficking, while providing an in-cab resource to quickly report incidents.
"The adage ‘see something, say something’ works," said Laura Cyrus, senior director of industry training and outreach at TAT. "Since 2009, TAT has trained over 1.3 million industry professionals on human trafficking and drivers have now made thousands of calls to the hotline and law enforcement, resulting in the recovery of victims and the arrest of perpetrators. Given the nature of this crime and that it is often hiding in plain sight, professional drivers are uniquely positioned to be the eyes and ears of the roadways as critical points of safety and recovery for victims of human trafficking."
The TAT app trains truckers to identify signs of victimization, particularly in areas that members of the transportation industry frequent such as truck stops, rest areas, city streets, and warehouses. The platform encourages tips be made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, where all reports are confidential. After tips are reported, law enforcement and emergency workers are contacted by the hotline. Additionally, the app and the hotline may encourage tips be made directly to 911.
"It is imperative that truckers understand the proactive steps they can take to recognize and report suspicious activity," said Jill Snyder, Compliance and Safety Director at Zonar. "From local government up to the federal level, law enforcement and advocacy groups are stepping up to lead anti-trafficking efforts. At Zonar, we’re working to be part of the solution too."
Learn more about the partnership between Truckers Against Trafficking and Zonar and the TAT app.
About Truckers Against Trafficking Truckers Against Trafficking is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the trucking, bus and energy industries to fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs. For more information, visit www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.
About Zonar Founded in 2001, Zonar has pioneered smart mobility solutions throughout vocational, pupil, mass transit and commercial trucking industries. The Zonar mission is to enhance the safety, performance, and success of our customers by transforming the delivery of innovative insights for commercial fleets around the world. Zonar achieves this by helping fleets of all sizes maximize the use of their assets with solutions dedicated to improving compliance, efficiency, maintenance, ridership visibility, safety, and tracking. Cloud-based services with open APIs drive Zonar smart mobility solutions by making it easy for fleet owners and managers to stay connected to their fleets and drivers and operators to dispatch. Headquartered in Seattle and part of the Continental family, Zonar also has a Technology Development Center in downtown Seattle, a regional presence in Cincinnati, and distribution centers in both the Seattle and Chicago metro areas.