TravelCenters of America Continues Support of Truckers against Trafficking
Through Education Efforts on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
WESTLAKE, Ohio -- January 8, 2013
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA® and Petro
Stopping Centers® travel center brands, is continuing its support of the
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) organization by helping to educate guests
at its travel centers nationwide on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
on January 11, 2013.
On January 11, participating TA and Petro locations will offer information to
customers about TAT, the fight against human trafficking, and how truckers who
are visiting travel centers can help. TAT asks that truckers be aware of the
signs of human trafficking and to place a call to the National Human
Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), at 1-888-373-7888, if they suspect an
TravelCenters has led the way in support of TAT in the trucking industry.
Since May 2011, the company has been distributing trafficking education and
awareness materials at TA and Petro locations nationwide. Additionally,
TravelCenters has trained all of its employees on the red flags of human
The NHTRC has reported that between December 7, 2007 and October 30, 2012, 469
calls were received from truckers suspecting trafficking incidents. More than
200 of those calls were received in 2012 alone, indicating that awareness
since TA and Petro have provided support materials has increased.
“With our travel centers situated just off many highway exits, guests at our
locations, particularly professional drivers, may be in a unique position to
spot potential human trafficking situations. Drivers simply make a phone call
if they see a situation that looks out of the norm; truck drivers are happy to
help TAT and NHTRC in their efforts to fight human trafficking,” said Tom
O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters.
More information on TAT can be found at www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.
About TravelCenters of America LLC
TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), headquartered in Westlake, Ohio,
is a leading travel center business in 41 states and Canada operating under
the TA and Petro Stopping Centers brands. With 243 convenient locations off
interstate highway exits, TA and Petro offer customers diesel and gasoline
fueling services, nearly 500 full- and quick-service restaurants, 24-hour
convenience stores, heavy truck maintenance services, RoadSquad Connect™
(24/7/365 emergency roadside service), electronic communication (WiFi), and
many other services – all within large, high traffic facilities. For more
information on TravelCenters and TA, please visit www.tatravelcenters.com. For
more information on Petro Stopping Centers, please visit
TravelCenters of America
Tom Liutkus, 440-808-7364
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