In a recent report, Human Trafficking in Illicit Massage Businesses, Polaris reveals conditions in over 9,000 illicit massage businesses (IMBs) across the United States where thousands of women are being trafficked on any given day.
These women are often recruited through fraudulent ads that misrepresent pay and hide the sexual nature of the job. Once there, they work excessive hours and are paid less than minimum wage (or nothing) and told that this is normal. They are threatened with arrest, deportation, or shame to their families if they quit.
You can help disrupt IMBs by educating yourself and others on the indicators that a massage business is illicit, the methods of control, and the scope of this problem.