Since 2007, Polaris Project has been working with multiple local organizations across the US to connect victims of human trafficking with help and services.
Polaris Project is contacted by tens of thousands of victims through the National Human Trafficking Resource Center via phone calls, emails and online tips. As a result the NHTRC maintains one of the most extensive data sets on the issue of human trafficking in the United States.
From December 7, 2007, through December 31, 2012, the NHTRC answered 65,557 calls, 1,735 online tip forms, and 5,251 emails — totaling more than 72,000 interactions. This report is based on the information learned from these interactions during the first five years of the hotline’s operation by Polaris Project.
- The NHTRC experienced a 259% increase in calls between 2008 and 2012.
- In five years, they have received reports of 9,298 unique cases of human trafficking.
- The three most common forms of sex trafficking reported to the hotline involved pimp-controlled prostitution, commercial-front brothels, and escort services. Labor trafficking was most frequently reported in domestic work, restaurants, peddling rings, and sales crews.
- 41% of sex trafficking cases and 20% of labor trafficking cases referenced U.S. citizens as victims.
- Women were referenced as victims in 85% of sex trafficking cases, and men in 40% of labor trafficking cases.