Chronicle of Philanthropy | Unraveling Webs of Wickedness
A nonprofit uncovers networks of human traffickers by connecting seemingly random bits of information
Excerpt from the Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Calls and texts to Polaris Project's national human trafficking hotline are often heartbreaking, terrifying, or both.
...As it helps victims and survivors get the assistance they need, the Polaris Project, a Washington nonprofit, is turning those phone calls and texts into an enormous storehouse of information about the shadowy world of trafficking. By analyzing this data and connecting it with public sources, the nonprofit is drawing detailed pictures of how trafficking networks operate. That knowledge, in turn, shapes the group's prevention efforts, its policy work, and even law-enforcement investigations.