Human traffickers exploit legitimate systems within multiple business sectors for their own profits. From traffickers who use banks to store their earnings and buses to move their victims around, to the hotel rooms that are integral to the operations of some sex traffickers and the social media that are vital recruitment tools, this report highlights the way industries can make fundamental shifts to their systems to prevent, detect, and disrupt human trafficking.
As with any enterprise, human trafficking ventures are not built in a vacuum but rather depend on and intersect with legitimate industries and systems. Examples are abundant. Traffickers use banks for their earnings and buses to move their victims around; hotel rooms are integral to some sex traffickers, while social media is a recruitment trawling ground for others. The details matter. The more we know about the business plans of human trafficking, the better we can prevent and disrupt the crime and help survivors find freedom. To learn more, Polaris surveyed and interviewed the real experts on human trafficking - the survivors who lived through it. This report compiles what we learned, and how those insights can be used by businesses committed to change.