The state of Kansas is taking additional steps to combat human trafficking.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office announced Tuesday that commercial driver’s license applicants will have to complete a human trafficking awareness training in order to get their licenses approved beginning July 1.
“It’s giving our truckers, our people that are all over the road, all over the country, some tools to be able to report things when they see them,” Jennifer White with ICT SOS said.
ICT SOS combats human trafficking in the Wichita area and beyond.
The training is produced by a national organization, Truckers Against Trafficking. It includes a short video for applicants to view and answer questions on. According to the AG’s office, applicants only have to complete the training once, not every time they renew their license.
“We’ve seen kids and young adults moved throughout our state, we see our kids moved from our state out to other states, so the highway systems are definitely an avenue that people are being moved…they have the opportunity to come into contact with someone who may be able to see they’re in a bad situation and may be able to say something,” White said.
Another group that will receive the training? Bus drivers.
“They have kids that are in their sight during the day, they have some of our population that’s really highly-vulnerable to being taken advantage of in their sights day-to-day…they may be one of the only people that person comes into contact with that’s in a position to say, ‘hey, something’s not right here,” White said.
The training curriculum can be viewed here: education.truckersagainsttrafficking.org