Human Trafficking Trends in the United States

01/19/2015 10:45

by  Polaris Project 

Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), operated by Polaris, has worked closely with local partners to help tens of thousands of callers connect with the help and services they need. As a result of the calls, emails, and online tip reports fielded by the hotline over the course of our first five years of operation, the NHTRC maintains one of the most extensive data sets on the issue of human trafficking in the United StatesDownload the report

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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. Polaris analyzed the information learned from these interactions during the first five years of the hotline’s operation.


Key facts:

  • The NHTRC experienced a 259% increase in calls between 2008 and 2012.
  • In five years, the NHTRC 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.

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Location of potential human trafficking cases reported (2007-2012)





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[Note: January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The report available from the Polaris Project will document quite clearly that human trafficking is not just taking place outside the United States. Especially given the massive disarray in our illegal immigration problems, the statistics the Polaris Project provides show that human trafficking in the United States is increasing exponenntially. If you're curious about your State, just Google 'human trafficking your State'] -- and be ready to be surprised. -- Polaris Project on Human Trafficking, For a world without slavery Polaris   P.O. Box 65323 Washington, DC 20035 Tel: 202-745-1001  Fax: 202-745-1119 --DNI]