In January 2015, an RV pulled into a truck stop in Virginia. Observant professional truck driver Kevin Kimmel recognized
suspicious activity around that RV, which had pulled back by the truck line, and decided something was off.
Instead of turning a
blind eye, he made a call that brought law enforcement out to the scene within a few minutes. After interviewing the occupants
of the vehicle, they discovered that a young woman, 20 years old, had been kidnapped from Iowa two weeks prior. She had
been beaten, raped, her whole body burned by instruments heated on the RV stove, branded and starved. She was being sold by
her traffickers, Laura Sorenson and Aldair Hodza, through sex ads on Craigslist, where men were purchasing her and then arriving
at the RV to rape her.
She was dying from malnutrition and the torture she was subjected to … had the call not been made that
brought law enforcement out to that truck stop, doctors said she would have died within the next few days. Now a recovering
survivor, this young woman calls Kimmel her guardian angel. He calls himself a Trucker Against Trafficking.
Truckers Against Trafficking is a non-profit organization that has been working with the trucking industry since 2009 to provide
the needed training and tools to enable members of the industry to both recognize human trafficking when they see it
happening and to know what actions to take to enable law enforcement to effectively fight this crime. Through this training and
these tools, truckers
are becoming Everyday Heroes like Kevin Kimmel, who was also named TAT’s 2015 Harriet Tubman Award
One of the tools TAT provides is a wallet card with red flags
to look for, questions to ask if you suspect someone is a
victim and actionable information to report. This wallet card
is available by App, from the appropriate App Store, on all
smart phones, whether Android, iPhone or Windows format,