With an International Studies bachelor’s degree in Latin American Politics and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Kylla Leeburg, along with her family, set out to tackle a massive and dangerous crisis in America: Human Trafficking.
Together, in 2007, they formed Chapter 61 Ministries and in 2009 they realized they were missing out on an important aspect which could bring enormous help in the fight against modern day slavery: the United States trucking industry.
Her idea inspired the formation of the ever-growing, Truckers Against Trafficking organization.
Kylla, who was recently named District Teacher of the Year in Oklahoma, began as a missionary in El Salvador, working with gang members, later publishing her book about the experience titled, “My Life Crazy.” Her story is one listed on the cover of the current Land Line Magazine issue.
Realizing that victims of human trafficking are “lost” and have nobody to turn to for help, Truckers Against Trafficking was a vital step in raising awareness about this $32 billion dollar per year industry. Since its inception, over 125 truck drivers across 30 states have called in to the National Hotline, saving over 100 victims, many of which were under the age of thirteen. The number to call is 888-373-7888.
Kylla, along with her sister, Kendis Paris, the National Director for Truckers Against Trafficking, report that more truckers are becoming involved in the fight against human trafficking, utilizing the wallet cards and window decals provided by the organization.
Major players in the trucking industry have also stepped up in the fight: the T/A Travel Centers are using materials provided by Chapter 61 and Truckers Against Trafficking, training their employees about the human trafficking crisis.
Kylla points out that professional truck drivers are proving themselves to be freedom fighters as well, standing up and fighting back against a just cause and becoming the voice for those who need such desperate help from a life of modern day human slavery.
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