The Polaris Project conducted research to help illustrate how human trafficking works in this modern era, where there are more slaves then anytime in history . Trafficking happens in many forms, and the Polaris Project categorized 25 of them to help explain the power relationships between the players, the business model and who is most impacted. This article presents a Typology of Modern Slavery
Polaris analyzed more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking documented between December 2007 and December 2016 through its operation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BeFree Textline—the largest data set on human trafficking in the United States ever compiled and publicly analyzed. Polaris’s research team analyzed the data and developed a classification system that identifies 25 types of human trafficking in the United States. Each has its own business model, trafficker profiles, recruitment strategies, victim profiles, and methods of control that facilitate human trafficking.