USA: New Report Shows Modern Slavery Trends

A note from our friends at Polaris Project:

9,298 cases of human trafficking. 72,000 calls, emails, and online tip reports. Five years of hotline data.

People are reaching out to our National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline every single day, from every state in the country, and telling us that human trafficking is happening in their communities. Today, Polaris Project is releasing a landmark report that analyzes this information, Human Trafficking Trends in the United States. This is one of the most extensive data sets of human trafficking in the U.S.

We want to ensure everyone knows how widespread this crime is. Below is a map of all human trafficking cases we learned about through the hotline from 2007 – 2012.

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I encourage you to download the report, share our infographic, and learn more about the cases reported to the hotline, including:

– The most commonly reported forms of human trafficking
– The 74 reported countries of origin for trafficked domestic workers
– The top 10 venues or industries reported that involve children
– The services most often requested by survivors

The NHTRC has provided more than 11,000 referrals for victims’ services and reported 2,841 cases to law enforcement. But Human Trafficking Trends in the United States shows more than just numbers and statistics. Throughout these five years, we have worked closely with local partners to help tens of thousands of callers connect with the help and services they need.

In the process, we have learned incredible stories of recovery, healing, and justice – the caller who was trapped on a remote farm and abused and who eventually won back wages owed by his employer. The terrified domestic worker who is now working towards her GED. The young women freed from horrific conditions in a residential brothel.

And our reach is growing. Between 2008 and 2012, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center experienced a 259% increase in calls. Call volume continues to soar in 2013.

With your support, we are connecting victims to services, helping more people learn how to recognize human trafficking, and using information learned through the hotline to better protect victims and stop traffickers. This report is a testament to the impact we are making together, but with an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide, it is also a reminder of how much more we have left to do.

Please share this information far and wide and support our efforts by making a donation.

Thank you,

Bradley Myles
Polaris Project

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