Press Releases

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.

Polaris Statement on Backpage

April 06, 2018

Polaris released a statement after the U.S. federal government seized Backpage.com. 

SESTA Passes Senate

March 21, 2018

Polaris applauded the U.S. Senate after the chamber passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which helps hold websites like accountable when they knowingly facilitate sex trafficking. 

National Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Jump by 13% in 2017

March 14, 2018

Cases of human trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) and BeFree Textline (233733) jumped by 13 percent in 2017 from the previous year, according to data released by Polaris.