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2015 Human Trafficking Hotlines Data Released

January 28, 2016

In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotlineand Polaris's BeFree Textline. A total of 1,636 survivors of sex and labor trafficking reached out to the hotlines, a 24 percent increase over 2014. 

UK to Launch Enhanced Modern Slavery Helpline

December 09, 2015

Polaris joined the United Kingdom Government’s Home Office and Google.org in announcing that an enhanced modern slavery helpline for the UK will launch in 2016.

Erica May Scherzer Named Ambassador for Polaris

October 06, 2015

Erica is a human rights advocate who has long-supported nonprofit causes in the regions she has lived. Erica joins Polaris to fight for greater resources and action against the $150 billion a year criminal industry that continues to exploit 20.9 million people in forms of modern slavery worldwide.

Polaris in the News

Newsweek | Los Angeles Police Arrest 198 in sex trafficking operation, rescue 18 victims

January 28, 2016

Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday morning announced that 198 people had been arrested on charges connected to sex trafficking.

The operation led to the rescue of six adult victims and 12 minors “who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual slavery,” authorities said.

Associated Press | FBI tries new approach in Super Bowl sex trafficking fight

January 12, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For the first time in its efforts to crack down on sex trafficking during the Super Bowl, the FBI will try to reach out to women and girls selling sex in the run-up to the game to give them a way out and get them to turn against their traffickers.

Telegraph | New anti-slavery helpline launched with £1m from Google

December 09, 2015

The Government is to set up an improved helpline for victims of "modern slavery" next year after securing £1m in funding from Google.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the new service will also make it easier for the public to report suspected exploitation.

Opinion Pieces

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.

The News Journal | How 13-year-old Marta fell prey to human traffickers

August 30, 2014

By Chris Ann Kehner, Director of Policy for Polaris 

Abandoned by her parents at 13, Marta fell prey to human traffickers in her native Guatemala.

Forced to work in the sex industry for two years, she fled, undertaking a long, arduous journey in search of safety.

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