Sex Trafficking

Telling the Real Story of Human Trafficking

Published October 8, 2021
Stories have the power to change things, for better and for worse. This detailed guide is designed to help content-creators for any medium tell compelling, realistic stories of human trafficking.

Understanding Trafficking in the R. Kelly Case: Stripping Away the Glamour to Understand the Crime

Blog Post — September 28, 2021
For decades, R&B singer R. Kelly preyed on young women and men, using promises of a career in the music industry to manipulate them into abusive sexual relationships. We examine this pattern of exploitation and highlight the importance of listening to and believing all survivors.

Protecting Trafficking Victims: ICE’s New Policy Directive

Blog Post — August 23, 2021
A new policy directive issued this summer from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is an important step for the Administration to build trust with immigrant victims of crime, including victims and survivors of human trafficking, by ensuring that they receive the protections they deserve.

Human Trafficking During a Pandemic: What We Can Learn From a Snapshot in Time

Blog Post — July 21, 2021
Two recent reports based on data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline highlight how the pandemic exacerbated systemic issues while trafficking adapted to the changing contexts.

Bringing Survivor Expertise to Anti-Money Laundering Professionals

Blog Post — July 12, 2021
A collaboration between researcher and survivor expert Megan Lundstrom, Polaris, PayPal and Capital One, provides anti-money laundering professionals with new insights to interpret the stories told by the bank records and credit card transactions of people experiencing trafficking.

Sexual Exploitation During the Pandemic

Published July 8, 2021
An examination of the number of daily situations of sex trafficking reported to the Trafficking Hotline indicates a possible shift in where likely sex trafficking involving online sexual exploitation was happening during the pandemic. This in turn highlights how traffickers quickly adapt to changing contexts and the challenges and opportunities this poses to those trying to reduce and prevent sex trafficking.

Love & Trafficking: Social Media Toolkit

Published April 19, 2021
This toolkit contains social media graphics and videos available for download to share with your networks and audiences to help them understand the grooming process and how sex trafficking really happens.

Love and Trafficking: How Traffickers Groom & Control Their Victims

Blog Post — February 11, 2021
From the outside, it’s easy to tell ourselves we would never have been lured in by a trafficker who pretended to love us. But grooming - a methodical process of emotional manipulation - is time-tested and devastatingly effective. Learn more about how it works so you can spot it and protect yourself and those you care about.

Countering QAnon: Understanding the Role of Human Trafficking in the Disinformation-Extremist Nexus

Published February 8, 2021
In the wake of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, Polaris, in partnership with The Soufan Group and Limbik, has written a report that sheds light on previously unexplored links between QAnon, human trafficking, disinformation, and violent extremism.

Finding Solutions and Solidarity

Blog Post — February 5, 2021
There are many things the anti trafficking community does not agree on, and some very deep and very real divisions that make it hard to work together at times. We believe there are also real opportunities to work together toward things that will meaningfully improve people’s lives.

Human Trafficking Does Not Happen in a Vacuum

Blog Post — January 11, 2021
This January, Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Polaris and United Way are reflecting on compounding issues that are impacting human trafficking.

Happy 20th Anniversary Trafficking Victims Protection Act

Blog Post — October 28, 2020
October 28th marks 20 years since the first Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) was signed into law establishing the crime of human trafficking in the United States and forming the baseline for where the movement head.

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