The United States announced a ban on commercial drivers from operating if they have been convicted of human trafficking.
The move was initiated by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) after President Donald Trump signed the No Human Trafficking On Our Roads Act.
“This is an important step in the department-wide campaign to keep America’s roadways, railways, airways, and waterways from being used for human trafficking,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The ban will cover all commercial drivers who traffick people while operating a commercial motor vehicle.
“The commercial motor vehicle industry is uniquely positioned to help detect and report human trafficking, and thankfully professional drivers’ efforts often bring an end to these tragic situations. Sadly, however, some human trafficking activities are facilitated by the use of commercial trucks or buses,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.
“By enforcing a lifetime ban on any CMV driver convicted of severe human trafficking, we aim to deliver a strong and effective deterrent to this abhorrent behavior. If a commercial driver is convicted of using their commercial motor vehicle related to human trafficking—that person will never be driving interstate commercial vehicles again.”
On July 2, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s advisory committee on human trafficking submitted its final report to the department providing recommendations on actions the department can take to help combat human trafficking. It also recommended best practices for states and local transportation stakeholders in combatting human trafficking.
In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security identified over 500 victims of human trafficking and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated 1 out of every 7 runaways were likely victims of child sex trafficking.