Hospitality Sector

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.

Hotel Companies Step Up to Fight Human Trafficking

Blog Post — January 16, 2019

Hotel companies around the world are becoming more and more aware of the ways in which traffickers are taking advantage of their business – and they’re taking action. 

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.

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.

Connecticut Moves Toward Eradicating Human Trafficking in Hotels and Motels with New Law

Blog Post — August 5, 2016

As of October 2016, Connecticut hotel and motel staff in will receive mandatory training on how to recognize the signs of human trafficking. 

Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

Blog Post — February 10, 2016

We know that human trafficking is happening in hotels and motels across the United States. So what can we do to stop it?

Human Trafficking and the Hotel Industry

Resource — March 1, 2015
Hotels are one of many venues that traffickers use to exploit their victims. As a result, industry leaders are increasingly recognizing the unique role they can play in preventing and disrupting this crime.

Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims

Resource — May 1, 2015
Sex Trafficking in the U.S.: A Closer Look at U.S. Citizen Victims provides crucial insight into the realities of sex trafficking in the U.S. based largely on experiences reported by U.S. citizen survivors.

Survivor Story: Forced at Gunpoint

Blog Post — February 23, 2015

Brittany met a man at her local mall who offered her a job at his restaurant. Instead of working as a waitress, Brittany was forced to sell sex in a hotel room.

Survivor Story: He Dreamed of Working in the United States

Blog Post — November 8, 2014

Cristopher was thrilled to be fulfilling his lifelong dream to work in the United States, and he paid his labor recruiter nearly $5,000 for the opportunity.

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