Social Media/Online

The Future of Human Rights on web3

Published June 9, 2022
Polaris, a technology-enabled NGO that fights sex and labor trafficking, uses its multidisciplinary expertise on human trafficking and applied cryptography to outline a vision for web3 that will empower and protect vulnerable communities while holding perpetrators of abuse and crimes accountable.

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.

Awareness vs. Understanding of Human Trafficking

Blog Post — January 6, 2022
Twenty years ago human trafficking had only officially been a crime in this country for about a year. Building awareness was an urgent undertaking. Today, we see a new urgency around awareness - the need to move past the myths and stereotypes toward a deeper understanding of how human trafficking actually happens.

Human Trafficking 101: Combating Misinformation with Education

Blog Post — October 11, 2021
Compassionate, committed individuals and communities that care are the most powerful resource there is to prevent and reduce human trafficking. However, to leverage this power, we must ensure that they are armed with the knowledge necessary to do the work.

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

Updated February 1, 2022
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.

Child Sex Trafficking Share Graphics

Published August 1, 2020
This social media toolkit includes graphics and a video available for download to educate your friends, family, and followers on what we know about child sex trafficking. You can also visit us on Instagram to share our story highlight and tag us.

Pride Month Social Media Toolkit

Published June 1, 2020
The toolkit contains social media graphics available for download to help ensure vulnerable populations have access to services and safety through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Separating Fact From Fiction: Recent Cases of Recovered Missing Children and What They Show About Child Sex Trafficking

Blog Post — September 24, 2020
Not all the missing children recovered in recent high profile U.S. Marshals operations were victims of human trafficking. But what we know about those operations reconfirms what we know about how sex trafficking happens in the vast majority of situations.

Polaris Statement Regarding Rumors About Unclaimed Package Text Messages and Sex Trafficking Scheme

August 27, 2020
In the past week, the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has received numerous reports involving text messages claiming the recipient has an unclaimed package awaiting delivery.

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