Casey’s General Stores and Kum & Go partner to combat human trafficking
(Casey’s General Stores) Human trafficking happens 365 days a year in every zip code in America and no community is immune. Traffickers exploit people regardless of race, gender, citizenship, age, or socioeconomic status. It is the second largest, and fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.
In an effort to combat this crime and embrace a responsibility to support our communities, Kum & Go and Casey’s are proudly coming together to announce a partnership with Convenience Stores Against Trafficking (CSAT) to raise awareness against trafficking and help victims escape this vicious cycle. CSAT is a program of In Our Backyard, a national nonprofit known for its anti-trafficking work.
Kum & Go has nearly 400 store locations throughout the Midwest. Casey’s has more than 2,100 stores in small and midsize markets in the Midwest and South. Together, their large footprint represents a multi-state effort to protect victims who have been conditioned to accept their circumstances and may not be able to seek out help on their own. By leveraging a network of stores, many that are open 24 hours a day, Kum & Go and Casey’s can provide a collective neighborhood watch and safe haven made up of caring associates and customers. Associates will participate in CSAT training and place stickers in bathroom stalls with numbers for victims to call or text to reach the National Human
According to Kum & Go President, Tanner Krause, “Kum & Go is committed to improving our neighborhoods, and this partnership with CSAT is our most recent effort to make days better. If we can help just one person as a result, everything we do is worth it.”
“Casey’s is always looking for ways to support and improve our communities” said Terry Handley, CEO of Casey’s General Stores. “We recognize that we can play an important role in identifying and deterring human trafficking in our communities.”
The focus of Casey’s and Kum & Go’s partnership with CSAT is aimed at saving lives. CSAT empowers the convenience store industry through training while providing victim outreach and public awareness. “Our hope is that an employee will trust their gut and make a phone call immediately after suspected traffickers and victims have left the store. That call can save a life and stop traffickers from exploiting more victims,” declares CSAT Program Director Juliana Williams.
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