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The Truckers Who Are Taking on Human Trafficking

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A few months ago, over-the-road truck driver Gary Mars pulled into a rest stop in Oklahoma, just across the Arkansas border. Sitting in the cab of his truck, he watched a car pull up; five teenage girls who looked around 16 years old got out and sat at a picnic table using their cellphones. A man who was driving the car came over and took some of their phones away and went back to the car.

“It struck me as kind of odd, how they were grouped like they were and how they were dressed like they were,” he remembers.