Press Releases

Erica May Scherzer Named Ambassador for Polaris

October 06, 2015

Erica is a human rights advocate who has long-supported nonprofit causes in the regions she has lived. Erica joins Polaris to fight for greater resources and action against the $150 billion a year criminal industry that continues to exploit 20.9 million people in forms of modern slavery worldwide.

Mexico City's Anti-Human Trafficking Hotline to Expand Nationally

September 30, 2015

Polaris and Consejo Ciudadano announced a new partnership today that will bolster efforts to support survivors of human trafficking and disrupt human trafficking networks across borders.

Statement on 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report

July 27, 2015

Polaris issued the following statement today after the release of the 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report from the U.S. Department of State. The report lists each country in one of three tiers based on how well the governments meet the "minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons" set by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.

Polaris in the News

Thomson Reuters Foundation | Truckers join drive on U.S. highways to tackle sex trafficking

November 18, 2015

Truck driver Kevin Kimmel just finished making his overnight deliveries when he noticed something odd at the Virginia truckstop where he stopped to sleep.

A man knocked on the door of a battered recreational vehicle, went inside and the whole vehicle started rocking.

Rolling Stone | Zola Tells All

November 18, 2015

An exclusive account of how her road trip to Florida with an exotic dancer, a boyfriend and a pimp went south.

CNN Freedom Project | Tenancingo: Drugged, chained and sold for sex

November 13, 2015

The CNN Freedom Project went to Mexico to uncover the reality behind what many refer to as one of the sex trafficking capitals of the world. Tenancingo is a town built on exploitation.

Opinion Pieces

CNN Opinion | Fighting sex trafficking in the 'town built on exploitation'

December 01, 2015

By Bradley Myles, Special to CNN

(CNN) Rosa was only 17 years old when she was approached in her small hometown in Mexico by a man claiming to sell clothing. Instead, he began courting her and she quickly fell in love with him.

Huffington Post | Combating Human Trafficking in the Hotel Industry

July 22, 2015

By Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris

A teenage girl uses cash to rent a room with an older man. A housekeeper, who appears to be living on site, nervously averts eye contact when a guest approaches. A string of men enter and leave a particular room throughout the night, each staying for only 30 minutes at a time.

The News Journal | How 13-year-old Marta fell prey to human traffickers

August 30, 2014

By Chris Ann Kehner, Director of Policy for Polaris 

Abandoned by her parents at 13, Marta fell prey to human traffickers in her native Guatemala.

Forced to work in the sex industry for two years, she fled, undertaking a long, arduous journey in search of safety.

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