"They are already trained to be vigilant, so to be vigilant for this is something that is right in their wheelhouse."Van Dam said companies that partner with Truckers Against Trafficking show their drivers a video that breaks down some of the stereotypes about the sex industry and explains to drivers some of the signs of sex trafficking — like minors soliciting sex, women with tattoos that indicate ownership or men coming to truck stops at night with vehicles full of women.The drivers are also given logos to put in their windows with the number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (1-888-373-7888) and little brochures to keep in their wallets that describe how and when to report possible human trafficking.It wasn't until recently, however, that Karnes realized all that she might have missed along the way.

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Van Dam said 240,000 drivers are registered as being trained by Truckers Against Trafficking, and they have generated more than 1,400 hotline calls that led to more than 450 human trafficking cases with about 1,000 victims.

Patrick Wilkins, owner of Specialized Driver Training, said he heard about the program about a month ago and wanted his company to get involved."A lot of this stuff happens at truck stops and places where there might not be a lot of eyes from the community around — other than truck drivers," Wilkins said.

The Missouri Department of Transportation also works with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness about human trafficking.

A 21-year-old Springfield man was charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy Thursday after he met a 12-year-old girl online earlier this year, then drove to her Greene County home and allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Genovese does not appear in an online Greene County Jail roster.

Here's where you can meet singles in Springfield, Vermont.The incident is described in a probable cause statement used to charge Christoph with five counts of statutory sodomy and one count of statutory rape.The abuse allegedly began around Christmas 2016 when the girl was 13.Eric Jones, right, an instructor at Specialized Driver Training, and student Brian Frazier walk back to the truck during training at the school.Students are being taught how to recognize and report sex trafficking while on the road. She and her husband traveled across the country, from the Great Plains to the streets of New York City.Specialized Driver Training is one of three organizations in Springfield that is a registered partner with Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit that shows truck drivers how to recognize and help victims of human trafficking they might encounter on the roadways or at truck stops."I just wish there was more information out there when we were driving," Karnes said.