ABC's American Crime


Modern slavery is an often misunderstood crime. When it is, people don’t realize it’s happening within their own communities or that it manifests itself across multiple types—domestic work, escort services, agriculture, and more.

That's why Polaris could not be prouder to have worked with the team of ABC’s critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning series, "American Crime," over the past year to help develop their third season, focused specifically on issues surrounding modern slavery. We believe this season of "American Crime" will be one of the most effective tools the anti-human trafficking field has had to convey the full complexity of human trafficking in the United States.

The crimes depicted on the show are indeed real, and happening in the United States. It could even be happening near you.

If you identify with a situation being portrayed on "American Crime" and want to reach out for help to learn your options and be connected to services in your area, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. Additionally, here is some more information:

The Fair Food Program, created by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, operates in seven states and three crops, including tomatoes. It has developed an approach that not only fights forced labor in agriculture, but prevents it from happening in the first place. Learn how you can help expand this consumer-powered, worker-driven solution by going to  

Domestic workers face unique vulnerabilities when it comes to human trafficking. In 2016, domestic work represented the largest sector of all reported labor trafficking cases in the U.S. Earlier this month, the National Domestic Workers Alliance released a new report, The Human Trafficking of Domestic Workers in the United States: Findings from the Beyond Survival Campaign, with recommendations of practices and policies to help end all forms of trafficking. National Domestic Workers Alliance fights for the respect, recognition and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers in the U.S. To learn more, visit NDWA's website

Learn the signs of human trafficking by clicking here.

Access outreach and awareness materials here.

Find resources about sex and labor trafficking here

Find local organizations in your area working on human trafficking or serving survivors here.

Here are a few facts about human trafficking and modern slavery:

  • According to the International Labour Organization, there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.
  • The ILO estimates that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion dollar business worldwide.
  • Since 2007, more than 31,600 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.
  • Human trafficking happens in all 50 states. Find out more about your state here.
  • U.S. Department of Labor has identified 139 goods from 75 countries made by forced and child labor.
  • There is no official estimate of the total number of human trafficking victims in the U.S. Polaris estimates that the total number of victims nationally reaches into the hundreds of thousands when estimates of both adults and minors and sex trafficking and labor trafficking are aggregated.

We encourage you to visit the Human Trafficking section of our website to learn more. You can donate to Polaris by clicking here.

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