Beer distributors partner with National Beer Wholesalers Association on training to identify and report signs of human trafficking
Bay City, Mich. – Fabiano Brothers has partnered with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) for an awareness training to educate employees on recognizing and reporting the warning signs of human trafficking. Fabiano Brother’s efforts are part of a nationwide campaign to help combat human trafficking in communities across the United States.
“As a local business, Fabiano Brothers is always looking for ways to make a difference in the communities we serve,” said James C. Fabiano II, President. “Sadly, every community is vulnerable to the horrors of human trafficking, and our distribution areas are no exception. The employees of Fabiano Brothers, who visit thousands of licensed retail locations each week, are preparing to be an extra set of eyes and ears in the fight against human trafficking.”
Beer distributors collectively visit more than 640,000 retail establishments across the country, including bars, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, package stores, sports arenas and grocery stores. They are uniquely positioned to combat this heinous crime given their access to locations at accounts often unseen by the public.
To help distributors understand human trafficking, identify the signs, and respond if they suspect this heinous crime is happening, NBWA partnered with Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healy, Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and Executive Director of Street, Grace Camila Zolfaghari, to produce an awarness training video.
Approximately 500 Fabiano Brothers employees will have participated in the awareness training session, which has also become a part of the company’s onboarding process. Fabiano Brothers employees have also been equipped with contact information to alert authorities if they spot suspicious behaviors and tip cards containing red flag behaviors to carry with them as they visit accounts. Furthermore, Fabiano Brothers is making an effort to educate the general public about the signs of Human Trafficking and what to do when it is detected, with posters in retail establishments and decals on delivery trailers.
Human trafficking continues to be a major issue across the United States. According to a recent study, over 9,000 instances of human trafficking have been reported in Michigan and Wisconsin alone since 2007.
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