Top law enforcers gather in San Antonio to urge truckers to report child prostitution

September 2, 2016 GMT

Top state and area law enforcers joined representatives of the trucking industry here Thursday in supporting a nonprofit organization that hopes to educate the nation’s 3 million licensed truckers on the signs of human sex trafficking at truck stops, highway rest stops and motels.

Pulling out his cell phone, John Esparza, CEO of the Texas Trucking Association, said, “This is the tool we’re asking truckers to use.”

He was joined by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood, San Antonio Police Department Assistant Chief James Flavin, and Lyn Thompson, the founder of the Oklahoma-based nonprofit Truckers Against Trafficking.

While police say adult prostitution has been a staple for decades at many truck stops, Truckers Against Trafficking wants drivers to be more alert to children who seem to linger at rest stops or walk idly between trucks. They can report suspected trafficking to 1-888-373-7888 or at truckersagainsttrafficking.org.

“We are a corridor for trafficking from Mexico to the north,” LaHood said. “It’s a big issue.”