Trafficking Hotline

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.

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.

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.

Why an Increase in Victims and Survivors Contacting the Trafficking Hotline is Meaningful

Blog Post — August 4, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline saw a nearly 20 percent increase in victims and survivors directly reaching out for support. This indicates a significant development for both the Trafficking Hotline and the anti-trafficking field as a whole.

More Trafficking Survivors Reaching Out for Help

July 30, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline reports an overall increase in human trafficking situations last year, and an increase in survivors contacting the Trafficking Hotline directly. 

U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics

Updated July 30, 2020
The U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has handled 63,380 situations of human trafficking since 2007, comprising one of the largest known publicly available data sets on human trafficking in the United States.

How Unproven Trafficking Stories Spread Online and Why Stopping Them Matters

Blog Post — July 22, 2020
The Wayfair theory, like other viral stories, can potentially result in overwhelming services meant for victims, as well as increasing online harassment and privacy intrusions of people mistakenly believed to be victims. These theories also detract from the knowledge we do have about how sex trafficking actually works, and how we can prevent it.

Human Trafficking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 10, 2020
Polaris tracked the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. As part of this effort, Polaris has undertaken a systematic examination of relevant data from the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. The data brief includes the findings of this analysis and policy recommendations.

Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic

Published June 10, 2020
This data brief includes analysis of relevant data from the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline to examine the potential impact of COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

Working on the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Blog Post — May 26, 2020
Since March, the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline has been operated from the makeshift offices of Trafficking Hotline staff. Here, they share some of their experiences and the challenges they face during this unprecedented time.

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.

Join the Solution

Published 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.

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