Polaris report on Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses in the United States January 2017
“By mapping and cross referencing numerous publicly available datasets, Polaris found more than 9,000 illicit massage businesses operating in America. They exist in every single state and revenues for these businesses total approximately $2.5 billion a year. Evidence gathered from the Hotline, from focus groups and from extensive case studies suggest that thousands of women are being trafficked in massage parlors in the United States on any given day.”
This study provides a detailed account of labor and sexual exploitation experienced by homeless youth in Covenant House’s care in ten cities.