Coronavirus

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

Blog Post — May 26, 2020
For the last two months, 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.

COVID-19 May Increase Human Trafficking in Vulnerable Communities

Blog Post — April 7, 2020
Communities more vulnerable to violence, abuse, and exploitation in the wake of this massive, worldwide economic and social disruption may be at increased risk of human trafficking.

Essential Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog Post — March 30, 2020
We know that many survivors of human trafficking and others may have questions about how to access essential services during this time. Here is a set of resources that might help.

Immigrant Workers Have Never Been More Important to Our Wellbeing

Blog Post — March 27, 2020
US response to the COVID-19 may potentially harm farmworkers under the H-2A visa program, but their labor is needed to keep food on Americans’ tables.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Human Trafficking

Blog Post — March 24, 2020
While we can’t know for certain the effect COVID-19 has on human trafficking, we are worried the economic effects of this virus will increase vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to trafficking in the first place.

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