FHP Organizes First Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative

JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Interstate 10 is a hotspot for human trafficking and runs from Jacksonville through Jackson County to California. That’s why Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) soldiers held an anti-human trafficking initiative in Sneads on Wednesday.

“Human trafficking is something we’ve been doing for several years, but we were finally able to run a three-day awareness campaign and use our agency’s internal parts,” Lt. Jason King said.

FHP focused on commercial trucks for this detail. Troopers said they looked for signs of human trafficking when inspecting commercial vehicles.

“We are able to establish one-on-one contact with the driver and inspect their vehicle for any faulty equipment, as well as, for the duration of that servicing and interaction, we are able to tell where it is. come. where they’re heading from and if by any chance they have an indication that would give us suspicion, there could be something going on in the tractor-trailer or the tractor-trailer,” King said.

With multiple parts of the agency coming together for this detail, they were able to cover all of their bases.

“We can arrest them for bypassing the weigh station and investigate why they may have overshot it, and then we also look for passenger vehicles and other smaller vehicles that may also be involved in the human trafficking,” Private Jake Moore said.

However, there is another reason why they wanted to do this detail. FHP not only verified trafficked persons, but also raised awareness by distributing pamphlets.

“They are professional drivers, overall they are good people, they are hard working people, and they work hard, they drive millions of miles a year, they go to truck stops and rest areas that we don’t get to come in all the time, and they see things and hear things that we don’t, so we ask them if you see something, say something, report it, and we give them the information for a way to do it,” King said.

None of the vehicles shown in this story were found to be human trafficking in Wednesday’s details. Officials said if you see anything that might involve human trafficking, call 1-888-373-7888, or text “INFO” or “HELP” to 233733.

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