Coronavirus

Racial Disparities, COVID-19, and Human Trafficking

Blog Post — July 29, 2020
The pandemic is greatly impacting Latinos and Black people in the United States as the result of systemic inequities in our society. Those inequities are the same ones that create the vulnerabilities that traffickers often take advantage of.

Labor Trafficking Red Flags in Latest Work Visa Program Changes

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
During COVID-19, temporary changes in regulations to work visas, like H-2A and H-2B, benefit employers but put workers at greater risk of human trafficking and exploitation. Lack of oversight and lack of clear access to crucial information for workers increases the imbalance of power, favoring employers.

Alerta de trata laboral en los últimos cambios en visas temporales de trabajo

Blog Post — June 23, 2020
Los cambios en los protocolos de visas temporales de trabajo debido al COVID-19 crean más desbalances de poder y ponen a los trabajadores en riesgo de trata laboral.

Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic

Resource — June 10, 2020
This data brief includes analysis of relevant data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to examine the potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking

Working on the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog Post — May 26, 2020
Since March, the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has been operated from the makeshift offices of Trafficking Hotline staff. Here, they share some of their experiences and the challenges they face during this unprecedented time.

Increase in Child Exploitation May Lead to More Trafficking

Blog Post — May 20, 2020
With stay-at-home orders resulting in more children spending time online and at home, there has been an increase in reports of child abuse, which may also make children more vulnerable to trafficking.

Landlords Coercing Tenants Unable to Pay Rent to Provide Sex: Sex Trafficking or Not?

Blog Post — May 6, 2020
In the case of a landlord soliciting sex in exchange for rent, the implied threat is clear: provide sex or you and your family will be homeless. This is sex trafficking.

Trafficking Is Also Hidden in Our Favorite Restaurant’s Kitchen

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Some workers in the restaurant industry are now more isolated than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes them even more vulnerable to human trafficking.

La trata también está escondida en la cocina de nuestro restaurante favorito

Blog Post — May 1, 2020
Algunos trabajadores de la industria de restaurantes ahora están más aislados que nunca debido a la pandemia de COVID-19. Esto los hace aún más vulnerables a la trata de personas.

Sex Trafficking Is Still Happening – and May Be More Violent Than Ever

Blog Post — April 17, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people in trafficking situations and in prostitution are likely facing worse violence and abuse than ever. The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline is here to help.

COVID-19 Exposes Flaws in the H-2A Visa System

Blog Post — April 15, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has exposed systemic abuses that immigrant workers under the H-2A program suffer every year. Any protection aimed to help the agricultural sector should include these essential workers.

Domestic Workers Face Economic Devastation During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog Post — April 14, 2020
As much of the country has begun working at home for some unknown period of time, the very people we trust to care for those homes, and for our loved ones, are facing economic devastation.

Need help? Polaris operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.