Decker drivers pitch in to combat human trafficking

Fort Dodge trucking firm does business throughout the US, positioning itself as a crucial force to save lives

Truck drivers see a lot of things as they travel the nation’s roads.

The nature of their job can put them in the right place at the right time to see something and report it in time to save a life. They already do so every day by reporting crashes and other emergencies.

Now, the drivers of Decker Truck Line Inc., based in Fort Dodge, are taking it one step further by learning how to recognize and report signs of possible human trafficking.

Human trafficking is defined as the illegal transportation of a person to another location for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation.

Decker Truck Line Inc. has more than 700 drivers who haul freight throughout the continental United States. In short, they’re all over the place and can observe all kinds of things.

Rick George, the company’s vice president of safety, described the truckers as “the eyes and ears out on the highway.”

The company has partnered with Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit organization that provides training and resources on how to spot and report human trafficking to law enforcement.

“We became aware of it and wanted to participate to do what we could do to help this,” George said. “That’s why we felt the need to train our drivers.”

We feel giving drivers the tools they need to spot and report human trafficking may someday save someone from the clutches of a kidnapper intent on trafficking their victims.

The Messenger applauds Decker Truck Line Inc. for having the foresight to get involved in this potentially lifesaving effort.