Labor Trafficking

Positive Steps Toward Protecting House Cleaners, Nannies, and Other Domestic Workers

Blog Post — November 13, 2019
Nannies, housecleaners and health aides toil in private homes, behind closed doors, usually without onsite co-workers, and virtually without labor protections. All that makes them extremely vulnerable to labor trafficking. But two recent developments will go a long way toward helping keep this workforce safer in certain cities.

Promising Practices: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Therapeutic Support for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Resource — November 1, 2015
This report from Polaris and the Sanar Wellness Institute provides an overview of promising therapeutic support that can be used to enhance individual and group intervention for survivors of all forms of human trafficking.

Human Trafficking and the Opioid Crisis

Resource — July 1, 2017
Beginning in January 2015, Polaris has been working to further understand the relationship between drugs and human trafficking using data collected through the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

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.

Landscape Analysis: Human Trafficking for the Purpose of Labor Exploitation in Mexico

Resource — May 9, 2018
This report gathers information on labor trafficking cases in Mexico and provides a structure for its analysis.

Human Trafficking at Home

Blog Post — July 23, 2019

A new report, a joint project of Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, is an attempt to put legal and societal recommendations forward by compiling and sharing qualitative and quantitative information about the realities of life for domestic workers.

Human Trafficking at Home: Labor Trafficking of Domestic Workers

Resource — July 1, 2019
Isolated working conditions, limited legal protections and vulnerabilities mean that some domestic workers become victims of labor exploitation and trafficking.

Rebuilding Basic Worker Protections: A Step Toward Ending Labor Trafficking

Blog Post — July 15, 2019

If you’ve ever enjoyed a good time at a traveling summer carnival or fair, dined on exquisite Maryland crab legs, or perhaps appreciated the aesthetic beauty of suburban landscapes, there is a high chance you have interacted with - or been the beneficiary of - a migrant worker on an H-2B visa.

Acceptance and Love is Needed for LGBTQ+ Youth

Blog Post — June 28, 2019

June is Pride Month in the United States - a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and recognize those who fought for equal rights for gender and sexual minorities. It is important to remember that legal rights only go so far, but for many people, particularly children, and young people, the social consequences of identifying as LGBTQ+, are still devastating. 

Guest Blog: Combating the Scourge of Sea Slavery

Blog Post — June 17, 2019

In partnership with investigative journalist Ian Urbina, we are highlighting a unique form of modern slavery that exists on the high seas. Ian has been reporting for five years on lawlessness at sea in many facets, much of which has revolved around sea slavery.

How to Identify Potential Victims of Human Trafficking – Latin America

Resource — June 1, 2019
Polaris trained staff of the consulates of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras on how to identify potential victims of human trafficking.

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