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In March 2017, Polaris in the United States of America, published The Typology of Modern Slavery: Defining Sex and Labour Trafficking in the United States.

Through an analysis of more than 32,000 cases of human trafficking documented between December 2007 and December 2016, Polaris’s research team developed a classification system that identifies 25 types of human trafficking in the United States of America.

Ranging from escort services to domestic work and from the forestry and logging industry to recreational facilities, the Typology claims to ‘’offer a map for taking the next steps in creating a world without slavery.’’

Extensive in content, the team acknowledge modern slavery is complex and diverse and many manifestations have yet to be classified. Survivors, experts and practitioners are invited to share input and help to further refine the classification system for greater accuracy.   

Arguably, this classification may have worldwide applicability.

The Typology is accessible at: file:///C:/Users/akell/Downloads/Polaris-Typology-of-Modern-Slavery.pd

Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

 

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