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Bill would require Utah truckers to be trained to identify victims of human trafficking

SALT LAKE CITY — A Davis County lawmaker is sponsoring a bill that would require truck drivers in Utah to be trained to spot victims of human trafficking before they can renew their commercial driver's license.

SB213 authorizes and instructs commercial drivers to take a course on human trafficking and obtain a certificate to renew a CDL license.

Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, said the connection between truck drivers and human trafficking is that truckers are "often in the same environment" as the women or children being trafficked. The bill sponsor said he worked with Operation Underground Railroad to draft SB213.

The bill comes in context of a wider national effort to combat human trafficking. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, helped the U.S. Senate pass a bill recently to create a national human trafficking advisory council, pointing to such successes as Utah's Operation Underground Railroad.