Children and Youth

Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act: One Year Later

Blog Post — May 25, 2016

This Sunday, May 29, marks the one-year anniversary of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) becoming law. This legislation made some important steps forward in the fight to end modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors.

How Your Community Can Stop the Trafficking of Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Blog Post — May 6, 2016

A lack of safe housing is a leading risk factor for sex trafficking. LGBTQ youth can be at an increased risk because they may face unique circumstances that lead to homelessness.

Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ+ Youth

Resource — May 1, 2016
Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth, made possible by the support of the Palette Fund, provides an introduction to sex trafficking for LGBTQ+ youth providers and others.

The Average Age of Entry Myth

Blog Post — January 5, 2016

Many people use one statistic to bring attention to child sex trafficking—but the statistic itself might not be true.

Knocking at Your Door: Labor Trafficking on Sales Crews

Resource — July 1, 2015
Knocking at Your Door: Labor Trafficking on Traveling Sales Crews provides an in-depth analysis of the factors that allow this crime to persist

Survivor Story: Promised an Education, Forced to Work Instead

Blog Post — June 17, 2015

Thirteen year old Natalia was told by her parents she was moving to the U.S. with family friends who would allow her to receive an education and learn English. 

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ+ Human Trafficking Victims

Resource — June 1, 2015
Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims provides valuable recommendations for providing the specialized services and resources needed by LGBTQ+ trafficking victims and survivors.

Survivor Story: From Foster Care to Sex Trafficking

Blog Post — March 17, 2015

After running away from her foster family at 14, Keisha met an older man who offered to help her find her biological family. Then he forced her into commercial sex to repay him.

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