Sex Trafficking

2020 Trafficking in Persons Report Recommendations

Blog Post — June 29, 2020
The 2020 Trafficking in Persons is primarily a tool of diplomacy, used to help engage foreign governments in efforts to make positive changes that protect vulnerable people and end exploitation. But it is also a good jumping off point for the United States to do some much needed self-examination. 

Landlords Coercing Tenants Unable to Pay Rent to Provide Sex: Sex Trafficking or Not?

Blog Post — May 6, 2020
In the case of a landlord soliciting sex in exchange for rent, the implied threat is clear: provide sex or you and your family will be homeless. This is sex trafficking.

The Latino Face of Human Trafficking and Exploitation in the United States

Resource — April 24, 2020
This report analyzes data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline and exposes the types of trafficking in which populations from Latin American and the Caribbean are victimized in the United States.

Sex Trafficking Is Still Happening – and May Be More Violent Than Ever

Blog Post — April 17, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people in trafficking situations and in prostitution are likely facing worse violence and abuse than ever. The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline is here to help.

COVID-19 May Increase Human Trafficking in Vulnerable Communities

Blog Post — April 7, 2020
Communities more vulnerable to violence, abuse, and exploitation in the wake of this massive, worldwide economic and social disruption may be at increased risk of human trafficking.

The Effect of COVID-19 on Human Trafficking

Blog Post — March 24, 2020
While we can’t know for certain the effect COVID-19 has on human trafficking, we are worried the economic effects of this virus will increase vulnerabilities that make people susceptible to trafficking in the first place.

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.

Join the Solution

Resource — November 15, 2017
A Polaris campaign, "Join the Solution," invites the Latino and Hispanic community to learn about sex trafficking and take action by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

More Than Drinks for Sale: Sex Trafficking in U.S. Cantinas and Bars

Resource — September 15, 2016
Across the United States, thousands of Latina women are prisoners of the sex trafficking industry in bars and cantinas.

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.

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