Today, Polaris released the 2015 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris's BeFree Textline. In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTRC and Polaris. In total, 25,696 trafficking cases have been reported through the NHTRC and Polaris's BeFree Texline since December 2007, establishing the largest data set on human trafficking in the United States. Many people have been directly involved in these 25,000 cases.

Download a summary of the NHTRC and BeFree statistics here.

Total reported cases to the NHTRC increased by 10% since 2014, with a 15% increase in reported sex trafficking cases. While the cases of labor trafficking reported to the NHTRC decreased from 818 in 2014 to 712 in 2015, we largely attribute this decline to a chronic lack of awareness of labor trafficking within the United States.

The NHTRC and BeFree hotlines serve a variety of individuals, but the primary goal is to reach as many victims and survivors as possible to ensure they can be connected to help if they want it. Over the past year, 1,636 survivors of sex and labor trafficking sent calls, texts, emails, and webforms to the hotlines -- a 24% increase over 2014. More women, children, and men who have found themselves in trafficking situations are reaching out and receiving life-changing services and support.

But the NHTRC isn't just a lifeline for survivors, it's a useful tool for stopping traffickers, too. A new groundbreaking report from Northeastern University found that requiring the NHTRC number to be posted in public areas was the most effective way to increase the number of human trafficking arrests. Since 2007, the NHTRC has provided over 6,500 tips to law enforcement, including 1,400 in 2015.

Thank you for being a valuable partner in the fight against human trafficking. It is an honor to work alongside you. We look forward to continuing to support your efforts to not only respond to trafficking in your community, but ultimately, eradicate it as well.

With our best from Polaris,

Audrey Roofeh
Director of Advisory Services