Is human trafficking getting worse?
We can verify that human trafficking is getting worse.
We looked at numbers from the nonprofit organization, Polaris, a resource center that gets its numbers from the reports and phone calls coming into the organization.
It produces videos like that are designed to educate and fight what it calls a form of "modern slavery."
Polaris provided this most recent report, from 2016, which found 7,500 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016.
That's up from 5,526 in the previous year.
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