Financial Systems

Launch of the Polaris Financial Intelligence Unit

Blog Post — February 18, 2020
The Financial Intelligence Unit will equip financial services with tools to better understand how traffickers use banks, credit cards, payment processors and the like.

Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses

Resource — January 1, 2018
By mapping and cross-referencing numerous publicly available datasets, Polaris found more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses operating in America.

Systemic Change Matrix: Disrupting and Preventing Human Trafficking

Resource — May 31, 2018
This matrix depicts the 25 major types of human trafficking in the United States, cross-referenced with eight highlighted systems and industries.

Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas: A Data Analysis 2015-2017

Resource — June 1, 2018
This report analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and spotlights how human traffickers are weaponizing structural flaws within the temporary work visa system.

I Work at a Bank or Money Wire Service: What Can I Do to Combat Human Trafficking?

Blog Post — September 26, 2018

Human trafficking is a business and the International Labour Organization estimates that it is a $150 billion global industry. A significant amount of this money will go through legitimate financial institutions, like retail bank branches.

On-Ramps, Intersections, and Exit Routes: A Roadmap for Systems and Industries to Prevent and Disrupt Human Trafficking

Resource — July 1, 2018
This report highlights the way industries can make fundamental shifts to their systems to prevent, detect, and disrupt human trafficking.

New Report Provides Roadmap for Industries to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Blog Post — July 26, 2018

Polaris released its newest ground-breaking report on how human trafficking business models attempt to intersect with and use legitimate businesses like financial services, social media, hotels & motels, transportation systems, health care, and housing and homelessness systems to further their operations in very specific ways to recruit and exploit victims.

Netflix’s Ozark, Money Laundering, and Massage Parlor Trafficking

Blog Post — July 11, 2018

If you’re a fan of the Netflix series Ozark, you’re probably already very familiar with the dangerous art of money laundering. 

The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States

Resource — March 1, 2017
From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, the ways humans are exploited differ greatly. Each type has unique strategies for recruiting and controlling victims and concealing the crime.

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