Social Media/Online

From Recruitment to Resilience: Trafficking Survivors Find Support on Social Media

Blog Post — March 6, 2019

For many survivors of commercial exploitation and trafficking, social media has been an integral part of their recovery process as well as a way to network and grow professionally.

Surviving with Social Media: How Victims and Survivors use Social Media to Stay Safe

Blog Post — February 28, 2019

More than three-quarters of survivors surveyed by Polaris in 2017 reported that they used internet platforms during their exploitation.

Looking for Love Online this Valentine’s Day?

Blog Post — February 7, 2019

While social media has brought us more possibilities to meet new people and stay in touch with old friends, sex traffickers have long learned it’s benefits for tricking young people into sexual exploitation. 

New Report Provides Roadmap for Industries to Join the Fight Against Human Trafficking

Blog Post — July 26, 2018

Polaris released its newest ground-breaking report on how human trafficking business models attempt to intersect with and use legitimate businesses like financial services, social media, hotels & motels, transportation systems, health care, and housing and homelessness systems to further their operations in very specific ways to recruit and exploit victims.

The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labor Trafficking in the United States

Resource — March 1, 2017
From sex trafficking to labor trafficking, the ways humans are exploited differ greatly. Each type has unique strategies for recruiting and controlling victims and concealing the crime.

What the Arrest of the Backpage.com CEO Means for the Fight Against Trafficking

Blog Post — October 7, 2016

This is a major blow against an organization that many have called the “world’s top online brothel."

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