Sex Trafficking

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.

Preventing Sex Trafficking By Creating Community

Blog Post — February 28, 2022
Establishing a community center in San Diego that provides a safe space to meet the needs of young Black, LGBTQ+ people would make a significant dent in the likelihood that they would fall prey to sex traffickers.

Love & Trafficking: Being THAT Friend

Blog Post — February 8, 2022
In the hands of human traffickers, love is one of the most powerful weapons. That's why it is important to be THAT friend - the one who understands the difference between love and trafficking and has hard conversations with loved ones you are concerned about when necessary.

Tracing the Patterns of Trafficking in the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Blog Post — November 28, 2021
Photo Credit: Ghislaine Maxwell – I. Maxwell, CC BY-SA 4.0 High-profile human trafficking cases get a lot of attention because they seem unique. In some cases, that’s because of the status of the perpetrators, or because of the lavish lifestyles they show to those who would never otherwise see them, or the massive sums of … Continued

Human Trafficking 101

Published October 12, 2021
Compassionate, committed individuals and communities like yours are the most powerful resource there is to prevent and reduce human trafficking. But to leverage your power, you need the best possible information. For this reason, Polaris has created an interactive, online training program: Human Trafficking 101.

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.

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