Polaris, an anti-human trafficking agency, opened the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2007. Since that time, the hotline has grown to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with assistance in over 200 languages and access via telephone, text, email and chat.
Polaris took their name from the North Star, which was used as a beacon for those held in slavery fighting towards freedom. In a similar manner, in order to disrupt this modern day era of slavery, Polaris connects those calling the hotline with other agencies that are available for trauma support and assistance.
The data mined from the hotline also serves as an outline for the trends and movements of human trafficking over time, as well as current activity. Some of the data the National Human Trafficking Hotline was able to gather was a report from December 2007 to December 2016 of the number of calls received from each city regarding human trafficking. The top ten cities with the highest number of calls per capita are (highest to lowest): Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FL; Miami, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Sacramento, CA; St. Louis, MO; Baton Rouge, LA; Columbus, OH; and Richmond, VA.
Polaris has been able to serve an important function by creating and maintaining a hotline for those with little access to any other help and they continue to try to make it more accessible. As well, use the information to target human traffickers and disturb this $150 billion industry.
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