Black slaves, for decades, made use of the North Star to lead them to emancipation down the Underground Railroad. At present, more than a century after slavery was formally brought to an end in America, the Polaris Project tries to become a guiding light of free will and liberty for present slaves whose populations all over the world are continuously ballooning. The Polaris Project is an organization engaged in the war against human trafficking. Its name was inspired by the North Star. The organization has been creating an inclusive strategy to fighting present-day slavery and human trafficking since 2002 (Meyn, 2007). It operates at local, national, and global arenas.
As stated by the organization, human trafficking is one of the biggest organized crimes in the world, and is intensifying at a disturbing pace. The office of the Attorney General reported in 2004 to Congress that annually “14,500 to 17,500 foreign nationals are trafficked into the United States” (Meyn, 2007, 10). The Polaris Project is parading the catchphrase ‘Slavery Still Exists’ to mobilize the public against human trafficking. The organization is disseminating information and publicizing the campaign by pulling together pictures of homespun posters or clothes splashed with the phrase “Slavery Still Exists” (Meyn, 2007, 10). The organization is one of the most important movements that adopt a comprehensive strategy against human trafficking and giving support and aid to the victims. Adherents and practitioners who collaborate with the organization aspire to nurture hope and encouragement among victims of human trafficking, and to mobilize the organization’s inadequate resources to give assistance to those affected, team up with community associations, and lend a hand to everybody caught in human trafficking, as well as those who are culpable of the crime themselves.
One of the most important activities of the organization is the conference call to