In a time where every issue seems to carry with it elements of partisanship and an “us versus them” mentality, it is refreshing to reflect upon issues that bring all together, regardless of color, creed, or party lines. Human trafficking is one such issue that seems to have bipartisan support in protecting victims and in the effort to work to combat this form of slavery.
While human trafficking is indeed modern day slavery, and the victims of trafficking are subjected to unthinkable torture physically, emotionally, and spiritually, it’s still essential for us to acknowledge the large strides that are being taken to end trafficking worldwide. It’s time for some good news!
Earlier this year, UPS announced that they will be working with Truckers Against Trafficking to train their drivers to recognize and report cases of human trafficking. They plan to train all of their freight drivers by the end of the year.
Delta Airlines is also working to provide training to their employees to recognize the signs of human trafficking on board their aircrafts. As of March 7, 54,000 Delta employees have been trained, and now they are encouraging Delta customers to join in their efforts to end human trafficking. Through a partnership with Polaris, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, “all Delta SkyMiles members can now donate miles to Polaris through [the] SkyWish program at Delta.com to cover the airfare survivors need to return home, receive critical services, reunite with their families or engage in survivor leadership opportunities.”
These are critical partnerships and training initiatives that will save the lives of numerous individuals. I am filled with hope after hearing about these initiatives of dedication and goodwill coming together to save countless women, men, and children around the world. This is progress, and this is good news!