WASHINGTON – Human trafficking is not just modern-day
slavery. It’s a hidden crime, as victims rarely come forward to seek help
because of language barriers, fear of the traffickers or fear of law
Every year, millions of men, women and children are
trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. It is
estimated that human trafficking generates many billions of dollars of profit
per year, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable form of transnational
To help combat this heinous crime, NACS announced a
partnership in July 2017 with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)
Blue Campaign, providing convenience retailers with access to NACS-branded DHS
Blue Campaign training and awareness materials for download—including
posters, handouts and other materials—free of charge.
As valuable partners within their own community, convenience
stores can help play a role in combating human trafficking.
serve 160 million customers a day in every community across the country 24
hours a day. Our industry is well equipped to share important messages with our
customers so they can collectively create the equivalent of a neighborhood
watch program in their communities. We are proud to work with the Department of
Homeland Security on this important issue,” said NACS Vice President of
Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, with January
11 designated as Human Trafficking Day. DHS developed The Blue Campaign to work
with organizations and businesses, such as gas stations, truck stops and
convenience retailers, to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Another organization which works closely with convenience
stores to bring awareness to human trafficking issues in their community is
CSAT, a program of the national nonprofit In Our
Backyard, CSAT raises public awareness, safely reaches out to victims, and
trains convenience store employees to recognize and report trafficking. To
learn more about working with CSAT, contact email@example.com.
“Representing one-third of all retail stores in the United
States, convenience stores don’t just sell products and services that people
enjoy; they make a difference in their communities and help address important
national initiative groups at a local level,” says Lenard.