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U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Soar by 25 Percent in 2018

July 30, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2019) — On the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Polaris is announcing that human trafficking cases reported to the U.S.

New Report Spotlights the Trafficking of Nannies, House Cleaners, Other Domestic Workers in the U.S.

July 24, 2019

Nannies, house cleaners, home health aides, and other domestic workers frequently labor for extremely low pay, sometimes in conditions so abusive it amounts to exploitation and human trafficking, according to a report released by Polaris and the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Polaris Statement on Jeffrey Epstein

July 08, 2019

Polaris, a DC-based nonprofit that operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline for the United States, issued a statement in light of federal prosecutors unsealing new charges against Jeffrey Epstein. 

Polaris in the News

Reuters | Airbnb vows to tackle sex trafficking in rental homes

February 18, 2018

Airbnb exclusively told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that it has teamed up with anti-trafficking charity Polaris to train its employees, develop new systems and work with the police to spot signs of slavery and prevent people from being trafficked.

New York Times | With Eyes in the Sky, Flight Attendants Fight Human Trafficking

February 07, 2017

The nonprofit organization she joined in 2015, Airline Ambassadors International, trains workers at airlines and airports how to spot, and report, cases of human trafficking. It also delivers humanitarian aid around the world and transports sick children who need medical care.

Ask Amy: Celebrate the season by giving to charity

December 27, 2016

The Chicago Tribune's Amy Dickinson featured Polaris in her "Ask Amy" column. Read an exerpt below:

Opinion Pieces

#YATíQueTePrometieron

October 07, 2016
By Luis Wertman Zaslav, President of the Red Nacional de Consejos Ciudadanos de México
 
Una promesa de amor, de trabajo, de casa. En suma de una mejor vida, es normalmente la puerta de ingreso a la trata de personas, uno de los crímenes más atroces que hemos creado en la historia. 

CNN Opinion | Fighting sex trafficking in the 'town built on exploitation'

December 01, 2015

By Bradley Myles, Special to CNN

(CNN) Rosa was only 17 years old when she was approached in her small hometown in Mexico by a man claiming to sell clothing. Instead, he began courting her and she quickly fell in love with him.

Huffington Post | Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

July 22, 2015

By Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris

A teenage girl uses cash to rent a room with an older man. A housekeeper, who appears to be living on site, nervously averts eye contact when a guest approaches. A string of men enter and leave a particular room throughout the night, each staying for only 30 minutes at a time.

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