Honoring the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut for Their Efforts to Combat Human Traffickingby Representative Rosa L. DeLauro
Posted on 2013-12-16
in the house of representatives
Monday, December 16, 2013
Ms. DeLAURO. Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride that I rise today to
extend my deepest thanks and appreciation to the Motor Transport
Association of Connecticut for their many efforts to combat human
trafficking, including their most recent action in honoring Kendis
Paris and ``Truckers Against Trafficking'' with their highest honor,
the ``Good Buddy Award.''
As you know, each year hundreds of thousands of women and children
are abducted and forced into prostitution and enslaved under some of
the most abusive of circumstances. The Federal Bureau of Investigation
has identified truck stops and rest areas as places where these
abductions can occur. The Motor Transportation Association of
Connecticut (MTAC), an organization dedicated to promoting the
interests of Connecticut's trucking industry, has taken a leadership
role in the national effort to combat this terrible epidemic. Truckers
are the eyes and ears of our nation's highways--indeed just this past
July, in one weekend, with the help of truckers and others, more than
100 teenagers were rescued. The leadership and members of MTAC have
taken a special interest in this cause, making it a top priority.
At their most recent annual meeting, MTAC demonstrated their commitment to this effort by recognizing ``Truckers Against Trafficking,'' a national non-profit organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking, and its co-founder, Kendis Paris, with their 2013 Good Buddy Award--a demonstration of the high level of esteem that MTAC holds for both the program and Kendis. I am proud to say that, in addition to these actions, MTAC has been working with me to develop a legislative agenda focused on combatting human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a rampant issue that is impacting the lives of millions across the world, hundreds of thousands in our nation alone. I applaud the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, Truckers Against Trafficking, and Kendis Paris for their remarkable work in combating this appalling practice. I look forward to continuing to work with them and to someday realize the goal we all share--to ensure that every woman and child is protected from such a dreadful fate.