Do you remember the last time you saw a story in your local news about illicit activities at a massage parlor? What you might not have realized is that many of the women in the photos are actually human trafficking victims. Instead of being protected like other victims of crime, they are being exposed and publicly shamed.

These women believe that in order to protect themselves and their families they need to keep quiet. Therefore, instead of telling the police “I’m a victim, please help me,” they either remain silent or assume responsibility themselves. While this reflects an inner strength on the part of trafficking victims, it also opens them up to unwitting revictimization by news outlets.

To learn more about this issue, as well as what you can do to prevent revictimization of trafficking victims by local and national media, click the button above. You can also click here to read Polaris' article about how traffickers manipulate and control their victims. Please also click here to read Polaris' article on how following the money can be more effective than targeting trafficking victims.

Forms of Abolition:
Awareness

Forms of Slavery:
Sex Trafficking