The marketing arm of human trafficking

Ads placed in “Erotic Services” section of craigslist in Portland, Oregon

“I expose slavery in this country, because to expose it is to kill it. Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.” – Frederick Douglass

Human traffickers are motivated by profit, and they [...]

Human trafficking and the movies

This spring is an exciting time at Polaris Project and at many of our partner organizations in the anti-trafficking field because we feel that the movement against human trafficking is gaining momentum.  There’s an increasing sense that more people are becoming aware that modern-day slavery is present in our communities.  It’s great to [...]

An end to R-E-S-P-E-C-T for P-I-M-P-S

At the Karma Nightclub in Minneapolis a few days ago, April 5, there was a Players Ball.

Let’s stop for a minute.  That’s a publicly-advertised wild bash at a nightclub, celebrating pimps’ business… What’s wrong with this picture?

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The Washington Post: A paper pimp? (part two)

The Washington Post has been advertising massage parlor ads consistently for at least 15 years. This advertisement for Hong Kong Spa appeared in the paper in 1994. The Washington Post also published a news article that described Hong Kong Spa as a sex trafficking location.

In my previous post, I referred to a policy [...]