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2020 HOTLINE DATA NOW AVAILABLE

trafficking trends

In a year when everything from crime to commerce saw dramatic shifts, reports of human trafficking were most notable for their consistency. Trafficking continues to be highly personal and profoundly adaptable.

TRAFFICKING Hotline Data

25 Million people

ARE TRAFFICKED WORLDWIDE.

We cannot end this one person, one survivor at a time. But with your help, we can target the systems that make human trafficking possible.

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Myth

Human trafficking is always or usually a violent crime.

 

Reality
The most pervasive myth about human trafficking is that it often involves kidnapping or physically forcing someone into a situation. In reality, most traffickers use psychological means such as, tricking, defrauding, manipulating or threatening victims into providing commercial sex or exploitative labor.

Myth

All human trafficking involves commercial sex.

 

Reality

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to get another person to provide labor or commercial sex. Worldwide, experts believe there are more situations of labor trafficking than of sex trafficking, but there is much wider awareness of sex trafficking in the U.S. than of labor trafficking.

Myth

Traffickers target victims they don’t know.

 

Reality

Many survivors have been trafficked by romantic partners, including spouses, and by family members, including parents.

Who We Are

Founded in 2002, Polaris is named for the North Star, which people held in slavery in the United States used as a guide to navigate their way to freedom. Today we are filling in the roadmap for that journey and lighting the path ahead.

Serving victims and survivors through the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Building a dataset that illuminates how human trafficking really works, in real time.

Turning knowledge into targeted systems-level strategies to disrupt and prevent human trafficking.

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Human Trafficking Training

Compassionate, committed individuals that care are the most powerful resource there is to prevent and reduce human trafficking. However, to leverage this power, we must ensure we armed with the knowledge necessary to do the work.

National Survivor Study

The National Survivor Study is a scientifically rigorous research project developed in full partnership with survivors of human trafficking to gain insights that we can use to push for real and impactful change.

Essential Guide for H-2A Visa Sponsors

This toolkit provides an overview of the risks of labor trafficking inherent in the H-2A visa program and helps you understand how to protect your workers. By protecting your workers, you will also protect your business.

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