Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses

Our research shows that more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses (IMBs) are open for business in the United States. Evidence suggests that many of the thousands of women engaging in prostitution in IMBs are victims of human trafficking. According to Polaris research, these businesses are often organized into criminal networks with revenues of around $2.5 billion a year.

 

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Overview of massage parlor trafficking

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Massage parlor trafficking is big business

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How massage parlor trafficking works

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Massage parlor trafficking networks and organized crime

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Your role in ending massage parlor trafficking

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Passing civil laws to end massage parlor trafficking

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Improving law enforcement response to massage parlor trafficking

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Other systems changes to end massage parlor trafficking

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

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