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Trucking school trying to make a difference in combating human trafficking

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ANTIGO, Wis. (WAOW) -- It's a scary thought for anyone, but human trafficking is an issue that's all too real.

You may think that human trafficking happens in questionable locations but, in reality, authorities say it may be more visible than you think so they're counting on local resources to be the eyes and ears on the roads.

"I have nieces and nephews and, I mean, to think that they could be victims of this," said Mac Gomber, a student at Karl's Transport CDL Training School.

Truck drivers are everywhere.

"It (human trafficking) happens all over the place: it happens in parking lots, it happens in big box stores, it happens in stadiums," said Tim Kordula, instructor/administrator for Karl's Transport CDL Training School.

That's why Karl's Transport CDL, a trucking company in Antigo, is trying to make a difference.

"There are 4 million truck drivers out on the road right now and we see so many things going on and our drivers need to be aware," said Kordula.

The state of Wisconsin now requires CDL students and instructors to talk and learn about human trafficking.

Kordula says, "We're the eyes and ears out there -- more so than any other industry in this country."

But even before that, Karl's Transport was already educating students on the signs to look out for using an eight-week course.

"What we want our students to know is, first of all, what is it? What amounts to human trafficking? Of course, that's force fraud and corrosion; it's the out of the ordinary, a younger person with an older person," said Kordula.

Kordula, says the impact these conversations have on students is one step closer to making a difference.

"We can make such an impact, we're mobile we see things that probably even times of the day most people would be either sleeping," said Gomber.

Now the students are taking what they've learned in hopes of putting a stop to human trafficking.

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