Sex Trafficking

The Tate Brothers and the Basics of “Romeo Pimping”

Blog Post — January 26, 2023
Social media personality Andrew Tate is behind bars in Romania, amid rape and human trafficking allegations. In the US, what the Tate brothers are accused of is sometimes called Romeo pimping.

In Harm’s Way: How Systems Fail Human Trafficking Survivors

Published January 25, 2023
The National Survivor Study used the experience and expertise from survivors to create a detailed picture of the arc of trafficking.

Eyes on the Future: Survivor-Partnered Research in the National Survivor Study

Blog Post — January 18, 2023
The findings of the National Survivor Study tell the story of survivors after they exit their exploitation – and it’s the first time this story is being told.

Action Guide: Trafficking Prevention for Homeless Youth in Louisville

Published December 15, 2022
For Louisville, we created this action guide with and for local stakeholders to help prevent trafficking of the local homeless youth population.

Answering the Call: 15 Years and Counting

Blog Post — November 30, 2022
For 15 years, Polaris has never turned off the lights on the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline — the country’s lifeline for victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

Action Guide: Trafficking Prevention for LGBTQ+ Communities in San Diego

Published September 29, 2022
For San Diego, we created this action guide to help prevent trafficking of the local LGBTQ+ community.

New Estimates of Human Trafficking in the World: Shocking but Not Surprising

Blog Post — September 14, 2022
The estimated number of people in situations of trafficking rose by 12 percent between 2016 and 2021, the latest international consensus study found. Today, some 27.6 million people around the globe are living without the freedom to choose how they live and work, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Walk Free.

Criminalizing Victims: Trafficking Survivors With Criminal Records Deserve Relief

Blog Post — August 15, 2022
Keyana Marshall was just 15 when she was manipulated into selling sex by a female trafficker she originally went to work for as a babysitter. Throughout her teen years she was passed from one trafficker to another. Finally, law enforcement stepped in. But for Keyana, that only made things worse. She wound up serving nearly … Continued

Polaris Statement on Sentencing of Ghislaine Maxwell

June 28, 2022
In light of today's sentencing decision in the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, Robert Beiser, Polaris's Director of the Strategic Initiative on Sex Trafficking, released the following statement

World Cup 2026: An Opportunity to Lead on Human Trafficking

Blog Post — June 23, 2022
Hosting the World Cup is a chance for cities and nations to showcase unique assets, build civic pride and create economic opportunity. It is also a significant opportunity for those same cities, now under a powerful global microscope, to become leaders in the fight to reduce and prevent human trafficking. With just a few short years until the 2026 kickoff, this is the time to get started.

VAWA Passage is Good News for Anti Trafficking Efforts

Blog Post — April 7, 2022
It's finally a crime for federal law enforcement officers to engage in sexual contact with anyone in their custody thanks to the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Human Trafficking on Euphoria and the Importance of Accurate Storytelling

Blog Post — March 24, 2022
Accurate and realistic narratives about human trafficking in TV shows and movies can have a significant impact on how many understand the issue and if victims and survivors are able to recognize their own experiences. In just a few scenes, the writers of the popular HBO series Euphoria managed to get a lot right about how human trafficking works. This is the kind of nuanced storytelling we are hoping our new guide for content creators will help spread.

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