Human Trafficking

National Human Trafficking Resource Center


“Call: 1-888-373-7888  |

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC’s mission is to connect human trafficking victims and survivors to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The NHTRC offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.

Learn more at to:

Llama la línea gratuita y confidencial 1-888-373-7888:

  • Denunciar casos de trata
  • Conectarse con servicios en su localidad
  • Pedir información o recursos en español sobre la trata de personas y la esclavitud moderna.

The NHTRC has been operated since December 7th, 2007, by Polaris, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery and restore freedom to survivors of human trafficking. We are not a government entity, law enforcement, or immigration authority. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other private donors and supporters.

BeFree Textline

Text Help to 233733 (BeFree)
Hours of Operation: 3:00pm – 11:00pm EST

Polaris also independently operates the BeFree Textline. Victims and survivors may send a message to BeFree (233733) to get help or to connect with local services. Learn more about BeFree here.


Polaris Project

“Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systemically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Our comprehensive model puts victims at the center of what we do – helping survivors restore their freedom, preventing more victims, and leveraging data and technology to pursue traffickers wherever they operate.” (

From the US Customs and Border Protection Website:

“Human Trafficking 

In 2000, Congress signed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act into law, representing the beginning of a large-scale, coordinated effort by the United States government to fight human trafficking.

A decade later, human trafficking remains prevalent. According to the most recent figures available (Source: United Nations, International Labor Organization):

  • There are at least 12.3 million enslaved adults and children around the world “at any given time.”
  • Of these, at least 1.39 million are victims of commercial sexual servitude, both internationally and within national borders. More than half, 56 percent, of all forced labor victims are women and girls.

What Is Human Trafficking?

Although the legal definition of human trafficking is complex, the simple meaning of it is not. It occurs when a person is induced by force, fraud or coercion to:

  • Work under the total or near-total control of another person or organization (slavery or involuntary servitude)
  • Forced to pay off a loan by working instead of paying money, for an agreed-upon or unclear period of time (debt bondage) or even without an agreement as to the timeframe (peonage)
  • Perform a sex act for money or anything of value (if under 18, force, fraud or coercion is not required)”

for more information, see:

Human Trafficking Awareness Training

For Human Trafficking Awareness Posters

 (posters were created for the No Te Engañes campaign.)



“Global Safety Net



Human trafficking networks operate across borders, but governments and civil society organizations struggle to develop cross-border collaborations to shut down traffickers and strengthen the global safety net for survivors of human trafficking. As people flee violence, persecution, or seek economic opportunities outside of their own countries, they can all too easily be ensnared in exploitative situations. Traffickers capitalize on language and cultural barriers, as well as victims’ lack of knowledge of legal rights or local support systems in a new country. In addition, under-resourced service providers need more avenues to communicate with each other, share strategies, and build partnerships to establish cross-border support systems for survivors of human trafficking.


To eradicate trafficking across borders and strengthen services for victims, Polaris galvanizes regional collaboration among service providers, governments, and law enforcement entities to share data, strategies, and resources. Based on our expertise operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline and BeFree Textline, Polaris has discovered the potential of a hotline to function as a coordination mechanism for the anti-trafficking movement in a country by increasing victim identification; building relationships with service providers, law enforcement, and government; and pinpointing gaps in resources and response through the development of critical data collection systems.


The close relationship between Canada, Mexico, and the US affords a great opportunity to build a comprehensive regional approach to eliminate human trafficking. Polaris is supporting the development of strong national human trafficking hotlines in Mexico and Canada and collaborating with multiple groups that share an interest in reducing human trafficking in the region.

Polaris also builds connections with diverse organizations and hotlines in other regions of the world that face significant national and regional human trafficking problems. These activities include:

  • Conducting hotline training in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East
  • Leading training on hotline data systems in Eastern Europe to improve data collection and facilitate the exchange of data between hotlines
  • Hosting the first bilateral consultation between hotlines in Thailand and Vietnam.

Global Modern Slavery Directory

1763 Organizations that Help Around the World

“Polaris has created the Global Modern Slavery Directory, an interactive, publicly searchable map and database of organizations and agencies across the globe that address the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking. The Global Modern Slavery Directory is a central, publicly accessible tool that anyone can use to locate resources for victims of human trafficking and exploitation in any part of the world.”

UNE Online






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