Press Releases

Human Trafficking Hotline Cases Projected to Jump 25% in 2018

December 18, 2018

The number of cases of human trafficking reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline are projected to jump about 25 percent in 2018 compared to 2017. This is based on early numbers released by Polaris, which has been operating the National Hotline for 11 years. 

Polaris, Liberty Global | Asia Join Forces to Help Finance Industry Fight Human Trafficking

September 18, 2018

Polaris and Liberty Global | Asia today announced a new partnership to provide support, guidance, and direction to the finance industry in North America in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery.

Polaris Applauds Johnson ACF Vote

August 28, 2018

Polaris issued a statement after the U.S. Senate approved the nomination of  Lynn A. Johnson, as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in a bipartisan vote.

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 5, 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 6, 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.

Polaris Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Internet Sex Trafficking Bill

February 27, 2018

Polaris hailed passage of legislation in the U.S. House that fights sex trafficking being facilitated online by advertising websites.

National Human Trafficking Hotline Expands to Text, Chat Services

February 7, 2018

The National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) announced that it has expanded the modes of communication survivors can use to reach out and get connected to help to include 24/7 SMS texting and online chat services in both English and Spanish. 

New Report Details Human Trafficking in Massage Parlors

January 17, 2018

Polaris released a new report spotlighting human trafficking within illicit massage businesses, commonly known as massage parlors. 

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