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California c-stores, gas stations combat human trafficking

The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) is partnering with In Our Backyard (IOB), a non-profit that fights human trafficking.

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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Daniel Infante Tuaño

IOB links c-stores and rest stops in the fight against the heinous crime and has launched its newest program, Convenience Stores Against Trafficking, which raises public awareness and trains c-store staff to recognize and report human trafficking.

With more than 11,000 storefronts along California's roads and highways, convenience stores can serve as trafficking prevention centers in local communities and on the front lines.

"With January being recognized as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, CIOMA could not be more proud of this partnership and the commitment to eradicate trafficking from our communities for good," said Ryan Hanretty, Executive Director of CIOMA.

CIOMA  is the statewide trade association of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators.

"These small, family- and minority-owned businesses are engrained in their communities and truly care about their neighbors. Our members are ready to lead the fight against the heinous crime of human trafficking," added Hanretty.

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