American gangsters have found that prostituting minors is a source of prestige and income. Human traffickers have discovered that American children are easier to recruit and sell than foreign victims because there is no need to cross the border. Both innocent young males and females can be abducted right off the street. Threatened and doped these young victims become sex slaves and income sources for these criminals. It happens everyday here in America… and also right here in Washington.

National Statistics on Domestic Sex Trafficking:
+ According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), 100,000 to 293,000 children are in danger of becoming sexual commodities.
+ The U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section reports 12 is the average age of entry into pornography and prostitution in the U.S.
+ According to Shared Hope International, eight of the 112 minors trafficked from out-of-state into Nevada for prostitution between August 2005 and December 2006 were from Washington State.

The organization Truckers Against Trafficking is leading the fight against trafficking by asking truckers for assistance. Truck producers, trucking companies and many other transportation related groups are donating time, money, and energies to help. Truckers can spread the news by placing information on their vehicles and taking individual action when they see potential victims.

Recently, Helen Van Dam, the Freedom Drivers Project Director of Truckers Against Trafficking, visited Washington State. She said, “By invitation of the Washington State Patrol TAT and our Freedom Drivers Project, mobile exhibit attended the Washington State Inspector’s Challenge and the Washington Trucking Association’s Truck Driving Championship. We spoke to all competitors about the reality of domestic sex trafficking and the vital role they play in helping to end this heinous crime. Attending these events not only provides a wonderful opportunity for TAT to celebrate the best of state patrol and trucking in the state but also allows us to educate and empower individuals to take a second look and make the call that can save lives.”

“The Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) is a first-of-its-kind, mobile exhibit serving as a remarkable tool to educate members of the trucking industry, law enforcement and general public about domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry is combating it. From the compelling exterior imagery on this 48-foot trailer to the interior’s video monitors and actual trafficking artifacts from women and children who had been enslaved by traffickers, this trailer serves as a powerful education tool for many. It also celebrates the real Truckers Against Trafficking who are working to drive change in this area, and connects deeply with visitors, both intellectually and emotionally, to drive greater awareness about the problems and the simple action steps anyone can take to help.”

Janet Runbeck, president of the local Soroptimist Club in Tacoma, which has been fighting trafficking for the last two years as one of their main projects, was assisting at the mobile exhibit. She was helping by giving out TAT wallet cards with the phone number to report suspicious activity. She was encouraging drivers to watchout for kids in unsafe places. A man approached her. Runbeck revealed a simple confession of a truck driver viewing the display, “He shared his own experience. He told me he had been sexually abused as a child. He wants to prevent other kids from that trauma in any way he can.” That’s the impact of Truckers Against Trafficking… our everyday heroes.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance is excited to welcome the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTC) Annual Meeting to Tacoma June 12-15. AgTC is the principal voice of agriculture exporters in U.S. transportation policy.

The meeting will be the largest annual gathering of agriculture product shippers who source and deliver to foreign markets. More than 400 people are expected to attend, representing some of the largest agricultural exporters in the country.  Companies include local exporters like Anderson Hay & Grain and Lamb Weston as well as national shippers like Tyson and Cargill.

The event is a unique opportunity to hear from industry leaders about the key issues facing the agriculture and forest products community today. It is also a great opportunity to network with other industry colleagues to discuss best practices and new opportunities to better serve your customers.

The NWSA is sponsoring a boat cruise for conference attendees of the South Harbor terminals on June 12. The AgTC is also coordinating facility tours on Friday June 15 including NWSA terminals.

Historically, this meeting has occurred in San Francisco or Long Beach. The event is being held in Tacoma for the first time. It’s also the first time this group chose to hold this event in the Pacific Northwest instead of the Pacific Southwest.

Find out more about AgTC. Click here to register for the conference.

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I don’t think you’ll be driving the new electric Tesla Semi to the moon and back, but speculation is growing about the payload and savings on diesel fuel it is supposed to deliver.

” . . . a typical “day cab” configuration 18-wheeler with a diesel engine weighs roughly 32,000 pounds with a relatively lightweight box trailer attached and full fuel tanks. That leaves about 48,000 pounds of freight capacity for the truck. That’s important because, although the truck won’t be loaded to capacity every time, it will be expected to be capable of carrying up to about that weight. Most big rigs on the road are capable of hauling 44,000 or more pounds worth of freight, depending on configuration and trailer type.” –

Generally, if the new electric Tesla Semi is anything like the standard electric vehicles there will be no need to replace oil, fan belts, air filters, timing belts, head gaskets, cylinder heads and spark plugs. Also, one of the big savings with electric cars is brakes. The motor itself acts as a brake. Savings are accrued by less maintenance, fewer components, and no fuel costs.

Fred Lambert, Editor in Chief and Main Writer at Electrek says, “Elon Musk is ‘optimistic’ about beating Tesla Semi specs that competitors already don’t believe possible.” He also says, “Tesla estimates a payback period of about 2 years thanks to gas and maintenance savings.”

Supposedly the Tesla Semi has eight charging ports. A half hour of charging provides enough power to motor on down the road about 400 miles. So, in the time it takes to order and consume a chicken fried steak at a roadside diner, the rig can be ready to roll.

Tesla is still running tests and improving most aspects of the vehicle. Tesla’s all-electric Semi was spotted early February 28th on the interstate highway heading toward Tesla’s Nevada factory. The rig was making less noise that an earlier model, but still had the expected whine of the four Model 3 electric motors that power the vehicle. Sounds like it’s ready to roll.

Article written by Don Doman

EFN Event – June 16, 2018

Mark your calendar for Casino Royale!


7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Tacoma Mountaineers Club, 2302 N 30th St, Tacoma 98403

Join Emergency Food Network’s Ambassador Board for a fun night at the 5th Annual Casino Royale fundraising event! All proceeds go to support Pierce County food pantries and meal sites through the work of Emergency Food Network.

Eat, drink, and gamble for a great cause!

You can register here.

By Greg Mowat – Principal/Owner –  GTM Transformations LLC (SDVOB)    

I have always been aware of Veterans Day in early November – As a youngster visiting my maternal Grandparents before Thanksgiving I remember my Grandma helping the American Legion Post 154 (Ferndale, WA) Lady’s Auxiliary prepare poppies to be distributed in memory of those who fought in WWI (my grandfather was a veteran of the “Big War”). My Father is a veteran of WWII serving in the European theater from D Day to the occupation of Germany – Returning home shortly before the armistice with Japan, concerned as he did not have enough “points” to prevent possible re-deployment to the Pacific. The surrender in the Pacific ended his brief, though eventful, military career.

He had hoped that WWII would be the end of our Family’s contribution to military service, making his “war stories” the last to be shared around the table after large holiday dinners. He had friends who served in Korea, some of whom did not return much to his sadness. I was the oldest child in the immediate family and brother to two sisters; Dad opined that he was glad that I would be spared his experience on the battle field and the loss of those that one grows close to because of shared experience during training and warfare. Such would not be the case – I graduated from High School in the summer of 1967, attended community college through December of that year, relinquished a 2s deferment in January of 1968 and was in the United States Army on August 19th, 1968. I joined via enlistment, my longest duty station was Phu Loi, South Vietnam – August of 1969 to September of 1971 – with the 128th Assault Helicopter Co.

I am fond of telling friends and acquaintances that my military service was short, but eventful – I came away with a refined understanding of friendship, an experienced grasp of pragmatic leadership (I spent my last year in Vietnam as the NCOIC of the 128th’s avionics shop), and a respect for public/national service as the core of our national community. Many would have you believe that military service is about action, honor, valor, sacrifice, and heroism – All of that is true at a certain level and needs to be appreciated; I believe that there is a deeper, more profound level at which military service is about love, fulfillment, learning, growing and at the core, about cooperation, collaboration, and securing our shared community of friends, family, and those we love.

I have no problem with the Veteran Day sales, advertising with the flag in the background (or foreground as the case may be), and much of the general hype which accompanies the holiday activities in our commercial culture – It is all part of what I and the previous veterans, current veterans, and future veterans commit to protect as we accept the oath to the constitution upon entering the service. For the same reason, I am reasonably neutral regarding the back and forth around the flag and national anthem – I served to ensure that the freedom to honor same of not would be preserved. To curb any of this, no matter how we may individually feel, fly’s in the face of our service and the sacrifice of our comrades. Finally, I appreciate being recognized for my service, having said that, I am most honored by a rewarding career, secure community, and safe family – I matured, learned, developed, and blossomed in the U.S. Army: receiving decent work and career fulfillment is the best Thanks!

Our current 21st century veterans are amongst the best trained, best educated, highest achieving ever. I would be most thankful to my fellow Transportation Club of Tacoma colleagues for every effort that they are able to pursue to reach out to these superb women and men who have served our nation and provide opportunities for these veterans to transition successfully to civilian careers, joining the national community that their service ensured. I would further argue that all of us need to “pay forward” to these individuals to ensure that future generations of young women and men can feel secure in the knowledge that military service is a life-enhancing activity that is recognized a “plus” for future civilian career success. Anything less than that would be a tragedy for these future veterans and for our collective future.

In closing –Mark Twain said, “I am glad I did it, partly because it was well worth it, and chiefly because I shall never have to do it again.” There is certainly much of this sentiment in any reflection on military service; as the Master Sargent who recruited me into the U.S. Army put it “The army is a situation of mind over matter, they don’t mind, and you don’t matter” – I shall carry my military service close to my heart, and extend the empathy it bestowed on me to my fellow veterans and fellow citizens. I believe that all of us who have had the experience are better for the experience and need to connect that experience and its lessons to our daily life. Many Thanks to the Club for inviting my comments!

Greg Mowat – Principal/Owner –  GTM Transformations LLC (SDVOB)

NOTE: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

If you’re not convinced that cyberattacks pose a real threat to your business and industry, then you’re not keeping up with current events. Consider these recent news headlines:

  • Equifax CEO departs, forgoes bonus after massive data breach
  • Feds tell state officials Russians tried to hack elections
  • Industry reactions to the Deloitte cyber attack

And cyberattacks are also becoming a growing threat in the shipping and transportation industry.

For example, in June, Maersk Line was the victim of a cyberattack, preventing it from accepting new orders.When the attack began, Maersk decided to take down a number of systems as a precaution. Due to limited access to some of its computer systems, Maersk, which handles one out of seven containers shipped worldwide, also had problems processing orders.

Maersk estimates that the bottom line damage done by the cyberattack was about $300 million. You can find out more about the cyberattack by watching this CNN interview with Vincent Clerc, Maersk’s chief commercial officer.

Since the attack, Maersk has taken a number of steps to improve its cybersecurity, and other shipping lines are taking additional steps to increase their data security.

For example, COSCO Shipping’s initial security efforts were to separate its centralized servers into individual servers limiting the risk for a system-wide compromise. More long-term, COSCO Shipping has established a strategic partnership with China Electronic Technology Cyber Security Co., Ltd. (China Cyber Security) aimed at establishing overall security of its customers and terminals.

During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, many companies are running special efforts to educate their employees about ways they can help protect themselves and their company against the many cyber threats we face today.

Here are some simple tips to stay more secure and help prevent hacks and cyberattacks:

  1. Read and abide by your company’s Internet use policy.
  2. Make your passwords complex. Use a combination of numbers, symbols, and letters (uppercase and lowercase).
  3. Change your passwords regularly (every 45 to 90 days).
  4. Don’t share any of your user names, passwords, or other computer or website access codes.
  5. Only open emails or attachments from people you know.
  6. Never install or connect any personal software or hardware to your organization’s network or hardware without permission from your IT department.
  7. Make electronic and physical back-ups or copies of all your most important work.
  8. Report all suspicious or unusual problems with your computer to your IT department.

You can find additional cybersecurity publications on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website.

Mapping Global Cyber Threats: Attempts at cyber attacks occur 24/7 around the globe. You can watch some of these attempts in real-time here.

If you would like to share the steps your company is taking to handle cyber threats, please post them on TCT’s Facebook page.