Under new regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers who have been convicted on human trafficking charges will no longer be able to obtain a commercial driver’s license.
The transportation infrastructure in the U.S. is frequently taken advantage of by traffickers to move victims around the country. These new regulations are an important step to keeping our roads safer for all children.
“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.
Last October, Michelle Guelbart, Director Private Sector Engagement at ECPAT-USA, was selected to serve on the Advisory Committee Against Human Trafficking of the U.S. Department of Transportation. As a member, she provided information, advice, and recommendations to the DOT on matters relating to human trafficking.
“As a member of the United State Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee Against Human Trafficking, I applaud these new regulations to prevent trafficking in the commercial transportation industry,” Guelbart said. “This issue touches industries in all areas and only through working together can we create a world where children can grow up free from the fear of exploitation.