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New Report Identifies Business Sector Intersections to Human Trafficking

July 12, 2018

Polaris released a new report detailing how traffickers exploit legitimate systems within multiple business sectors for their own profits. The analysis explores how the financial services, social media, transportation, hospitality, housing, and health care industries are being used during recruitment of victims into trafficking situations, as well as means for continued control.

Broken Temporary Work Visa System Facilitates U.S. Labor Trafficking

June 05, 2018

Polaris released a report analyzing data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline that spotlights how human traffickers are weaponizing structural flaws within the temporary work visa system.

Corporate Secrecy Fuels Human Trafficking in United States

April 19, 2018

The laws governing business registration in the United States are enabling illicit massage parlors to flourish in secrecy, shielding traffickers from law enforcement and prosecution, according to a report released by Polaris.

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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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